By Mea Donnelly
This is Lolla’s 25th anniversary, making it the perfect year to hit up Chicago’s world famous event for Illini. Not only is Lolla going to be four days of crazy fun, from July 28 to July 31, but the lineup is also pretty sick this year.
Thursday is a really good day to go for a couple of reasons. The first is J. Cole. J. Cole is essential to see if you love rap. His songs like “No Role Modelz” and “G.O.M.D” are some of my favorites and his set is going to be really good. Another headliner on Thursday is Lana Del Rey. Lana is great with hits like “High by the Beach” and “Young and Beautiful.” If you love Lana, she is definitely going to be at a main stage and get a lot of time. G-Eazy is also playing on Thursday. If you don’t currently listen to G-Eazy, you most definitely should. G-Eazy keeps it real with songs like “Tumblr Girls” and “Let’s Get Lost.” Rounding out the amazing Thursday headliners is Flosstradamus. As a huge fan of EDM, I love Floss. Floss’s songs are amazing to dance to and simply great for letting loose. If you want to get into Floss before Lolla, I definitely suggest “Prison Riot” or “Roll Up.” Besides these headliners, the 1975, Bastille, The Arcs, Cashmere Cat, Waves, Somo and many more artists will be playing on this stacked day.
Friday is another stacked day. First you have Radiohead, the British rock band, at the top of the headliners. Radiohead is great if you love more classic rock and they will definitely get a huge timeslot at a main stage. Next is Future. You most definitely know Future if you have ever gone out while at UIUC with his song “Jumpman” with Drake. His set is going to be really good and I suggest looking at his latest album, What a Time to Be Alive, before you head to Grant Park on Friday. In terms of EDM, Friday is going to be really good with Major Lazer and Martin Garrix. “Tremor” and “Lean On” are some of my favorite songs by these artists, but both have a lot of cool lesser-known house music that I am sure they will play some time at Perry’s. Besides these, M83, Mac Miller, Ghost, A$AP Ferg, Duke Dumont, Alessia Cara, Audien, Hayden James, Muddy Magnolias and a lot of other cool artists will be playing on Friday.
THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ARE PLAYING!!!! If you have ever listened to the radio in the 2000s, you know the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They will definitely play their songs “Californication,” “Snow,” and “Dani California” on a main stage. Jane’s Addiction and Disclosure are also headliners on Saturday. Both of these groups are really cool and will have very good sets. Hardwell is also playing on Saturday, probably at the prime Perry’s time slot. Hardwell is really cool if you like house music and he has been laying a lot of cool remixes lately, which you can check out on Spotify. Saturday is just too stacked for me to go into detail. A lot of these names speak for themselves: Chris Stapleton, Leon Bridges, Big Gigantic, Vic Mensa, St. Lucia, X Ambassadors, Chairlift, AC Slater, secret Weapons and other big names.
In classic Lolla tradition, Sunday is one of the best days of the festival, with a lot of household names. Ellie Goulding will be playing at a main stage. Her set is going to be insane, given the popularity of a lot of her recent songs. Flume is also going to be on Sunday. Flume is great if you like more alternative music. I definitely suggest listening to his album, Skin, before heading out to Grant Park on Sunday. Rounding out the day will be LCD Soundsystem, Haim, Halsey, Bryson Tiller, Bloc Party, Adventure Club, Vince Staples, Lindsey Stirling, Fidlar, Marian Hill, Classixx, Mija, Jackal, Louis the child, Burns, VHS Collection, Lanco and more. Yes, Sunday is going to be amazing.
Lolla this has a 100% chance of being amazing this year, and I definitely recommend going! Let’s take Lolla Chambana style.