South Americans are in for a treat at next year's Lollapalooza, with Eminem, Florence + The Machine, Jack Ü, Mumford & Sons, and a slew of other high profile artists announced to perform at the run of two day events happening in three cities across the region.
Photo: Stephan Flad.
Lollapalooza branched out into Europe for the first time over the weekend, taking Berlin's Tempelhof Airport by storm. The sold out event drew huge numbers of music fans down to the defunct airport (one of the coolest festival venues I've been too, I'll add) for some brilliant sets by artists who've been away for a little while, some of the biggest names touring at the moment and some recent festival favourites. Having attended Lollapalooza in Chicago last year, I felt like I was going into this one at least a little prepared, but Berlin's festival game was another beast in itself.
Photo: David Edwards.
Alex Kapranos of Scotland's Franz Ferdinand, together with his band of Franz brothers, recently formed what can only be described as a 'supergroup', in FFS. Having teamed up with rock legends Sparks, they've created an exciting, unpredictable album, titled FFS. Talking at this year's Lollapalooza Berlin festival with Sosefina Fuamoli, Kapranos shares his experience on creating the album with a few words of wisdom...
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Sunday night saw Muse headline the Main Stage in Berlin for the first ever European leg of Lollapalooza. It had been a big weekend for the British act, who had only recently announced the first dates of their new world tour in support of latest album Drones and on Friday night, they'd performed a special surprise show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. Flying into Germany for a cheeky lil' Sunday night show with 50,000 plus fans seemed like the perfect way to wind it all down, right?
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Only some hours ago in Berlin, music fans saw out the first official Lollapalooza event in their city. Across three stages at the Tempelhof Airport, Muse, Tame Impala and Martin Garrix brought 50,000 plus people together to celebrate the end of a weekend of great music, perfect weather and a successful festival line up.
The first day and night of the inaugural European extension of Lollapalooza came to a close at the Tempelhof Airport on Saturday, with hip-hop, rock and roll and dance music setting up a killer final few hours for punters to power on through to. With perfect weather conditions, an excellent venue and a solid line up of internationally renowned acts performing promptly throughout the Lollapalooza Berlin's first day, festival goers were spoiled for choice when it came not only to the variety of food options on offer, but musical fare too.
Lollapalooza comes to Berlin this weekend, taking over the Tempelhof Airport on Saturday and Sunday for the first time ever in its extensive history. The event marks the festival franchise's inaugural European event and as we look ahead to the weekend of live music from the likes of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Tame Impala, Muse, Fatboy Slim and more, it's no surprise that the latest addition to the European festival circuit has well and truly sold out. A mixture of heavy hitting international touring artists, as well as a strong line up of DJs and producers has set the tone for an impressive debut in the territory for Lollapalooza and we're going to be on site for all the action!
Originally from the Blue Mountains, the boys from Hermitude headed off to perform at Lollapalooza recently. Along the way, Luke Dubber took some happy snaps for us. Click through to check out the whirlwind experience...
The duo performing at Lollapalooza. Photo by Daniel Boczarski for the AU review.
While on tour for Lollapalooza, Angus and Julia Stone recorded their adventures for us with an exclusive tour diary. We follow the musical duo as they travel around Chicago and play at the iconic festival. During their visit, they explored the many film locations of The Blues Brothers and talked about how influential the film was. When they were younger, their father’s band often played Blues Brothers covers shows. After exploring, they played at Lollapalooza, where they experienced the good vibes of the crowd for themselves, until the weather changed and the crowd was evacuated to underground weather shelters. Click through for the full tour diary.
In his first ever Australian interview, Atarah chats to the AU before his Lollapalooza debut to discuss the New York music scene, and who influences him as an artist... “It’s not what it used to be,” Atarah admits, talking of his experiences as an artist in New York. “At one point, New York had such a strong music culture, I think we’ve kind of lost our way a little bit but hopefully that’s going to turn around.” Things are turning around indeed for the emerging rock artist, having just recently announced a residency at Pianos nightclub in New York. “Rock music is dying big time in New York… [it] used to be New York’s strong suit.” Through this residency, Atarah hopes to connect with other artists within his community.
For Angus and Julia Stone, this has been a big touring year, with the band starting 2015 performing at Laneway Festival in Singapore. When we sat down with them at Lollapalooza, they discussed their future plans and defining moments. “We play a folk festival in Edmonton in Canada, and then we head to British Columbia for a show called Squamish… then we go to Outside Lands in San Francisco,” Julia says. The duo is also scheduled to tour with Fleetwood Mac later in the year. “A few small shows… it’s very exciting,” Julia adds. “What a year.”
Larry caught up with Californian rock group The New Pacific backstage at Lollapalooza, this being the first time the four-piece has performed at the illustrious festival, after being dedicated attendants year after year. To hear about their current record plans and their journey so far, click through to read more...
When we catch up with Twin Peaks, they have just come off the Lollapalooza stage, and were feeling confident about their performance. “It felt really good,” vocalist Cadien James says. “We’ve been conditioned a bit… we’ve gotten to play festivals all over.” This list includes performances at Chicago’s Riotfest and Pitchfork Festival last year. “It’s pretty surreal because we’ve grown up knowing… how important it is to play [Lollapalooza]. I feel like I’m in a dream,” says bassist Jack Dolan. Despite their success, they still feel out of place at the Festival. Jack says, “We’re always going to be the outcasts a bit. Cadien agrees, saying, “I don’t want to be like a lot of these artists that play Lollapalooza… I think we’re one of the better acts. Not to toot our own horn.”
Two hours before they were set to hit the stage at Lollapalooza, we sat down with El Gusto and Luke Dubs of Hermitude to discuss their current tour, releasing their number one album, Dark Night Sweet Light, and their plans for the future. The pair are confident about their upcoming performance. “[We’re] feeling pretty good,” says El Gusto. “Pretty psyched,” adds Luke Dubs. “We’re slightly jet-lagged but we’re [going to] pull out the usual miracles that we do before we go on stage.” They’ve just come from performing at Osheaga Festival in Montreal, and say that despite many delays along the way, they’ve had a successful tour so far. “It was awesome… we had an amazing crowd. Just really great vibes, people jumping around, having a good time.” After several delayed flights, and a ten hour drive from Detroit to Montreal, the pair are relieved that they made it to the show. “It was brutal,” Luke says.
Chicago is transformed by Lollapalooza every year, giving the some 100,000 attendees, alongside those who didn't get a ticket, the chance to experience the bands and the flavour of the incredible music that the event offers. Last weekend we headed to Chicago to check out the festival and also see what else the city had to offer...