Mumbai will host Lollapalooza India for the first time in January 2023. This is great news for melophiles in India.
Lollapalooza was created in 1991 by Perry Farrell, the frontman of the alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction, as a farewell tour. With Lollapalooza, Perry had a plan to defy what the mainstream looked like and also to celebrate counter-culture. In the nineties, when pop music dominated and boy bands reigned supreme, this change was more than welcome. In 1998, when the leading act could not attend, the festival threatened to go out of business. During season 2003-2004, the tour again tanked, so Farrell reworked it as a destination festival in Chicago, one of his favorite US cities. The annual four-day festival in Grant Park has become an icon ever since.
nearly 31 years later, the festival continues to be one of the most awaited events in the calendars of music lovers. And it’s managed to pull some of the biggest names in the industry. Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney are but a few heavy-hitters who have lent their star power to Lollapalooza. So far it’s held in seven different locations worldwide apart from Chicago. The global event will start to make its way into Asia next year.
Most details are still under wraps, including the names of the musicians performing, but we do know that the India leg of the event will be held on January 28 and 29, 2023, right in the heart of Mumbai. Chicago is famous for hosting its famous music festival, Lollapalooza, with musical performances by internationally-famous bands and soloists.
This year’s festival has drawn lots of interest with names like Metallica, Dua Lipa, Machine Gun Kelly, Glass Animals, Green Day, and Måneskin included in the list of performing artists. I expect that same level of interest will carry over to the new Indian version of Lollapalooza. Lolla will accommodate over 60,000 people daily and feature four stages with live music over 20 hours per day by famous and local acts. ‘The music of India is transcendent, it beckons our spirits East,’ said Farrell before the festival’s first India edition. Lollapalooza unites and promotes peace. You’re excited and we’re excited, too. We will update this article with additional details as they come in.