Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup Predictions

IMG_0049Even though we haven’t even broken into winter, there is already a typhoon of speculation about who will be making their rounds at music festivals in Summer 2013. Bonnaroo presale tickets came and went in three minutes, and we’ve already seen message boards and websites be riddled with alleged lineups. With Nutshell being based out of and somewhat centered around the Chicago area, I thought it would be a perfect outlet for my 3rd annual Lollapalooza lineup predictions. This will, for the first time, be live updating. Bands will be crossed out and added as time goes on, up until the midnight lineup release some time in April. That is, if the Chicago Tribune would stop leaking it at 10:30. Think of this as an open discussion. Your thoughts are all appreciated, but they will only be read, reviewed, and utilized for this list if they are posted in the comments section below. That being said, we want your input. If you think I’m wrong, tell me why.

Here’s my current lineup predictions for Lollapalooza 2013, set for August 2-4:

  • Animal Collective – The dukes of modern indie rock haven’t graced the Lollapalooza stages since 2009, and they already found themselves in a premiere Saturday night slot. With Centipede Hz now under their belts and no extensive touring schedule, you can expect them to be hitting one of Chicago’s many festivals. After 2009’s powerhouse performance, it would be foolish for both the band and the festival if they did not end up in a headliner’s position this Summer.
  • Wu-Tang Clan – Now before you argue, look at the facts. According to an interview with AV Club, Clan producer RZA said that he had been contacted by Bonnaroo and Coachella, and that there’s a chance Lollapalooza has also been in contact with him about a Wu-Tang festival run. With one album having its 20th anniversary and another new one in the works, why not play a few festivals?
  • Alabama Shakes & The Temper Trap – Among many of the acts that had to be cancelled or shuffled around during last year’s mud pit, these two groups got the short end of the stick. They both had solid late afternoon slots and the potential to draw large crowds, so it would not come as a major surprise to see their names back on the bill.
  • The Avett Brothers – Backed by this year’s release of The Carpenter, the American folk group has never played on Lollapalooza’s stage. They hit their Chicago dates early on the supporting tour for the album, and a group like this would surely thrive in an outdoor festival.
  • MGMT – The group hasn’t hit the festival since 2010, and with an R.E.M.-inspired new album in the works it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them return for a third time. With three albums and their debut EP all in the catalog, the psychedelic collective would be a comfortable fit in a 5 or 6 headliner spot.
  • Phoenix – The French indie pop group hasn’t had much to say since the conclusion of their last tour, and with only one Lollapalooza appearance (2010) to date, the mysterious new album that is apparently being hammered out, a last second American Summer tour announcement with a few festivals wouldn’t be the biggest of surprises.
  • Vampire Weekend – Even though the band made a stop at last year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, they have been on a somewhat hiatus when finishing out their new album. They already have an impressive new single that’s presumably from the record, and it isn’t uncommon to see the two Chicago festivals swap bands for consecutive festival seasons. Since 2009, bands that have hit stages at both festivals include Animal Collective, Neon Indian, Washed Out, and  tUnE-yArDs, so Vampire Weekend could very well be returning to Grant Park come August.

Again, your comments are welcome below. Tell us what you’re thinking; who do you think will be playing at Grant Park in August?

Posted on December 1, 2012, in Articles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Phoenix, animal collective and avett brothers i would pee, i think theres a possibility of mumford especially with babel i wouldent be suprised if they were headliners

  2. Blink 182 and Imagine Dragons are my near sure picks, here’s why:
    Blink 182 is touring Australia in February/March, but are scheduled to return late springtime, with no shows being scheduled at this point in August, or any time over the summer at that. In addition, they released a relatively successful album in fall 2011 (peaked #2 I think), with a 5 track EP coming out on December 18 this year as well. They haven’t played any big American shows since the Honda Civic Tour either, so I’m confident we’ll see them this summer. For the record, I thought we would last summer too.
    Imagine Dragons exploded this year. Last summer, they played their first huge show at Riot Fest, and have since been everywhere. I don’t believe they have any shows planned in August yet, so look for them.

  3. I think Lupe Fiasco is a very stron possibility, with part 2 of his Food and Liquor 2 coming out in the first quarter if the year he most likely will be touring for that as well as part one. Plus when was the last time he was at lolla was it 09 or 10? And he’s from the Chi!

  4. Deadmau5 is booked for Ultra and will most likely be adding on dates for a full world tour. If he’s in the US this summer, I could see him making a return appearance. Mumford & Sons, I think are a near certain headliner (for Bonnaroo as well). Muse, highly likely as well. I’m also predicting Jim James, Jurassic 5, Primus, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Zed’s Dead, Umphrey’s McGee, Hot Chip, Richie Hawtin, How to Destroy Angels, Modest Mouse and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It would be great to see Alice in Chains on that lineup as well!

  5. The Weeknd, Foster The People, Florence & The Machine, CSS, Ed Sherran & Santigold Are The Groups/People I’m Hoping For 🙂

  6. Stone Roses and New Order must be likely for the line up. Roses completed sell out Euro tour in 2012, New Order World tour in 2012 also. Both at Coachella in April.

  7. After months of research and logical reasoning, I have devised my top 10 acts that I expect to see at Lolla this year. Hopefully this will get people excited for Lolla and they can start making some predictions of their own.

    Headliners I presume will be at Lolla this year.

    The Killers- They had a huge year with their release of “Battle Born,” while critics didn’t love it, fans bought tickets to the shows and most of their tour sold out. They are on the bill for Lolla Brasil set in March, and they haven’t graced grant park since ’09. I’d be shocked if they weren’t at Lolla. Also, since Coachella didn’t nab them, this headlining spot would stand out.

    Phoenix- These French indie pop geniuses haven’t had music out since ’09 smash “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.” Flash goward and now they have a Coachella headlining spot. They have a new album set for the spring, and Perry is foaming at the mouth. One of the many acts from the 2010 lineup, you can expect to see Phoenix and maybe a Daft Punk reunion on stage come August.

    The Strokes- It’s smelling like 2010 Lolla all over again, is that a dilemma? Haha not for me. Their last album was “Angles” in 2011. Already in 2013, they have a new album ready to go in March, and a new sizzling single to boot. Expect for them to return to the Lolla alumni this summer.

    Depeche Mode- They have a new album coming out in March. They haven’t played Lolla since ’09, and I believe fans are itching to see their new live arrangements. Late slot without question.

    Kanye West- Call me crazy, but Lolla hasn’t had a legitimate rap act since Eninem in 2011. Gambino was stellar, but I’m talking heavy weight! He hasn’t played Lolla when “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” came out, no “The Throne” Lolla appearance, or a G.O.O.D Music collabo last summer, how cruel. He has a new solo CD set for the summer, and he would have almost 7 CD’s to play from live. A 7:45-10:00 slot sounds about right. I expect rap to come back stronger than ever this year at Lolla.

    Queens of the Stone Age- This one I’m going to consider a lock. I consider it a lock, because these type of bands were built on the foundation of Lolla’s strive for success. Not well known, and then some mind blowing festival performances and viola- Queens of the Stone Age are now a powerhouse act. Dave Grohl says he’s not playing drums…haha with the kind of year he’s having I’m sure he’d love to play with the band, and Perry may even beg him to play with the band haha. It’s going to happen, I honestly don’t see Lolla disregarding this band as a top act in August.

    Vampire Weekend- I was bummed that Pitchfork got this amazing indie quartet last summer. I don’t know why, now that they have a still yet to be titled album set for May. I got to catch this band in ’10 here in Rochester, NY with Beach House and Dum Dum Girls, their live act is something close to indie heaven. All can sing, and all can play instruments very well. Lolla would be crazy to pass up on Vampire Weekend, in hopes of another huge year.

    Wu-Tang Clan- RZA said in a AV club interview that “It was going to be a big year for Wu.” He has been contacted by most major festivals including Lolla. I don’t think they’ll be a headliner, but 6-7:15 slot sounds about right don’t ya think.

    Well those are my most logical predictions. Well just have to wait until the big reveal sometime in early April. I’ll be there rocking the tie-dye ready for a three day wave of jamming in Chicago. What do you guys think? Come on I know you’re thinking about who could be playing Lolla. One things for sure, it’ll be more American driven than Coachella…oh snap haha. Peace

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