Lollapalooza, an annual four-day music festival taking place in Chicago, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The city’s mayor, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, announced the decision yesterday (June 9) at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). The festival will instead host “a weekend-long livestream event” from July 30 to August 2 in “honour its annual summer tradition”, according to the announcement. The livestream will also live music as well as never-before-seen archival footage.
Lollapalooza organizers also released a statement on their website and social media pages, writing: “We wish we could bring Lollapalooza again to Grant Park this year, but we understand why things can’t move forward as planned. The health and safety of our fans, artists, partners, staff, and community is always our highest priority.”
They added: “Rest assured, we will be working hard behind the scenes to deliver Chicago a spectacular celebration of Lollapalooza’s 30th anniversary in the summer of 2021, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.”
Lollapalooza South America has been postponed from March to late November/early December, with The Strokes, Guns N’ Roses and Travis Scott set to headline.
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