BY DAN GARCIA
Earlier this week, I received my credentials to do photography for the great people at Pigeons & Planes at Lollapalooza this year. In anticipation of the great opportunity I have compiled a list of the acts we at The Early Registration, are most excited to see.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Noteable Acts: Iggy Azalea, Bebe Rexha, Lorde, Vic Mensa, Eminem, Arctic Monkeys
Lollapalooza kicks off Friday with a number of different categories of acts. You have you chart toppers like Iggy Azalea and Lorde, one of the biggest names in indie rock (Arctic Monkeys), a rap legend in Eminem, a Chicago native and rap up-and-comer (Vic Mensa), and much more.
Of course, I cannot wait to see two of the biggest female names in music, Lorde and Iggy Azalea. Both Azalea’s ‘Fancy’and Lorde’s ‘Royals’ have dominated the airwaves in the past year. Also if you remember, these two recently had a minor feud, that both since have waved off, after Azalea criticized Lorde’s performance at the Nirvana Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in April. Who knows, maybe we will see one join the other on stage at one point during the festival.
One act I am also excited to see is Bebe Rexha, who you can bet will be catching Eminem’s set later in the night, as Rexha helped write Eminem’s smash hit ‘The Monster’. Rexha, an Albanian-American singer-songwriter, is one of Lollapalooza’s many rising stars. In addition to writing one of Eminem’s biggest singles in recent years, Rexha also was the former lead vocalist Pete Wentz’s band Black Cards. I was luckily enough to get in touch with Rexha’s management and will be shooting photos of Rexha’s set at this year’s Lollapalooza.
Lollapalooza wouldn’t be what it is, without its great names in indie rock. And headlining the festival on its opening day is none other than Arctic Monkey’s. Recently performing at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and somehow getting an exception to Lollapalooza’s contract provisions disallowing their acts to perform 60 days before or after within 300 miles of Lollapalooza, the Arctic Monkey are sure to rock Chicago.
Lollapalooza is also rap heavy on Friday, with sets from XXL Freshman and up-and-comer Vic Mensa and ‘Rap God’ Eminem. Both artists also have had very different histories with Lollapalooza. Eminem rocked the stage at Lollapalooza in 2011, while Vic Mesa has a past with Lollapalooza as well. A year before Eminem’s 2011 performance, Vic Mensa, as a fan of the festival, was sent to the hospital after falling off a bridge and electrocuting himself in the Grant Park Lollapalooza fairgrounds while trying to sneak into the festival. Years later, he is closing out a stage for his hometown festival.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Noteable Acts: Vance Joy, Meg Myers, Nas, Martin Garrix, Foster The People, Outkast, Calvin Harris
Saturday is no slacker for musical talent at Lollapalooza either, with performances by Dutch DJ/Producer Martin Garrix, indie rock’s Foster The People, rap legend Nas, ‘Summer’ artist Calvin Harris, many up-and-coming acts, and 2014 festival all-stars Outkast.
Two acts I am lucky enough to also work with and shoot for are Vance Joy and Meg Myers. Meg Myers is an American vocalist and song-writer who has been called “everything we want in a singer” by Entertainment Weekly. Vance Joy is an Australian singer-songwriter who, last year signed a 5-year deal with Atlantic Records. Both acts should have a bright future ahead and will surely make a bigger name for themselves in Chicago this summer.
Lollpalaooza also has a number of big indie pop and electronic acts with Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris and Foster The People, to name a few. With songs such as Harris’ ‘Summer’, ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ and ‘Animals’, Chi-town is sure to get hype.
Perhaps the acts I am most excited to see are easily two acts at the top of the discussion when people talk about the best rappers alive and of all time. These of course are Nas and Outkast, both of whom are touring festivals to pay homage to their music of the past. Nas is promoting the anniversary of the classic rap album, Illmatic. While Outkast is currently in the middle of a 40-stop reunion tour, in honor of 20 years of making music. Having a chance to see both of these acts previous this summer, I couldn’t be more excited to see how they step things up for the Chicago crowd.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
Noteable Acts: Space Capone, Jhene Aiko, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, Kings of Leon
The first act earlier in the day Sunday that I am excited to see is Space Capone. A funk, soul, and R&B group from Tennessee, Space Capone gives a new young sound to the genre of funk, and is another act that I am lucky enough to do photography on behalf of this year. Space Capone however is not the only up-and-coming act I am excited to see, as I could not aniticipate Jhene Aiko’s set any more. The beautiful Aiko, has seen a recent bump in fame with her single “I Don’t Need You” and has worked with such rappers as Drake, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar.
Where it lacks in rap legends, Lollapalooza’s Sunday lineup gains in two of the bigger and relatively new acts in rap today in Childish Gambino and Chicago’s Chance the Rapper. These former tour-mates have had a long history together and are even working on a potential collaborative EP for the near future. Chance has been hitting up almost every major festival this year, spreading his name further ever since the great success of his latest mixtape “Acip Rap”. Gambino has not been slacking on the road either, as his Because The Internet tour has blown many away. From great visuals, to a mobile web-application that allows concert goers to interact with the images displayed on stage, Gambino is trying his best to make his mark on music today and never settled for the ordinary. Perhaps he will even give us some insight as to whether he will be returning for TV’s Community’s six season, that has been recently picked up by Yahoo’s Netflix competitor.
Every day I change my mind as to which day will be the best at 2014’s Lollapalooza, that is certainly a good problem to have.