At the ripe age of 26, Lollapalooza has joined many festivals around the country as a household name, providing several different genres of music to sink one’s teeth into. In an interview last year with the Chicago Tribune, the festival’s founder Perry Farrell remarked on his pleasant surprise of the festival’s success and what he plans to do with the weekender now. One project he was working on back then was making a bigger scene for house music and “keep[ing] EDM at the door.” He remarked on his feelings about the commercial genre:

“When they said they wanted to name a stage after me (when the festival relaunched in 2005), I was honored,” he said. “I like the adulation. But now you say, ‘Perry, what’s going on with your area here?’ Believe me, I’ve got questions myself. I hate EDM. I want to vomit it out of my nostrils. I can’t stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic — it took you on a journey. … I sometimes cringe at my own festival.” However, he goes on to explain that he understands EDM’s role at the festival as a form of pop music that his audience wants to see.

A year later and while we haven’t heard any news on the subject, now would be a great time for an announcement on what’s next.


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