Lollapalooza Has Been Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Lollapalooza 2019
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Chicago’s largest music festival, Lollapalooza has been officially cancelled amid the Coronavirus pandemic with a livestream announced.


Since it first reared its head back in early March, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc on the entertainment industry and festival season as a whole. Major festivals like Ultra Miami and Lightning in a Bottle were outright cancelled with others being postponed, and now the pandemic has continued to reach into the summer months with the latest festival cancellation, Lollapalooza.

Originally set to take place on July 30 – August 2, Lollapalooza is a highlight for many Chicagoans each summer as the city basks in the warmer months filled with sun and good weather. The status of this year’s edition of the festival was already rocky with no lineup being announced, but now the official news has surfaced that it will not take place via a statement released by their team yesterday.

“We wish we could bring Lollapalooza to Grant Park again 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.”

While this year’s edition of Lollapalooza might not be taking place in its typical form, their team has assured fans who would be flocking to Grant Park that they have some special surprises in store for that weekend. They will be hosting their own weekend-long livestream event during the same dates, with performances taking place around the city, archival sets from past editions of the festival and its international editions, and never-before-seen footage from the ’90s.

A full schedule is still to come so keep your eyes peeled for that announcement over the next few weeks. Dates for the 30th Anniversary of Lollapalooza in 2021 have also not been announced yet, but we expect the festival to return with another spectacular edition. Check out our review of last year’s edition for a taste of what might be in store!

Read the statement from Lollapalooza on Twitter:

Stay tuned for more information about other cancellations and postponements from around the world as we continue to follow the impact coronavirus has on the festival season this year.


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