I don't know what it is about 2010, but festival lineups just seem better this year. After the absurdly awesome Coachella lineup and the fastest sell out in Sasquatch history, pundits thought Lollapalooza would have to really throw down the gauntlet to compete.
And they did.
Here's are some of my favorite samples from the lineup:
Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Phoenix, MGMT, Hot Chip, The National, Spoon, Cut Copy, Gogol Bordello, Yeasayer, Dirty Projectors, The xx, Jamie Lidell, Frightened Rabbit, Fuck Buttons, Blitzen Trapper, Stars, The Walkmen, Wild Beasts, Rogue Wave, The Antlers, Freelance Whales
That is cutting A LOT out, including the three real headliners: Soundguard, Green Day, and Lady GaGa. That bands as amazing as Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and the surprising third to their trio of Phoenix make it on the second tier tells you how awesome it's going to be. I'd go if only because of Arcade Fire and The Strokes, two bands that are near the peak of my "must see" list and two that are not making any other major festival appearances so far.
Lollapalooza is August 6th through the 8th this year in Grant Park in Chicago. Go to it and earn my envy for at least 3 days.