Global multi-genre music festival Lollapalooza will finally make its way to India in January 2023 — joining the likes of Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France, and Sweden.
The festival kicked off in Chicago back in 1991, and continues to hold its big-name acts at the original venue before travelling across the world. India happens to be the eighth host country to join the festival and is the only Asian one to do so.
Global producers Perry Farrell, WME, and C3 Presents joined forces with BookMyShow to launch the festival in India. Here’s what the Indian ticketing giant had to share:
“Iconic music festival Lollapalooza sets to breach a new frontier in what will be the eighth destination of the festival in Mumbai, India, bringing with it – its brand of unique, diverse, and exciting flavours from the world of music. Lollapalooza India will be a two-day musical extravaganza held in the heart of Mumbai on January 28-29, 2023.”
A YouTube channel for Lollapalooza was also launched, featuring a promotional video for the Mumbai venue:
Lollapalooza will be open to over 60,000 fans according to BookMyShow, and feature four stages with ‘over 20 hours of unforgettable live music’ from global and local artists, along with exhibits for food, art, fashion, and more.
Sources have also told us that the festival will feature artists similar to the lineups we’ve seen so far for Brazil’s Lollapalooza editions — which kicked off a decade ago in 2012. With that in mind, here’s who we’re hoping to see come January 2023!
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Famous for headlining the festival in multiple countries and appearing nearly 10 times since the 1990s, this is one epic band that we’re really hoping to see in India, soon. They’ve even got an album on the way — so this one would absolutely take the cake.
The producer-rapper-singer has also graced stages at multiple ‘Paloozas, bringing the house down during iconic shows at Stockholm, Chile, and Brasil.
Another awesome talent who toured South America’s Lollapaloozas back in 2018, DeMarco would easily be one of the best singer-songwriters to make it into Indian stages — if he comes by. Fingers crossed.
Another classic Lollapalooza outfit, Pearl Jam — much like RHCP — has rocked out at the festival since the nineties, and has, in fact, just performed at this year’s Paris edition on July 17.
Another feature from the 2018 Brazil festival — which seems like a real riot now that I think about it — this understated, English electropop group would be a welcome sight in Mumbai next year.
This one would be absolutely huge. With a massive base of Indian fans, plenty of past-Palooza performances in the bag, and barely any ground covered in Asia, it’s high time the ‘Monkeys make their way to Mumbai in January.
Honestly, the list could go on and on — so let’s stop for a moment and listen to what the promoters have to say:
“The music of India is transcendental, it draws our spirits East,” said Perry Farrell, Founder, Lollapalooza, ahead of the festival’s first India edition. “Lollapalooza is an instrument for unity, peace, and education utilizing the universal languages of music and art to find common ground. You may be excited, and we are equally as excited!”
“Lollapalooza has always been about exploring boundaries, musically and geographically. We are excited to introduce Indian and Asian fans to an entirely new festival experience that has been a significant rite of passage for millions of music fans around the world for more than three decades,” said Charlie Walker, Partner, C3 Presents.
Ashish Hemrajani, Founder & CEO, BookMyShow said, “Lollapalooza is not just a multi-genre music festival, but an alternative music experience, having driven an entire generation of alternative rock music and grunge movement into mainstream sound. Some of the biggest names like ‘Pearl Jam’, ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’, ‘Nine Inch Nails’, ‘Rage Against The Machine’ that were brought to the world stage through their early performances at Lollapalooza, went on to make history. BookMyShow is proud to bring Lollapalooza to India – making it the 8th country and the 4th continent to do so. With a mix of some stellar Indian talent and global artists coming together on the same stage, we expect nothing short of magic.”
Nothing short of magic — hopefully, that’s not what it’ll take to get our hands on some tickets. Early Bird passes will soon be available to pre-registered festival-goers, so get on Lollapalooza India’s website right away, and register to help book your slot.
(Featured Image Credits: @Chilipeppers/Twitter)