Lollapalooza 2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Keys, Jack White, Black Sabbath - Reverb

Lollapalooza 2012 lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Keys, Jack White, Black Sabbath

Red, Black, White, Black.

The 2012 Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago’s Grant Park is ripe in both color and genre.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, Jack White and Black Sabbath lead the lineup for the Aug. 3-5 event, one of the country’s largest three-day festivals every year.

An early examination of the bill proves it to be one of the strongest in recent memory, and at least equal to or stronger than its two closest competitors: the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which begins its two-weekend stint in Indio, Calif. this Friday.

Colorado artists Paper Diamond and Big Giantic are part of the large electronic contingent shaping “Perry’s stage,” curated by festival organizer Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction.

The remaining acts on the bill, as first reported by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot, are as follows:

Florence + the Machine, Passion Pit, the Shins, Sigur Ros, Fun., M83, Franz Ferdinand, Metric, Dawes, the Temper Trap, Die Antwoord, Mona, the Growlers, the Gaslight Anthem, Hey Rosetta!, JEFF the Brotherhood, Band of Skulls, Anamanaguchi, SBTRKT, First Aid Kit, Tame Impala, Wax, the Walkmen, FIDLAR, JJ Grey & Mofro, LP, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Milo Greene, Neon Indian, Dum Dum Girls, Kopecky Family Band, Washed Out, the Jezabels, Aloe Blacc, Trampled by Turtles, Yuna, Bear in Heaven, Walk Off the Earth, Blind Pilot, Animal Kingdom, Chairlift, Dev, J. Cole, the Black Angels, the Sheepdogs, Yellow Ostrich, the Dunwells, GIVERS, DJ Mel, Polica, Empires, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kevin Devine, Wale, Dry the River, White Rabbits, Helena, Haley Reinhart, Imaginary Cities, the Head & the Heart, the Devil Makes Three, Overdoz, the Big Pink, Oberhofer, Ambassadors, Twin Shadow, the War on Drugs, DJ Zebo, the Tallest Man on Earth, Chancellor Warhol, Toro Y Moi, O Rappa, Laura Warshauer, Dr. Dog, Bowerbirds, Red Oblivion, Of Monsters and Men, Orchard Lounge.

Perry’s stage: Bassnectar, Santigold, Skream & Benga, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Kaskade, Little Dragon, Star Slinger, Calvin Harris, Porter Robinson, Nadastrom, NERO, Sub Focus, DJ Nihal, Madeon, the White Panda, Knife Party, Zedd, SALVA, Zeds Dead, Paper Diamond, Kid Color, Big Gigantic.

Three-day passes, $230, are currently available through lollapalooza.com.

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John Hendrickson is the managing editor of Reverb and a multimedia journalist for The Denver Post. Follow his rants on music and more on Twitter.

  • ASSMAN

    how is one festival better than another?  isn’t it all just personal taste?  i am not trying to be a little shit here, but just wondering how one (or two) weekends of musical acts can be “at least equal to or stronger than” another weekend of music.  isn’t all personal preference?  personally, i’d prefer coachella over all of these because i think it’d be better on my allergies.