As if 11 hours of non-stop music wasn’t enough, Lollapalooza is welcoming back its official aftershows, which continue the fun after the sun goes down. Lollapalooza founder, Perry Farrell, doesn’t seem to think fans are getting enough of a music fill during the day, and has continued to push for aftershows so performances can stretch long into the night.
Pre-and post-Lollapalooza aftershows and parties will once again be littered throughout the city, ranging from small bars like Schubas Tavern to intimate gathering at Chicago staples like The Vic Theatre, Double Door, Aragon Ballroom, House of Blues, Subterranean, Metro, Lincoln Hall, and more.
While many bands playing aftershows may seem small now, there’s no telling what may happen in the years to come. It may be hard to imagine 2012 Lollapalooza headliners, The Black Keys, playing for a small crowd, but not too long ago, they delighted audiences at the Metro in 2008, and House of Blues in 2010 for official Lollapalooza aftershows. In 2009, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, Dan Auerbach, had made an additional appearance at Schubas Tavern, which maxes out at a capacity of 165 people.
Another artist that was playing Lollapalooza aftershows before snagging multiple GRAMMYs was electronic artist, Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore), who took over the Congress Theatre in 2011. More recently, the rising rockers comprising Of Monsters and Men were an essential unknown to mainstream audiences when they performed at the Double Door in 2012 (video below), but have since enjoyed substantial success playing for the masses.
If you can’t wait until the weekend for up-and-coming Lollapalooza artists to start infiltrating your eardrums, alternative favorites Imagine Dragons will be getting the party started early at the Metro on Wednesday, July 31, before their early-evening set on Friday, Aug. 2, while Queens of the Stone Age also will rock the Metro on Thursday, Aug. 1. If you’re trying to decide between Matt & Kim or Local Natives, both set to play in the afternoon on Saturday, Aug. 3, thanks to aftershows, you’ll be able to see both. Local Natives will perform late Friday at the House of Blues, with Matt & Kim taking the stage at The Vic the following night.
The Lumineers and Kendrick Lamar also have sets that overlap, though again, aftershows will help ensure you’re able to take in both acts. The Lumineers will play on Friday at The Vic, while Kendrick Lamar will follow his Lollapalooza performance on Saturday with a show at the Aragon Ballroom.
Lollapalooza tickets are on sale now for the three-day festival, as well as aftershows, so check out the marketplace for a great selection of passes. If you can’t wait until August, get a sneak peek at some of the top artists set to take the stage this year with the Spotify playlist below.