On May 31 Lollapalooza announced its roster of 2016 aftershows starring some of the hottest up-and-coming artists in today’s music, plus a handful of veterans. Celebrating the festival’s 25th edition, this round of aftershows promises one of the best lineups the fest has hosted in years.
Check out our top picks for the weekend’s after-hours concerts below, or jump to the bottom of the page for a complete schedule of Lollapalooza 2016 aftershows.
The 1975 with Dua Lipa | July 29 at House of Blues
British rock outfit The 1975 came out with its long-awaited sophomore album earlier this year, and the Matthew Healy-fronted group will bring its latest hits to the House of Blues stage for a special Lolla aftershow this year.
Bastille | July 27 at The Vic Theatre
Bastille is also poised to release its sophomore studio album this year after a three-year break, so this solo headlining show at the Vic will be an exciting chance for fans to hear the new material in a smaller setting than the Lollapalooza stage.
Halsey with Oh Wonder | July 30 at Aragon Ballroom
Halsey has one of the most outstanding voices in today’s pop music, and she’s giving Lolla festivalgoers a chance to see her perform up-close-and-personal on Saturday night at Aragon Ballroom. Joined by England alt-pop group Oh Wonder, this show is a must for fans of atmospheric, R&B-influenced pop.
Jane’s Addiction with Nothing | July 27-28 at Metro Chicago
Perry Farrell is one of the original founders of Lollapalooza, so it’s only fitting his band Jane’s Addiction should play an aftershow for the fest’s 25th anniversary. In fact the classic ‘90s rock outfit is booked for two aftershows at Metro Chicago, an intimate venue they haven’t headlined in five years.
The Joy Formidable with Pinegrove | July 29 at Subterranean
The combination of Welsh alt-rock group The Joy Formidable and New Jersey’s Pinegrove is one of the strongest concert bills of all the 2016 aftershows. Both groups released celebrated albums this year, and they promise an excellent, well-rounded show at the intimate Subterranean venue.
M83 with Sofi Tukker | July 28 at The Vic Theatre
For the first time since 2012, M83 will be back in the Midwest to appear at Lollapalooza 2016, and the French group has a special aftershow lined up for fans. Supporting the new album “Junk,” this show will be a hot event for fans itching to hear the band play its first new music in five years.
Major Lazer Soundsystem with Towkio and Slumberjack | July 28 at Aragon Ballroom
Major Lazer had a huge hit last year with “Lean On,” but the reggae-inspired electronic group has plenty of hits up its sleeve for a killer Lollapalooza aftershow. The Diplo-fronted outfit will be joined by Towkio and Slumberjack for this show at Aragon Ballroom, and it’s bound to be one of the most fun of the weekend.
Mac Miller with Jazz Cartier and DJ Clockwork | July 29 at Concord Music Hall
Pittsburgh’s own Mac Miller released his third studio album, “GO:OD AM,” last year, but he’s already working on a follow-up to that major label debut. It’s likely fans who show up to Miller’s aftershow will have a chance to hear working versions of those new songs live at Concord Music Hall.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats with Con Brio | July 29 at Thalia Hall
The soulful folk sounds of Nathaniel Rateliff will be a welcome addition at Thalia Hall on Friday of Lollapalooza weekend. This Denver-based musician has been at the top of critics’ lists for years, and the Night Sweats’ energetic live shows make them a huge live draw.
Tory Lanez with Kami and Stefan Ponce | July 29 at Reggie’s
Toronto native Tory Lanez is well on his way to becoming one of the most loved new rappers of the year, and fans going to Lolla 2016 can catch him live on the super-intimate Reggie’s stage on July 29. Hip-hop fans won’t want to miss the chance to see this explosive artist live before he releases his debut later in 2016.