On Tuesday, rabid concertgoers snatched up all of the three-day passes for the 2015 edition of Chicago’s longstanding festival known as Lollapalooza. On Wednesday, they found out exactly who they were paying to see.
Early Wednesday morning, Lollapalooza revealed its full lineup. Consisting of a total of 130 bands, this year’s headliners include Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith and Bassnectar.
For the 72-year-old McCartney, this marks just another stop on his ever-expanding touring schedule. In the last 18 months, the former guitarist and singer for The Beatles has performed in 11 different countries for over 2 million people. He will also headline Delaware’s Firefly Festival, a return to his native Liverpool, England and his first-ever show in Seoul, South Korea this summer. This will be his first appearance at Lollapalooza. He did sell out two dates at Wrigley Field in 2011.
The thrash metal legends in Metallica are no strangers to the Lollapalooza stage. It has been awhile though. They headlined Lollapalooza when it was a touring festival back in 1996. Their stop in Chicago is only their third U.S. date scheduled thus far this year.
Founded in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza began as a traveling festival. In 2005, it reemerged in Chicago’s Grant Park as an annual three-day event. It has also expanded internationally, with 2015 dates in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Germany.
The festival will take place between July 31 and Aug. 2. Single-day passes went on sale Wednesday, and can be found here. Continue reading to see the entire lineup, broken down by day.