Paul McCartney, Metallica among headliners as Lollapalooza announces 2015 lineup

By: Mar 25, 2015
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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.

  • Friday, July 31
    Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The War on Drugs, Father
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    Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Cold War Kids, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, BROODS, MisterWives, What So Not, SZA, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, DESTRUCTO, BORNS, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thornton & the Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips.

  • Saturday, August 1
    Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Eazy, Walk The Moon, Tyler, The Creator, The Tallest Man On Earth
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    Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Eazy, Walk The Moon, Tyler, The Creator, The Tallest Man On Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death Fron Above 1979, Toro Y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, CAKED UP, Hermitude, Wet, HOLYCHILD, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mt. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, SNBRN, Elle King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, COIN, Danny Weinkauf, School of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips, The Helmets.

  • Sunday, August 2
    Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, NERO, Kygo, twenty one pilots, Nicky Romero, Marina an
    Buda Mendes/Getty Images

    Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, NERO, Kygo, twenty one pilots, Nicky Romero, Marina and The Diamonds, FKA twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, ODESZA, LOGIC, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand of Oaks, MOON TAXI, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMA’s, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, The Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black ZTiger Sex Machine, VERITE, jackLNDN, ZEBRA KATZ, The Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In The Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School of Rock AllStars

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