Lollapalooza Founder Perry Farrell is Looking For Ways to Evolve the Festival


Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell is already thinking about Lollapalooza 2021.

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What will Lollapalooza look like in 2021? Even if traditional festivals aren’t back yet, founder Perry Farrell is thinking of creative ways to keep the festival running

Lollapalooza 2020 looked a lot different this year, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and went completely virtual, offing a bevy of online-only performances in early August. While the festival hopes to go back in an in-person event in Chicago in 2021, it’s up in the air how traditional, live concerts and tours will be impacted and when large gatherings will once again be allowed.

Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell tells SPIN that he’s looking into different ways to hold the festival next year.

“[The pandemic is] not gonna stop me from thinking and conceiving of new ways to do it,” Farrell told the publication. “Like what we did with the virtual Lollapalooza. So I’m going to take that and evolve that concept.

“Let’s say this time next year everyone’s good to go out, but some are reluctant,” Farrell added. “So we can scale it. Instead of Lollapalooza for 120,000, we do it in selected areas or gardens with social distancing. We can do it all around the city. Hey, man, that could be a pretty cool party too!”

Lollapalooza 2020 was held as a multi-day festival featuring virtual sets from past years of the festival, as well as a handful of new performances, including a reunion of Farrell’s band Porno for Pyros.

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