Before we get into our official predictions, let us know who you want to see at Lollapalooza 2018. You can select up to four headliners you want to see.
This is our running list of everything we know about the 2018 Lollapalooza lineup. As more tour dates or announcements come out we will keep this list updated with all the latest for Lolla next year.
Update: We were dead wrong on this as Foo Fighters now have a show scheduled in Chicago on July 29th, 2017.
It's never too early to start speculating who will be on the Lollapalooza 2018 lineup. We here at Event Track love Lollapalooza speculation as much as the next person, so let's go over who we could see at Lollapalooza 2018. We will update this throughout the year as our predictions change due to news/tour dates being announced. It should be noted we have no insider information, we're just big Lollapalooza fans like you who like to kick around who might be on the poster. I will start with my Lollapalooza headliner thoughts, and then go down the poster a bit with some other thoughts.
Foo Fighters make a lot of sense at Lollapalooza 2018. First, they have a new album out this year. Second, they just played a suspicious set during Lollapalooza 2017 at The Metro; them playing such a small, local venue this year makes me think they either really like Lollapalooza or have something in the works for the following year with the festival. Third they haven't been at Lollapalooza officially since 2011, which is a good run of not headlining for a band of their prominence. Lollapalooza typically has at least two or three rock headliners, and with last years lack of a clear #1 the Foo Fighters would fit nicely in that spot for Lolla 2018.
A lot of people (myself included) thought the Gorillaz would be there in 2017, especially given how many festival they ended up headlining this year. There was a lot of disappointment when they didn't show up on the poster in March. I have a hard time believing Lollapalooza isn't going to get them while they are on their near once a decade touring spree.
Kanye always has to be in the mix for Lollapalooza right? I know I and everyone around me was waiting for Chance to bring him out at Lollapalooza 2017 but sadly it didn't happen. At last report Kanye was locked in a cabin making new music, so maybe he will come out of hiding for Lollapalooza 2018. I just think he is always in the discussion when it comes to Lollapalooza headliners.
Jay-Z has recently signed a long term (10-year) contract with Live Nation (who produces Lollapalooza) worth up to $200 million. It seems they may want to cash in on that deal by taking advantage of Jay-Z headlining some festivals, such as Lollapalooza. They already had Jay-Z headlining Austin City Limits in 2017, and often the festivals share a lot of acts. I could see Jay-Z heading to Lolla in 2018 as part of his deal. At least as of now he is only headlining ACL and no other festivals; I can't imagine that was the point of such a megadeal - he will headline a lot more festivals in 2018. He has a Chicago show in December, which would be far enough in advance to still play Lollapalooza in August.
It seems out of no where the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing shows again. Not every headliner at Lollapalooza is going to be a mega band, and they could slide in nicely as one of the 'cheaper' headliners. Typically Lollapalooza has three rock headliners, and they seem like they could fit the bill well for a Thursday headlining spot. If they have new material coming, which is why I assume they are playing festivals in late 2017, then they could very well be on the festival circuit in 2018 and fit in nicely at Lollapalooza.
Fairly similar thought process to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - allegedly new music is coming and they have been known to play a festival or two in their day. They are probably at the point where they would headline one night of Lollapalooza with the new four night format. I don't see Lolla getting both Arctic Monkeys and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but I could definitely see one of them headlining.
......Sorry not happening
So those are the people I could see being at Lollapalooza 2018. Of course it's more fun if we have official predictions. Yes I know this can vary but I'm going to use it as a template. Official predictions: Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, and Arctic Monkeys.
Obviously it's not just about the headliners at Lollapalooza. Let's discuss who else we think could be there in 2018 of note.
As I mentioned, we will update this as more information becomes available about Lollapalooza's 2018 lineup. For now we will enjoy speculating and wishing!