Emerging Lollapalooza Artists Fit For Future Headlining Sets

After all, The xx performed a Saturday afternoon show 7 years before headlining Lollapalooza

July 13, 2018

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It can be easy for music fans to be shortsighted during the summer music festival season. With globally favored artists such as Arctic Monkeys and Jack White returning to town to grace Lollapalooza stages with some of the most anticipated new music releases in recent memory, festival schedules can be pigeonholed by headlining slots and whatever preceeding sets are located conveniently nearby. While it is undoubtable that headliners performing upon the pedestal of their place within the music industry can make for extremely memorable sets, Lollapalooza's lineup also offers the opportunity to catch emerging acts on their ascent. After all, 7 years before The xx headlined Lollapalooza on the north end of Grant Park in 2017, the English trio performed at the Petrillo Music Shell stage on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. in 2010.

Parquet Courts - Friday, 8/3 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Bud Light stage

With six albums in their discography, Parquet Courts certainly aren't new to producing creatively jagged tracks together as a collective. The New York natives have garnered widespread praise for their thoughtfully assembled songs amid punk rock soundscapes, as their 2018 album, Wide Awake!, continues to impress devout fans of the band as well as new listeners. Having already appeared at Pitchfork Music Festival in 2013 and 2015, Parquet Courts continue to climb the ladder of music festival lineups while producing enlivening new tunes along the way.

Jungle - Friday, 8/3 - 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - American Eagle stage

UK ensemble Jungle's Friday evening slot at Lollapalooza presents an interesting chance to see an energizing band on the rise within the context of a festival closing show. Scheduled against Bruno Mars and The National, the band's smooth indie pop variety will still translate well at the height of the daily lineup. Often employing roller skates and Adidas jumpsuits, Jungle's music videos alone are vigorous enough to entice Lollapalooza attendees into fandom. If either of the mammoth headliners don't attract some music festival fans, Jungle's 9:00 p.m. performance promises to be an intersection of spectacle and emerging talent. 

Carly Rae Jepsen - Saturday, 8/4 - 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Lake Shore stage

Canadian pop artist Carly Rae Jepsen isn't overcasted. With over one billion YouTube views, "Call Me Maybe" is an internationally adored track and was one of the most ubiquitous songs of 2011. Although "Call Me Maybe" is an indisputable pop song, Jepsen hasn't narrowed her sound, and has collaborated with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam. Music lovers that appreciate pop music can witness the global star's sound evolve and expand within a live festival setting. 

Cigarettes After Sex - Sunday, 8/5 - 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - American Eagle stage

In addition to tying Rainbow Kitten Surprise for the most eccentric band name of Lollapalooza 2018, the tranquil aura of Cigarettes After Sex will be a prime pairing alongside a gradual Sunday evening sunset. Ambient artists don't always equate to the crowd size of most festival headlining bands, but as Beach House proved at Pitchfork Music Festival in 2016, dream pop and similar genres still have the capacity to attract extensive audiences and spots atop lineups. Viewers of The Handmaid's Tale might recognize hearing "Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby" on Hulu. 

To view the full Lollapalooza schedule, visit https://www.lollapalooza.com/schedule/