The sweat is just drying off from this weekend’s blow-out 2022 edition Lollapalooza on the lakefront in Chicago, which means it’s already time to start gearing up for next summer. As fans headed home for this year’s blowout featuring Metallica, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Machine Gun Kelly, J. Cole, Big Sean, Kygo, Green Day, Dua Lipa, Charlie XCX and the first solo show by BTS’s J-Hope, revealed the organizers on Monday morning (August 1) that they will be back for more around the same time next year, and for many years to come.
Lollapalooza will be back in Chicago’s Grant Park starting in August. 3-6 in 2023 incl hotel packages already available to early planners out there; that Chicago Tribune also reported that Mayor Lori Lightfoot confirmed Sunday that organizers had agreed to terms with the city that will keep the party in Chicago for another decade.
This year’s Lolla had something for everyone, including Metallica tricking their Thursday night headliners with a tribute to Stranger Things“Master of Puppets” lover Eddie Munson during a performance of their beloved 1986 thrash metal classic.
After running through fan favorites including “Enter Sandman,” “Nothing Else Matters” and a cover of AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna) Cut ‘N’ Roll),’ Metallica closed the show with the song that is currently in the middle of a streaming renaissance thanks to its inclusion in the finale episode of Stranger Things‘fourth season. Staged in front of a large screen playing the show’s standout scene — which features Joseph Quinn’s metalhead character epically shredding “Master of Puppets” on his electric guitar as a means of distracting from the killer beats of the Upside Down — the band lip-synced their performance of the song to Eddie’s.
In addition, rappers live Lil Durk is recovering after having one accident on stage where he was hit in the face with some pyro during his Saturday night set. “Due to the incident that happened at Lollapalooza in Chicago on stage, I am taking a break and focusing on my health,” Lil Durk wrote in a post on Instagramwhich showed a photo of the hip-hop artist in a hospital room wearing a mask and a large patch covering his right eye.
And if BTS’ J-Hope was nervous about his first-ever solo set outside the comfort of K-pop supergroup’s circuit, he didn’t seem to show it as he became the first South Korean artist to headline a major American festival. Since the group is in in the middle of a break as its 7 members explore solo work, J-Hope wowed the 100,000 crowd with energetic performances of songs from his new Jack in the Box album, including “More,” “HANGSANG” and “POP (Peace of Piece),” as well as a tropical version of the BTS smash “Dynamite” and a run through his Becky G collaboration “Chicken Noodle Soup,” according to NME.
Hopping across the stage in a loose black shirt and matching pants, Hope playfully introduced himself to the crowd by noting that he’s a member of BTS, “but you can call me J,” the rapper smiled as the crowd erupted in cheers during a sets that mixed hip-hop with pop, rock and some smooth R&B. “You guys are fucking crazy,” he said, thanking ARMY for showing up. “Many of you may be seeing me for the first time today… it’s great to be here.”
Watch the teaser video for 2023 Lollapalooza below.