The Lollapalooza Experience – From The Artist’s Perspective

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In honor of Lollapalooza’s 30th anniversary…. (Congratulations Perry!), we thought it would be great to look back at Lollapalooza from some the artist’s perspective. There have been so many great times had on stage over the years and for this article, we asked Elohim, Larkin Poe, and Roger Seller of Bayonne to talk about their “Lollapalooza experience” as well as Payday who hasn’t performed there yet, but she was kind enough to share her thoughts on Lollapalooza and let you know what you can expect. Here is what they had to say!


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Credit: Photographed by Emily Knecht / Styled by Katya Netter

“My first time at Lolla was unforgettable! I was a brand new artist and it was one of the first times I got to play for such a huge audience, the energy was just incredible. I grew up always hearing about Lolla as this legendary festival, so to play was surreal, exciting and a little overwhelming but in the best way. My hope for Lolla 2021 is that it will be a magical, freeing, beautiful time full of love! We’ve all experienced an incredibly weird last year and a half, and to have that community connection with live music again will be the biggest celebration. I just want everyone to smile and feel the love!”

The last time Elohim came to Chicago was going to be at Concord Music Hall March of 2020, but then COVID-19 forced the shut down of everything, so definitely be sure to catch Elohim on the Grove stage on Friday, July 30th at 5:15 when she ‘struts’ back into Chicago once again!


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Larkin Poe

Kindred Spirits

“We have always loved the fact that Lollapalooza embraces a wide range of musical genres. Moving from one stage to the next at Lolla, you can witness pop, soul, hip hop, or — in our case — Roots Rock N Roll. Musical melding pot festivals will forever reign supreme in our hearts.”

Rebecca & Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe are singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist sisters creating their own brand of Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll: gritty, soulful, and flavored by their southern heritage. Originally from Atlanta and currently living in Nashville, they are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allan Poe.

While the Lovell sisters are not playing Lollapalooza this year, they just embarked on another one of their typically long tours going through next year, so visit their official website for all the tour details.


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Roger Sellers of Bayonne

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It’s just one of those big massive festivals, it seems like everything has been really well taken care of and every festival is a little bit different, but it has been very impressive!

Unfortunately, Roger is not performing Lollapalooza this year, but visit his official website for tour dates and more!



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“This is my first ever festival and what an honor for it to be one of the best in the world! I don’t care if there’s 4 people or 40,000 people in front of me, I’m going to give you a dope ass performance, high energy fun for the whole family ! Bring your grandma bring your kids. Payday is for the people !”

You can catch PAYDAY on the Lakeshore stage on Friday at 12pm as well as the following dates of her tour with AG Club. Don’t miss her!

07/28 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN**
07/30 – Lollapalooza Festival – Chicago, IL
08/01 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH**
08/02 – The Basement – Columbus, OH**
08/04 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO**
08/05 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO**
08/07 – Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO**
08/08 – Kilby Court Gallery – Salt Lake City, UT**
09/26 – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY**
09/28 – Sinclair – Boston, MA**
09/29 – Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD**
10/03 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX
10/10 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX
10/13 – Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM**
10/14 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ**
10/15 – 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ**
10/17 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA**
10/19 – House Of Blues Voodoo – San Diego, CA**
10/20 – Observatory Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA**
10/21 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA**
10/23 – Atrium at the Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA**
10/24 – Starline Social Club – Oakland, CA**
**AG Club Tour Dates

About Lollapalooza:

Launched by founder Perry Farrell in 1991 as a touring festival, Lollapalooza remains an innovator in festival culture 30 years later.

Lollapalooza was the first festival to bring together artists from a wide range of musical genres on one bill, it was also the first to travel, the first to expand to multiple days, the first to introduce a second stage, the first to blend art and activism, the first to offset its carbon emissions, the first to put electronic dance music artists on the main stage, the first to create family friendly programming, the first to make its home in an urban city center and the first to expand internationally.

Lollapalooza has grown into an annual world-class festival in Chicago (2005), as well as culturally rich countries including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France. Lollapalooza is one of the premier destinations both for music fans in the United States and abroad. The festival expanded to four days in 2016 in celebration of 25 years and continues to bring fans four full days of music and over 180 bands on 8 stages. In 2017 Lollapalooza brought in over 245 million dollars in local economic impact and has brought in over 1.2 billion dollars in total locally, since 2010.

Lollapalooza is produced by Perry Farrell, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, and C3 Presents.

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