Lollapalooza may be expanding to Toronto in 2015. Over the years, Lollpalooza has reached beyond its usual home of Chicago to a few off shoot festivals in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. The festival organizers even had plans to go to Israel but those plans were quickly squashed because they couldn’t draw top talent due to the delicate political situation in the Mideast. In an interview with Consequence of Sound, festival head organizer, Jeff Cohen let it slip that Lollapalooza is anticipating a possible expansion to Toronto in the near future.
“Lollapolooza is surely coming to Toronto next August 2015, and it’ll be very interesting to see how that changes the summer landscape in our great city,” Cohen explained. “Honestly, we’ve never played by the industry sets of rules with regard to how things work in our venues, etc … being able to book a festival and at the same time also book some into our clubs is just an organic progression. But yes, we are absolutely self-sufficient in terms of how we do business and fiercely independent of the big players like C3, AEG, and Live Nation.”
In a follow up interview with Consequence, Cohen said that Lollapalooza Toronto could take place the second week of August. The potential move isn’t really a surprise because of North by North East and an offshoot of Riot fest being added to Toronto’s music festival scene in recent years.
2014 Lollapalooza’s line up will included performances by OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lorde, Interpol, Jenny Lewis, and some other acts who’ve been in town already this summer or will soon be. Top headliner Eminem, which Is a fan favorite, will also be performing at this year’s festival.
Is Lollapolooza a good fit for the music festival scene in Canada? Will the festival really draw too much attention away from smaller neighboring events like the Osheaga Festival. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the expansion actually moves forward.
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