5 Artists/Bands Who Could and Should Headline Lollapalooza 2017

Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary has come and gone, and even with an additional fourth day, the festival flew right by. Looking ahead to 2017, it’s hard to say who may headline this early on… but that doesn’t prevent us from guessing. Here are five artists/bands who have solid grounds as to why they would make great headliners for Lollapalooza 2017.

1.) Beck
Beck found a summer hit in his latest single, “Wow,” and if the playful and good-spirited nature of the song is any indication into what the rest of the album will sound like, it’s safe to say it will be better suited for a festival atmosphere than his most recent LP, Morning Phase. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Beck even said he has newfound interest in touring and that there’s something “life-sparking” about performing live. The currently untitled album is due out October 21st, giving listeners plenty of time to get acquainted before he hypothetically headlines this major festival.

2.) Marilyn Manson
This shock rocker is already looking ahead, seeing as he announced his upcoming record titled, Say10, will arrive on Valentine’s Day 2017. Lollapalooza, and large festivals in general, typically call upon one or more veteran acts to headline the festival and appeal to a larger demographic — and Manson would surely fill that void. His expansive catalogue, in addition to his compelling stage presence and persona, would surely satisfy the crowd. And support from a new album would give Manson the extra edge he needs to secure a headlining slot.

3.) Missy Elliott
Since releasing her collaborative hit “WTF (Where They From)” with Pharrell Williams and making a guest appearance during Katy Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show, Missy Elliot has remained mostly out of the spotlight — save for popping up in James Corden’s recent Carpool Karaoke episode with Michelle Obama. And although there has been no news, and not even any rumors, of new material from the hip hop artist, August of 2017 is still a ways away… leaving Elliott plenty of time to drop a new album. But even without the added support of new material, Elliot’s decades of past hits — paired with her impressive dance skills and stage presence — are enough to earn her a headlining nomination.

4.) Jack White
Some rejoice while others sigh about the undeniable fact that Jack White is everywhere and his stamp is on everything — from launching a record in space to the upcoming release of Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016. While White headlined Lollapalooza in 2012 following the release of his solo debut, Blunderbuss, many artists often return to headline the festival in an equally short amount of time. With the boost of previously unheard material, along with a newly unearthed White Stripes song, a headlining performance seems plausible — especially if (though unlikely) Meg White were to agree to a guest appearance. One can only wish. 

5.) Prophets of Rage
This supergroup of heavy metal and hip hop pioneers from Rage Against the Machine (Tim Commerford, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk), Public Enemy (Chuck D and DJ Lord) and Cypress Hill (B-Real) would give a performance that rivals Rage Against the Machine’s headlining set from Lollapalooza ’08 — when mosh pits became so intense security paused the set to speak with the band on stage. A headlining slot from Prophets of Rage would signify one of Lollapalooza’s aims, to honor music’s past while celebrating its future. The high energy and politically powered message of this supergroup would surely result in a set to remember.


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