Apr 24th, 2017, 11:33 PM

The First French Lollapalooza

By Elizabeth Nguyen Son
Image credit: Instagram/Lollapalooza
Move out of the way Rock En Seine, something cooler is around the corner...

Lollapalooza, an American music festival one could call "Coachella's big sister," began on the road in 1991 and is finally coming to Paris. The festival will be held over the weekend of July 22 and 23 at the Hippodrome de Longchamp. Apparently, the name means "something that is extraordinarily impressive"—quite a fitting name for such a well-known festival. The festival was founded by the lead singer of Jane's Addiction, Perry Farrell, and since the summer of 1991, Lollapalooza has gone global.


We open the gates for #Lolla's 25th Anniversary, in 2 days! Who's ready? Photo by @rebeccamorrisx

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Although Lollapalooza was created in 1991 as a traveling music festival that toured North America, it finally settled down in Chicago, Illinois in 2005 and has been there annually ever since. Five years later, in 2010, Lollapalooza announced that it was set to go overseas with its first South American festival in Santiago, Chile, debuting in 2011. The following year, Lolla hit the streets of São Paulo, Brazil, and the next, it revealed that Buenos Aires, Argentina, would be its next destination. After several incarnations in South America, Lollapalooza buckled up to travel across the Atlantic, all the way over to Berlin, Germany; the first ever European Lollapalooza was hosted at the Tempelhof Aiport Park.


For those looking to attend the Parisian version of the iconic summer pastime, one can buy regular passes for one day (79 euros) or both days (149 euros). VIP (429 euros/day) and Platinum (779 euros/day) tickets are sold for each individual day and cannot be bought as a weekend package. Do note that, as of press time, the one-day regular admission ticket sales page does not function properly, so if you want to buy tickets for only one day, you will have to go through the "VIP & Platinum Samedi" or "VIP & Platinum Dimanche" pages. Every year, at every venue, Lollapalooza showcases a wide range of artists from EDM to indie rock—meaning that this year's festival is certainly not one to be missed. A promotional video below reveals this year's lineup: