It’s speculation, conjecture, personal foul, double-dribble, and all other sorts of nefarious activity. But, a line-up of Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival has been leaked by an anonymous tipster with the Twitter handle @lollaleaks. Over the last couple of days, the account has sporadically issued the acts names while taunting Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell. Farrell has responded with hyper-defensive tweets verbally accosting @LollaLeaks and denying any finalization to the line up.
— Perry Farrell (@perryfarrell) February 11, 2012
We decided to put together a little graphic displaying the acts leaked by @LollaLeaks. We have little to trust but the source itself; however, due to Lollapalooza’s radial clause—that prevents any bands from playing within 300 miles of the festival for 6 months before and 3 months after the festival—the headlining acts make sense. None of the headliners have scheduled shows in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Detroit, or Ann Arbor during that 9-month waiting period.
Update (Feb 16): Thirteen new bands have been added to the list. Same speculation applies. Justice, Chromeo, Yacht, The Big Pink, They Might Be Giants, Wild Flag, Girls, Shabazz Palaces, HEALTH, tUnE-yArDs, Das Racist, Major Lazer, and my personal favorite Ben Folds Five.
Update: The Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing on May 28 in Chicago but do have gap in their tour schedule from August 1 to 12, further evidence this is speculative. But it doesn’t mean the source is incorrect.