Aug. 6-8, Chicago, Ill.
Top acts: Lady Gaga, Green Day, Soundgarden, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Cypress Hill, MGMT, Erykah Badu
Tickets: $215
2009 attendance: 225,000+
Artists: 150+

In the ’90s, Lollapalooza criss-crossed the country as the premier alt-rock summer tour, after getting its start as an extended farewell for Jane’s Addiction organized by lead singer Perry Farrell. Slow ticket sales eventually forced it off the road, but the once-essential event has experienced a dramatic reinvention as a destination festival held in the heart of downtown Chicago. “It’s found its niche,” says Pollstar’s Bongiovanni. “It’s one of the major festivals in North America, and it has a totally different vibe than Bonnaroo.”

A mix of big-name pop stars and underground favorites will convene in Grant Park for the uber-urban event. In its new incarnation, Lollapalooza has strived to become more family-friendly, but the crowd can still get pretty rowdy.

[Summer Festivals / May 2010, M Music & Musicians]

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