Chicagomuzik

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March 30, 2005

Chicagopalooza

We've been hearing rumors and whispers of this for weeks (if not months) now, but thanks to what looks like a strategic (ie, hype-inducing) leak to Chris Morris, word is finally out:

"Lollapalooza -- a marquee touring festival of the 1990s that fell on commercial hard times last year -- is returning this year in drastically scaled-down form. Lollapalooza '05 will run July 23-24 in Chicago's Grant Park. The band lineup will not be announced until the third week in April. The festival Web site will go live Friday." - Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter

While founder Perry Farrell is said to be a consultant, the real muscle behind the festival is Capital Sports and Entertainment, an Austin, Texas firm that promotes the annual Austin City Limits festival.

A couple of observations: This news cannot be well-received by Jam, which the city snubbed in favor of Clear Channel in granting rights to run the planned Northerly Island venue. In 2001 the local firm promoted the hugely successful Radiohead show at Grant Park's Hutchinson Field, but appears to have been locked out by the city ever since.

Also, if you're already planning to attend the Pitchfork Intonation Festival set for one weekend before Chicagopalooza, well, better start doing your sun dance - not to mention resting up - now.

Update: According to MTV.com, Chicagopalooza is intended as "a 'destination' festival on a par with Coachella and Bonnaroo." Somehow, we doubt it.

Update II: "Billboard.com has learned that Beck, the Killers, Kings Of Leon and Widespread Panic are among the bands being eyed to appear."