City of Chicago Finally Cancels Lollapalooza and All Other Remaining Summer Festivals

Organizers promise to instead coordinate a live stream event for Lolla weekend.

It’s become pretty widely understood that live music as we know it is out of the question until at least early 2021. Yet it wasn’t until today that the City of Chicago officially announced that Lollapalooza—along with all other outdoor summer festivals, including the Chicago Jazz Festival, Air and Water Show, and Taste of Chicago—would be cancelled this year. 

“Following the City and State guidelines for Phase 3, DCASE has announced a slate of more than 150 reimagined summer events that will include at-home dance parties, virtual concerts, farmers markets and community meals for frontline workers,” the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs tweeted this morning. 

In a statement released earlier today, Lolla organizers shared their regret before promising a “digital version” of the event, promising “live sets in iconic locations, epic archival sets from Lollapalooza globally, original content and much more.” Planning for virtual Lolla will commence immediately. Read their public statement below.


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