I know that a lot of people think this is WAY too early to be starting a list…but I actually started my predictions list earlier last year (you can read the post here). I only recently just started paying attention to rumors and I get the majority of my info from Reddit – as well as guesses that I’ve come up with on my own. I think guessing headliners is a lot trickier compared to being able to place the undercards – since Lollapalooza changed their format to four days in 2016, it’s fairly easy to guess the majority of an undercard if you’re as into music as I am.
As always, this post is a work in progress and I will continue to update it – and will eliminate artists closer to the festival lineup announcement. Enjoy!
Arctic Monkeys. Like VW, Arctic Monkeys have been on a break for awhile, and Alex Turner was focusing on his other project – The Last Shadow Puppets (they headlined the Pepsi stage in 2016). I would love to see AM at Lolla because when they last headlined (2014) my entire group chose Eminem over them and I still have never seen them live.
Eminem. Again, not sure about the lineup tilting to this much rap music but Eminem is releasing new music and was last there in 2014.
Fleetwood Mac. This is a SHOT IN THE DARK! I haven’t seen any rumors, but it would be my absolute dream to see a reunited Fleetwood Mac at Lolla in 2018. I think it’s possible, I think that Lolla needs to grab a legacy act this year as a headliner. Only time will tell.
Jay-Z. I’ve seen his name being thrown around a LOT – and to be honest, I know nothing about Jay-Z and I probably can’t place more than three of his songs. He is heavily rumored though.
Kendrick Lamar. This one is more of an interesting grab for me because Kendrick has had such a great year – but I don’t see Lollapalooza grabbing Jay-Z AND Kendrick. My guess is it is one or the other – who would you rather see?
Lady Gaga – I think Lollapalooza needs a female pop artist as a headliner. I don’t think Lorde will come back even though her set got caught short due to weather (still upset about it), Ellie Goulding was there in 2016 and hasn’t done much since, Florence and the Machine is rumored but she was there in 2015, Katy Perry flopped this year, and T.Swift will (sadly) never play (just my guess) and is doing a stadium tour next summer.
Post Malone. Tried to get into his music, not my thing. I think he would headline a smaller stage – probably Pepsi.
The National. Last played in 2013 – earlier set in the day. Based on their growth since then and their new album, I think they could close out Bud Light against a hip-hop act on the south stage. They can easily get picked up by Riot Fest or Pitchfork, though.
Vampire Weekend. The band has been teasing new music for nearly a year at this point – and the last time they played Lollapalooza was in 2013 (insane) and they sub headlined. With such a long hiatus, Rostam leaving the band and starting his own project, the anticipation for Vampire Weekend to drop new music is REAL.
Zedd / The Chainsmokers / Odesza – A set by an EDM artist is inevitable. I know next to nothing about this genre of music but these are the rumors as of right now.
Bleachers. Was shocked he wasn’t there in 2017…Jack loves Chicago…my guess is Bleachers will be performing festivals next summer.
Cardi B. She’s had an amazing 2017. I’m sure she’s already booked.
The Front Bottoms. This is iffy because they just played in 2016 but I LOVE their new album and really want to see them again.
Khalid. I think Lollapalooza REALLY screwed up by not getting him in 2017 – would be absolutely flabbergasted if they screw up two years in a row by not getting him.
Lauv. He’s been BLOWING UP this year and already sold out Lincoln Hall in February. Seems like the perfect Lolla artist to me.
Lil Pump. I know nothing about this rapper, literally nothing, I’ve just seen his name everywhere. So here’s my guess.
Logic. He’s been making moves this year and blew up with a radio hit ft. Alessia Cara. I would assume he’s big enough to sub-headline.
Manchester Orchestra. Last played in 2014…just released a new album this year…I’m calling it now.
Portugal. The Man. They have blown up IMMENSELY since their last performance at Lolla (2013) and just released a new album. THey’ll be back at the Aragon in February but like St. Vincent – that’s plenty of time to come back.
Rostam. Just released solo music since his departure from Vampire Weekend…is touring in early 2018 but can definitely come back…he can maybe be at Pitchfork?
Sigrid. Love this Norwegian pop-star – has had an incredible 2017 and is definitely an artist to watch in 2018.
St. Vincent. Could go either way, but she’s just released new music. She’s performing at the Chicago theater in January – plenty of time to come back.
SZA. There’s just no way she’s not there.
Wolf Alice. Just released an incredible second album and can easily return after their last performance at Lolla in 2016.
Young the Giant. Was shocked that they weren’t on the 2017 lineup but I’m guessing they will continue to tour their newest album well into next year. They also haven’t been since 2014. Let’s get them back!
I hope to update this soon. Thanks for reading!