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Mr. Farrell said he sees his role as curatorial, “purely as a music selector.”
This year he sees a special place for electronic dance music, with acts Justice and Avicii headlining the main stage.
“To me that’s honoring dance music,” Mr. Farrell said.
Lollapalooza competes for music fans’ festival dollars with other events throughout the summer and early fall. This year’s Lollapalooza lineup goes up against Radiohead, Phish and the Beach Boys at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival from June 7 through 10 in Manchester, Tenn. The Red Hot Chili Peppers also are playing Bonnaroo this year.
This month’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., features Radiohead, Feist and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The Austin City Limits Music Festival hasn’t released its October lineup.
This is Lollapalooza’s eighth year in Chicago. Last year’s festival sold out at 90,000 visitors a day, or 270,000 over the three-day event. Discounted souvenir and early bird three-day passes for this year’s event, priced at $75 and $200, have sold out. Regular-priced $230 passes are available.
Urban surprised with Grand Ole Opry invite
Keith Urban was slyly dropping hints about the surprises he had in store at the All for the Hall benefit concert this week, but little did he know the night’s biggest surprise was aimed at him.
Vince Gill and members of Rascal Flatts, the Oak Ridge Boys and Diamond Rio surprised Mr. Urban on Tuesday night with the announcement that he will officially join the Grand Ole Opry later this month, a revelation that clearly took the Australian country star by surprise.
“I’m shocked, I’ve got to say,” Mr. Urban told the sold-out crowd at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. “It’s a huge honor and how beautiful to have this happen tonight of all nights.”
As for Mr. Urban’s surprises, he brought Merle Haggard and childhood hero Don Williams on stage, fittingly trotting out a couple of inductees for the fundraiser to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
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