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Lollapalooza 2020 Is Officially Canceled

Chicago finally announced on Tuesday, June 9, that all large, permitted outdoor events have been canceled through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

The city of Chicago finally announced on Tuesday (June 9), that all large, permitted outdoor events have been canceled through Labor Day (Sept. 7).

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a press release: “We must provide ways for people to enjoy the spirit of a Chicago summer while prioritizing health and safety. As difficult as it is to remove these in-person events from our calendar, we are pulling out all the stops for an inventive, engaging and fun festival season this summer.”

Soon after the news broke, Lollapalooza posted a statement on its site and Instagram account. “We wish we could bring Lollapalooza to Grant Park again this year, but we understand why things can’t move forward as planned. … Rest assured, we will be working hard behind the scenes to deliver Chicago a spectacular celebration of Lollapalooza’s 30th anniversary in the summer of 2021, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.”

Much like Coachella did, Lollapalooza — promoted by C3 Presents — will livestream music the weekend of July 30-Aug. 2, when the festival was supposed to take place. The festival’s statement continued: “The weekend-long virtual event will include performances from around the city and beyond, epic archival sets from Chicago and the festival’s six international editions, never-before-seen footage from the 1990’s and much more.” A full schedule will arrive next month.”

Billboard has reached out to the mayor and governor’s office for comment. Read Lollapalooza’s full statement: