Lollapalooza 2020 Lineup Release Date (Updated)

March 18 Update: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lollapalooza 2020 lineup was not released today. For context, Glastonbury canceled its 2020 event this morning. I expect cancellations and postponements to continue well into the summer. Currently, there is no indication as to when Lollapalooza’s 2020 lineup will be announced. Although I have no inside information, it is fair to wonder whether the 2020 event will take place at all. Please stay safe.

Original Post. If summer festival season is the main course, winter is the aperitif. Lineup rumors, projections, confirmations, and cancellations run rampant in the lead up to lineup releases. The possibilities are (sort of) endless. In an odd way, the winter hype can be almost as fun as festival season itself.

Sitting here in February, the next major US festival to announce its lineup is Lollapalooza. In past years, tickets to Lollapalooza went on sale first, followed the following day by the release of the full lineup. Last year, single-day tickets and the daily lineup were released nearly a month later. In previous years, single day information came out much more quickly.

Historically, Lollapalooza has released its lineup in Mid-March. For example, the 2019 lineup was released on March 20, the 2018 lineup was released on March 21, and the 2017 lineup was released on March 22. Each of the foregoing dates fell on the third Wednesday of the month (with four-day passes going on sale the day before). If the trend continues, you can expect the Lollapollza 2020 lineup to be released on March 18, 2020.

With about a month to go until the lineup goes public, relive the festival season with this clip of Vampire Weekend performing at Lollapolza 2018:

The Black Keys: Masterclass

Funny Or Die presents The Black Keys: Masterclass. With insights ranging from why Dan writes music to why Patrick became a drummer, this masterclass is packed with strategic advice. The course is sure to help everyone out there improve his/her songwriting, guitar strumming, and drumming, “[u]nless you are not naturally gifted like us, then we can’t really help you.”

Liam Gallagher – Shockwave

Liam is back with the first single off of his upcoming album Why Me? Why Not. You can stream Shockwave today on your platform of choice. Head to the bottom of this post to check out the lyrics.

Earlier this week Liam performed 12 songs at the intimate gig in London. Additionally, Liam’s new documentary As It Was made its premiere in London this week. NME gave the documentary 4 stars out of 5, noting “This is a film made for Liam Gallagher fans. If that’s you, you’ll be rewarded with snippets of new material . . . revealing scenes of him hanging with his kids . . . and an overarching sense of a figure who has remained relevant in popular culture (much is made of Liam’s enduring appeal to a young fanbase) across three decades.” Put simply, it’s an exciting time for fans of Mr. Liam Gallagher. Continue reading “Liam Gallagher – Shockwave”

Paul McCartney Performs At Nephew’s Wedding

This is fantastic. Sir Paul McCartney singing wedding tunes?! Well, if you consider I Saw Her Standing There a wedding tune that is. A few weeks ago McCartney performed a few songs with the wedding band at his nephew’s wedding. What a treat!

Paul McCartney Debuts Two New Songs

Yup, a new Paul McCartney is indeed imminent. Yesterday, McCartney announced that a new album will be released this fall. The album, entitled Egypt Station, was teased this past weekend on McCartney’s social media accounts. Now we know the details: the 14 song album will be released September 7, 2018. Moreover, McCartney just released the first two singles from Egypt Station: I Don’t Know and the upbeat Come On To Me.

I Don’t Know
Come On To Me

New Paul McCartney Album Imminent (2018)

Update: McCartney’s new album, entitled Egypt Station, will be released September 7th.

We know that Sir Paul McCartney has a new album in the works. Back in December McCartney was asked what he had in store for 2018, and he replied, “I’ll probably be putting out a new album . . . We’re putting the finishing touches to it now and at the beginning of next year.” So a 2018 McCartney album is certain, the question is when.

Well, the answer is very soon! On June 9th Paul was spotted in Liverpool taking selfies with James Corden. It seems likely that McCartney filmed an interview and/or an episode of carpool karaoke with Corden. Later that day McCartney held a secret performance where he played a new song! I’ve included the video below. Update: Setlist included below.

In addition, McCartney has revamped his social media profiles. His profile pictures have been changed to the mysterious image embedded at the top of this post. Moreover, the same image has replaced all images posted to McCartney’s Instagram profile.

Taken together, it is clear that McCartney’s 2018 album is just around the corner. I cannot wait for more details, which I expect to trickle out this week. Things are looking good for new music and a 2018 fall tour!

Setlist

  1. A Hard Day’s Night
  2. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  3. Love Me Do
  4. Update: Come On To Me When I Come Home To You (possibly incorrect title)
  5. I Wanna Be Your Man
  6. Back in the U.S.S.R
  7. I’ve Just Seen a Face
  8. Birthday
  9. Lady Madonna
  10. Jet
  11. I’ve Got a Feeling
  12. Hey Jude

Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour Review

Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour is fantastic. The music, the visuals, the experience. It’s hard to break down into words, but suffice it to say you need to get a ticket and check it out for yourself. It is 100% worth it. In fact, I want to go again.

Openers

Supporting Swift during this tour are Charli XCX and Camila Cabello. On many tours I actively choose to skip the openers and show up just in time for the main attraction. Don’t do that for the Reputation Stadium Tour: Charli XCX and Camila Cabello are fun. Bonus: Charli XCX and Camila Cabello join Swift to perform Shake it Off.

On first to perform is Charli XCX. She plays the hits, starting with Boom Clap to Five in the Morning and Fancy. I, unfortunately, missed Charli XCX due to traffic, but I enjoy her songs and wish I had gotten in earlier.

Next, Cabello enters the frame to grace the audience with great music and dance moves. I’m not sure there is an up and coming artist hotter than Camilla Cabello right now. Her megahit Havana is the most streamed song ever from a solo female artist on Spotify. Her album is loaded with hits (my favorite is She Loves Control) and her energy on stage is electric. I would recommend seeing Cabello at her own show, so the fact that she is opening for Swift is a perfect bonus.

Setlist

I covered the setlist earlier this year and for the most part it has stayed the same. To recap, Swift rolls through 24 songs: 14 songs from Reputation and the remaining 10 from her extensive catalog of older music. My personal favorites from the show include the mashup of StyleLove Story, and You Belong with MeBad Blood, and New Year’s Day. As a bonus, in the middle of her set, Swift frequently brings out a special guest to perform. Thus far, guests have included Shawn Mendes, Troye Sivan, and Selena Gomez. Even without a guest, the show is stacked with both hits and deeper cuts that all will enjoy.

Overall, the mix of new and old songs work perfectly. Swift is able to easily pull off both loud stadium-ringing bangers and acoustic softer songs. It’s a testament to her immense talent and hard work.

Production Value

The production quality on the Reputation Stadium Tour is incredibly high. The large video screens look fantastic. Moreover, they open for Swift to enter through and during the show chunks of the screen are moved to reveal the band. I was very impressed.

About midway through the show Swift flew through the air to a secondary stage. It was a sight to behold first and foremost, but it also allowed more fans to have an up-close look. It was a great touch. Not over the top for the sake of it, just cool.

Like previous Swift tour’s fans are given wirelessly controlled bracelets when they enter the venue. The bracelet’s light up in synchronization with the performance to produce an incredibly rich experience in the stands. Again, such a nice touch that doesn’t go over the top.

Overall

Swift opens the show by asking the crowd, “are you ready for it?” Everyone was, and no one left disappointed. It’s safe to say that the Reputation Stadium Tour is a must-see show this summer. Swift is an excellent performer and puts on a great show. Throw in the fantastic opening acts and the incredibly high production value, the Reputation Stadium Tour is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.