Year in and year out, Lollapalooza delivers the perfect mix of bands on the rise and chart-toppers who've headlined arenas the world over. This year is no different, and festival-goers can catch a glimpse of Lorde, Kings of Leon and that new favorite band they've never heard of all in the same weekend at Chicago's Grant Park.
Based on the sheer volume of amazingness brought to you via the Lolla lineup day in and day out, we've put together a must-see list of acts for you to check out for each day of the festival, from up-and-coming indie rockers to EDM acts DJs on the rise to hip-hop gods. Behold, our can't-miss acts of Lolla 2014!
Sunday, August 3
KONGOS @ Palladia, 12:15 p.m.
Feeling tired on Day 3? Not after you see these South African alt rockers whose gritty, grungy sound (listen to the accordion-tinged "Come With Me Now," if you haven't) will set the mood right.
Jhene Aiko @ Samsung Galaxy, 12:45 p.m.
At Coachella earlier this year, the R&B princess singer brought Drake and Childish Gambino out for one of the fest's most memorable sets. But even if Aiko doesn't bring an all-star guest, you'll still get lost in her velvety smooth vocals.
Bleachers @ Lake Shore, 1:30 p.m.
Jack Antonoff proved he was a touring force with his fun. band mates, but see how the guitarist handles himself solo via his Bleachers side project. His debut LP Strange Desire is full off shout-along anthems and quieter, intimate tracks that brings a little something for everyone.
Childish Gambino @ Bud Light, 6:45 p.m.
Donald Glover recently declared himself the "best rapper alive." That's a lofty title that he'll need to backup at this set and we have a feeling it's going to be one of Lolla's must-see moments. Do not miss this one.
Chance the Rapper @ Perry's, 8:30 p.m.
There's a lot of great headliners you could end Lolla 2014 with, but with his buzz at an all-time high, we know Chi-town's very own Chance the Rapper will not disappoint. Justin Bieber popped up at Chance's Coachella set, we have a feeling he's got something special lined up this time too.
Saturday, August 2
Jungle @ Samsung Galaxy, 12:45 p.m.
Kick off Day 2 of Lolla with a feel-good set from this rising modern-soul outfit. Listen up for their horn-heavy single "Busy Earnin'" (already rising at radio) that sounds right at home among sax-y, summer smashes like Ariana Grande's "Problem "and Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty."
Duke Dumont @ Perry's, 3:15 p.m.
This soon-to-breakout DJ already has two No. 1s in his native UK and a GRAMMY nomination stateside. Along with Disclosure, Dumont's been leading EDM's house movement so expect a cool and groovin' Saturday set.
Nas @ Palladia, 5:45 p.m.
The classic MC is having a huge year celebrating the 20th anniversary of Illmatic. Nas hits the stage in the middle of Day 2 for a set that sure to be a big dose of nostalgia and give extra energy to power through the rest of the fest.
Jenny Lewis @ The Grove, 7:45 p.m.
The Rilo Kiley star just dropped her new solo LP The Voyager to rave reviews. Of course come for the indie-pop darling's lush, harmony-heavy new material, but also get close enough to see what she wears—lately, she's been favoring a '70s-inspired, rainbow-colored suit.
Krewella @ Perry's, 8:30 p.m.
The Chicago trio close out the Perry's stage with a homecoming set that's sure to be even crazier than their infamously wild live shows. In addition to their usual antics of spraying the crowd with water and champagne, expect a lot of Chi-town shoutouts and maybe even a few special guests.
Calvin Harris @ Bud Light, 8:45 p.m.
With a new album on the horizon, the EDM maestro is sure to bring a sweaty, fist-pumping set we're hoping is chocked full of new music.
Friday, August 1
Into It. Over It. @ The Grove, 1:00 p.m.
As one of the headliners of the current "emo revival," Evan Weiss has a brilliant stripped-down, one-man show that's perfect to ease into your Lollapalooza experience.
Hozier @ Palladia, 3:45 p.m.
Along with Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, this Irish singer-songwriter is one of the new sad boys of pop with a bone-tingling voice. Just go see him before he falls in line with Sheeran and Smith and you can't afford his concert tickets anymore!
Iggy Azalea @ Perry's, 4:30 p.m.
Who dat? Who dat? Watch I-G-G-Y perform the song of the summer and the rest of her twerkable jams at a smaller stage we're not totally sure will fit the whole crowd. (Get there early.)
Rudimental @ The Grove, 6:00 p.m.
Along with Disclosure and Duke Dumont, this electronic outfit is leading EDM into a more soulful style, and their set is sure to sound like the future of radio. Experience it now and you'll be way ahead of the curve.
Lykke Li @ Lake Shore, 7:30 p.m.
Sure, most of Lollapalooza is for exuberant singalong and rock-the-eff-out moments. But for theaquick change of pace, look to the Swedish songstress and sway along to the heartbreaking songs off of her excellent I Never Learn LP.
Eminem @ Samsung Galaxy, 8:30 p.m.
It's the first of his seven summer concert dates, so get ready for Em to bring it ... and for this stage to be packed.