July 29, 2015


Lollapalooza Then & Now: Looking Back at 10 Acts' Debuts and Returns


After eight years on the road and a decade in Chicago, Lollapalooza is an icon of the American music festival circuit—and that's naturally going to mean some delectable waves of déjà vu. Scores of acts have come back to Lolla for seconds (and thirds, fourths, fifths), and 2015 is no different, with Florence + the Machinethe WeekndBrand NewMetallica and Bassnectar among the returnees. 

Perhaps comeback performers aren't inherently that interesting—oh, they've got a new album, great, get 'em back on the bill—but the best artists refuse to return with the same old narrative. They wear their career arcs on their sleeves, those ascensions from barely attended side-stage sets to headlining juggernauts. Even big names who spent dark years as nostalgia-only groups have been bitten by that reinvigorating Lolla bug, along with long-dormant bands returning to regain earlier success with ballyhooed reunions.

With Lollapalooza 2015 around the corner (livestream it on Fuse!), these are 10 of the festival's coolest, most powerful debuts and returns.

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