On Friday, thousands will descend on Chicago’s Grant Park for the annual Lollapalooza music festival, where Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Skrillex and Lorde will be headlining over the course of three days. Beyond the marquee names, more than 130 acts, some on the cusp of breaking out, will perform across eight-plus stages. Here, a spotlight on three must-see artists.
Swedish chanteuse Lykke Li calls her third album “I Never Learn” the end of a trilogy: “A young woman finally stepping into the light, into her own skin, with all her scars and flaws.”
Li wrote the album, which was coproduced by herself, Greg Kurstin and Björn Yttling, of the Swedish band Peter Bjorn and John, after the end of a relationship. Track titles say it all: “Never Gonna Love Again,” “Heart of Steel” and “Sleeping Alone.” It is a departure from her otherwise upbeat debut, “Youth Novels,” which came out in 2008 and was hailed by critics.
Li, who in May performed at the Museum of Modern Art for an audience that included Madonna, will begin after her Friday appearance at Grant Park a 23-stop U.S. and European tour that will close in Dublin in November. The self-professed homebody loves performing live and says one of her favorite moments this year happened at a festival in Poland. “Everybody in the audience brought out a lighter to ‘Never Gonna Love Again.’ It was like singing in a sea of love,” she says.