Never one to ignore her Muse, Jenna Rose Robbins got the scoop on the first European edition of Perry Farrell’s musical juggernaut.
Rock out at Perry Farrell's first European edition of the musical juggernaut Lollapalooza.
Way back in 1991, when plaid flannel and grunge garb were still de rigueur club wear, Lollapalooza shook up the American music-festival scene by daring to feature both an unorthodox mix of genres and non-musical attractions, including sideshow freaks and Buddhist monks. And it did something else that other fests didn’t: It went on the road.
Some 20 years and several rejiggerings later, Perry Farrell’s brainchild is making its first landing on this side of the Pond, and the former Jane’s Addiction frontman has chosen Berlin – naturally – for the European inauguration. Headlining the two- day shindig is none other than Muse, who some consider the best live act of our time. The English rockers are supported by the likes of Seeed and Berlin’s own punkrock Beatsteaks, as well as perennial indie favorites Belle & Sebastian and the recently combined forces of Franz Ferdinand & Sparks (billed, appropriately, as FFS). Farrell himself has announced he will DJ on his eponymous side stage.
Debuting at the Berlin Lolla is Fashionpalooza, a designated area of Tempelhof that is both an interactive nod to style’s role in the music industry as well as a performance area for the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Libertines, and Sam Smith. Another European first for the fest: Kidzapalooza, a sideshow for the under-14 crowd, which will feature such entertainment as a cinema and kid-hop from Deine Freunde.
One- day and full-festival passes are available. 12-13 Sep, Tempelhof Park (p. 38). www.lollapaloozade.com