Chicago’s rock media elites, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, are reporting that Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan is conducting an antitrust investigation of Lollapalooza promoters for enforcing particularly strenuous radius clauses into their contracts. All major festivals, including our desert dance bonanza, Coachella, insist on radius clauses, which prevent an artist from performing in the market in the weeks and months leading up to the event.
In a clear move to compete with Coachella in the biggest d**k festival competition, Lollapalooza has announced that they will be expanding the festival’s footprint and capacity in 2010.
The festival’s Grant Park site will expand across Columbus Drive, growing to 115 acres from 80 acres. That will bump capacity by 20,000 a day, to 95,000 from last year’s peak of 75,000. The festival has sold out all 225,000 tickets each of the last two years, but now will be able to sell an additional 60,000 tickets for the festival Aug 6-8.
That’s a whole lotta Gaga groupies.
Amazing what a name change can do. When URB discovered the lovely ladies of Rocktapussy last summer, we were feeling their sexy take on DJing admist Chicago’s juke-dominated scene. Now, as Moneypenny, Chess Hubbard (DJ Mother Hubbard) and Jessica Goneya (DJ A-Cup) are rocking the stage at their hometown’s Lollapalooza festival. The pair made this exclusive dance mix of URB that runs the gamut from Boney M to Iggy Pop. Full tracklist after jump.
1) Mike Dunn – Phreaky MF (Mike Dunn’s Original Phreak Mixx)
2) G.L.O.V.E.S. – P.Y.X.
3) Mannequin – Take Me To The Club
4) Les Rythmes Digitales – Disco To Disco
5) Boney M – Happy Song
6) Muzzaik – Down So Long feat. Jacquita – Instrumental Mix
7) Yello – Bostich
8) Mowgli – Nu …
Perry Farrell, the ‘godfather’ of alt-rock, might soon have a new moniker to honor his strides in…electronic music? Yes, Farrell’s still a part of Satellite Party and Jane’s Addiction, but he’s also integrated a sizeable DJ area at Lollapalooza, performed live with Paul Van Dyk and Moby, played at Cochella under DJ Peretz and has a live electro act with wife Etty Farrell. While it seems surreal to chat blogs and The Bloody Beetroots with a man who’s famous for an extensive rock-based career, make no mistake about it, Farrell knows what he’s talking about. In fact, with every passing day, he’s becoming increasingly entrenched in the dance scene and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the business. Here for URB, Perry talks about DJ culture, the future of bands and finding his way in …
Friendly Fires have been making music since they were teenagers. Ed, Edd and Eddy–just kidding, the third member’s name is Jack–met in high school and formed a post-hardcore band, First Day Back. However, they evolved into a pop band shortly after leaving university and began to take inspiration in their music from Kompakt, Carl Craig and Prince, leaving their hard-rock beginnings behind. Always having been listeners of many genres, the Fires understand and appreciate music to the fullest, so it was only natural for a conversation to go on a tangent about pop music before they were swiftly scooped up by their publicist for another interview.