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Lollapalooza might return to Toronto next summer

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 9, 2014

LollapaloozaIs Lollapalooza coming to Toronto in 2015? The Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF, that most awesomest fest that went down at Fort York over the weekend past) has hinted that Lolla has our city in its sights for next year. TURF's Jeff Cohen, also co-owner of Toronto concert venues Lee's Palace and The Horseshoe Tavern as well as local show promotion company Collective Concerts, dropped some pretty big hints in an interview with music site Consequence of Sound this week.

Cohen reveals "Lollapoloza is surely coming to Toronto next August 2015, and it'll be very interesting to see how that changes the summer landscape in our great city." Lollapalooza organizers neither confirmed nor denied if Toronto was part of their plans. To fans who mourn the contrast between Montreal's Osheaga versus Toronto's smattering of mini fests with bouncy castles and mega fests with bitter rivalries, Lolla could be a welcome summer addition. Others will find it hard to forgive that year Morrissey, PJ Harvey, and Sonic Youth's North American tour was cancelled by the Chicago based festival (okay, it's been 10 years, maybe I can move on).

2014's Lollapalooza lineup includes the likes of Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lorde, Interpol, Jenny Lewis, and other acts who've been in town already this summer (some playing smaller festivals) or will soon be. Plus top billed headliner Eminem, which I might need explained to me.

Does music festival city need Lollapalooza? Are you like, so totally excited for this rad news? Will this mean trouble for Toronto clubs, and smaller local festivals just getting their feet off the ground such as TURF and Field Trip? Let us know in the comments.

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jackson / July 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm
This sounds great since we don't have any mega festivals. What I want to know is, why the largest city in the country with all the promoters we have can't build our own mega fest just like Pemberton, Squamish, Osheaga... How come those places can pull it off and we can't?
easy / July 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Because Toronto.
jeff replying to a comment from jackson / July 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Same reason we cant have a decent food truck scene here. beaucracy and politics.
John Kimbel / July 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm
skeeter / July 9, 2014 at 03:37 pm
"Lollapalooza might return to Toronto next summer"

Has Lollapalooza EVER been in Toronto? It was at Molson Park in Barrie when it used to tour, but Toronto?
HoseA replying to a comment from skeeter / July 9, 2014 at 04:42 pm
Exhibition stadium in the early 90's
Pyrophorus replying to a comment from HoseA / July 9, 2014 at 06:45 pm
The original one in 1991 only.
ThinandGorgeous replying to a comment from Spike / July 9, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Food doesn't make you fat. It's lack of exercise and failure to control portions that does.
Frostbiteboy / July 9, 2014 at 11:52 pm
Noooooo!!!! Please Nooooo!!!!

Lollapalooza's six-month radius clause will shut down Toronto's music scene for half of 2015.
Andrew / July 10, 2014 at 12:33 am
Lollapallooza is a recognizable event mainly to the 35-40+ crowd as it was popular when we were in our 20's in the 90's. Its still associated with Grunge and 90s rock. I think we need ti create a new festival!
eternaloptimist / July 10, 2014 at 03:58 am
Sound like a traffic disaster. They would be crazy or stupid to do this next year. It would completely shut down the city with the panam games on. They've made it impossible to hold major events in our city of condos.
Audio Blood / July 10, 2014 at 05:58 pm
This would be great. Keeping our fingers crossed!
Rameesha / September 9, 2014 at 03:01 pm
Can we also get Eminem then?
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