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Lollapalooza 2012 lineup: Black Sabbath, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Keys headline

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Coachella kicks off its first of two weekends in just a few days, which means that festival season has officially begun. And ever since Lollapalooza put away its touring circus format in favor of shacking up for one huge weekend in Chicago’s Grant Park, it has become the cornerstone of the summer concert calendar.

The past few Lollapalooza lineups have followed some sort of theme. Last year was the year that dance music got much bigger (deadmau5 was one of the main stage headliners), while 2010 was the year of pop (featuring Lady Gaga and a host of other nods to the bubbly mainstream). This year’s collection of bands doesn’t seem to have much of a tether, though it could be the loudest lineup in recent memory (or at least since that year that Metallica headlined). The sorta reunited Black Sabbath headline (drummer Bill Ward remains on the sidelines), along with the Black Keys, Jack White, At the Drive-In, Florence + the Machine, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Other highlights include the Shins, Justice, Passion Pit, Sigur Ros, Frank Ocean, Delta Spirit, and the reunited Afghan Whigs. The undercard also consists of about-to-break acts like Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark, Jr., the Growlers, the Jezabels, LP, Bear in Heaven, and Michael Kiwanuka. They’ve even got that ridiculous band that won that Rolling Stone contest, the band with the number one song in the country, at least one former American Idol contestant, and Franz Ferdinand (who are still a band, it turns out).

Since Lollapalooza Perry Farrell is gaga for hot beats, there’s also a pretty awesome round-up of people from the dance world booked on his personal stage, including Calvin Harris and Santigold. Check out the complete list of performers below.

Lollapalooza 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Black Keys

Black Sabbath

Jack White

Florence + The Machine

At The Drive-In

Avicii

The Shins

Justice

Passion Pit

Sigur Ros

The Weeknd

M83

Miike Snow

The Afghan Whigs

Bloc Party

Franz Ferdinand

Frank Ocean

J. Cole

Gary Clark Jr.

Mona

Alabama Shakes

The Growlers

The Gaslight Anthem

Hey Rosetta!

Amadou & Mariam

JEFF the Brotherhood

Band of Skulls

Anamanaguchi

SBTRKT

First Aid Kit

Tame Impala

Wax

The Walkmen

FIDLAR

JJ Grey & Mofro

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

FUN.

Milo Greene

Neon Indian

Los Jaivas

Dum Dum Girls

Kopecky Family Band

Washed Out

The Jezabels

Aloe Blacc

LP

Trampled By Turtles

Yuna

Bear in Heaven

Walk Off The Earth

Blind Pilot

Animal Kingdom

Chairlift

Dev

The Black Angels

The Sheepdogs

Childish Gambino

Yellow Ostrich

The Dunwells

Delta Spirit

GIVERS

DJ Mel

Metric

Polica

Empires

The Temper Trap

Bombay Bicycle Club

Kevin Devine

Wale

Sharon Van Etten

Dry The River

Die Antwoord

White Rabbits

Helena

Dawes

Doomtree

Haley Reinhart

tUnE-yArDs

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Imaginary Cities

The Head & The Heart

The Devil Makes Three

Overdoz

The Big Pink

Oberhofer

Ambassadors

Twin Shadow

The War on Drugs

DJ Zebo

The Tallest Man on Earth

Michael Kiwanuka

Chancellor Warhol

Toro Y Moi

O Rappa

Laura Warshauer

Dr. Dog

Bowerbirds

Red Oblivion

Of Monsters and Men

Orchard Lounge

Perry’s Stage

Bassnectar

Skream & Benga

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Kaskade

Little Dragon

Star Slinger

Calvin Harris

Porter Robinson

Nadastrom

NERO

Sub Focus

DJ Nihal

Santigold

Madeon

The White Panda

Knife Party

Zedd

SALVA

Zeds Dead

Paper Diamond

Kid Color

If you go to only one music festival this summer, it should probably be Lollapalooza, which will take up residence in Chicago August 3-5. That’s a great, eclectic lineup, and the fest is always extremely well run and in one of America’s best cities (as opposed to the middle of nowhere).

Who is your favorite member of that lineup? Let us know in the comments.

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