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Lollapalooza (Maybe) Coming To Guadalajara, Mexico In 2017

Picture of Lauren Cocking
Northern England Writer
Updated: 9 November 2016
Rumours had been swirling for a while but it seems that the news Mexican music fans have been waiting for has finally been confirmed – the legendary Chicago festival Lollapalooza will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2017! Or, that’s what some news reports are claiming at least, with others maintaining that this remains a mere rumour. Here’s all we know so far.

Lollapalooza is a globally recognised music festival, known for showcasing artists leading the creative charge in their respective musical genres; hip hop, EDM and alt rock have long been the principal genres featured at this annual Chicago based weekend-long extravaganza. While it is clearly a successful festival franchise, it has often been on the receiving end of criticism about its commercialization of typically underground musical styles.

Lollapalooza, Chicago | © Fuzzy Gerdes/Flickr
Lollapalooza, Chicago | © Fuzzy Gerdes/Flickr

Were Lollapalooza to come to Mexico, it wouldn’t be the first time it had branched out of the US and into foreign territory. In 2011 it made its first appearance in Chile, and the following year there was also the launch of a Brazilian arm of the festival brand. 2014 saw the Argentine version launched and the first non-Americas Lollapalooza festival was in Berlin just last year. Paris is to be the next European destination of this global music event in 2017. Will Guadalajara be joining it? Some outlets claim so, whereas others maintain an air of scepticism.

Café Tacuba performing at Lollapalooza, Chile | © Cancha General/Flickr
Café Tacuba performing at Lollapalooza, Chile | © Cancha General/Flickr

Sopitas.com is one of the principal doubters of the news, given that the arrival of the popular festival was all but ‘confirmed’ for Mexico in 2014 and Monterrey in 2015 too. They assert that official confirmation has yet to be broadcast from the Lollapalooza powers that be and reminded their readers that plans for Lollapalooza Colombia (which already had a confirmed line-up) fell through just last year. However, other news sources cite that October 2017 will definitely see the arrival of Lollapalooza in Guadalajara. Either way, all sources seem to be in agreement that fixed details won’t be seen until early next year.

Lollapalooza, Chicago | © Tammy Lo/Flickr
Lollapalooza, Chicago | © Tammy Lo/Flickr

Whatever the case may be, the organisers of the event have long had Mexico as a potential destination, and, during the Festival Coordenada that was held in Mexico’s second biggest city just recently, allegedly took the time to size up the public reaction and assess whether Guadalajara would make a viable destination. Let’s hope the rumours are, this time, to be believed.