Five acts that will break out post-Lolla


FILE-The crowd endures the rain during Lollapalooza 2014. (Courtney Jacquin / The DePaulia)

Lolla’s not just about the headliners.

Aside from the big names that will be rocking Grant Park this summer, the iconic festival features a ton of lesser known artists that are often overlooked when lineup announcements come out.

While all are talented, only a select few will climb the ladder of success. Just look at The 1975 — the Manchester-based band opened the festival in 2014 but were almost headliners for the 25th anniversary.

This year’s lineup is no exception. There are many talented smaller acts, but which will eventually become household names? Here’s five of artists who will probably hold headlining slots in the near future.

1. The Wrecks

One of the bandmates might’ve gone viral for a Vine of his dog drumming, but The Wrecks have yet to be recognized for their talent. Their EP “Panic Vertigo” is what emo dreams are made of — with powerful tunes like “James Dean” and “Revolution” showcasing their skill. It’s not a matter of if this band is going to break out following their Lolla set, it’s just a matter of when.

2.Pale Waves

This British goth-pop group has some serious groovy tunes — which is what makes them unique. Their hardcore aesthetic is juxtaposed by their upbeat, power-pop anthems that have created a pretty solid fan base in the United Kingdom.  Following the success of their breakout singles “There’s A Honey” and “Television Romance,” the group released their first EP in February — All The Things I Never Said — and went on a headlining tour. With their debut album scheduled for release mid-2018, their set at Lolla will give them the exposure they need to finally break out in the United States.

3.Sir Sly

Sir Sly briefly blew up after “High” found its way into Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” — eventually holding a spot on Sirius XM’s countdown charts for 22 weeks. The versatility in their music — just listen to “&Run” and “Trippin” — shows just how talented they are. They’ve already rocked Coachella and have some other festivals in the works as a part of their summer tour, but their Lolla set will definitely be the performance that tops off all of their appearances. The indie and psychedelic rock vibes that fill their tunes make them an underappreciated standout act that’s a must-see — and an obvious choice for this class of breakout stars. Don’t be shocked if they end up headlining the festival in a few years.

4.Post Animal

Given their talent and connections to the city, it’s shocking that Post Animal didn’t secure a spot on the Lolla lineup sooner. After four years, Chicago’s very own psychedelic rock troupe will be making their debut at the festival — and it’ll definitely be worth the wait. With their debut album “When I Think Of You In A Castle” receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the band is quickly making a name for themselves outside the local scene. They have some serious early Black Sabbath vibes, so there’s no telling just how far they’ll go. One thing’s for sure — their set at Lolla is just the beginning.


This feel-good indie rock band has a ton of tunes just waiting to be enjoyed by the masses. The Los Angeles trio made their debut last July with “broken,” which has over 12 million streams on Spotify. Their debut EP “everything i could never say…” came out in September and features a tracklist that is pure gold — especially “coachella.” They have some smaller festivals booked throughout the summer, but Lolla will definitely be the set that gets them the attention they deserve. Oh, and Billboard named them one of the “Top 10 Rock and Alternative Acts to Watch in 2018.”