Janes Addiction singer Perry Farrell started the festival is 1991 as a farewell tour for the band, however after failing to find a headliner for the event in 1998 organisers called a hiatus. Re-instated in 2003 the festival is now based in Grant Park, Chicago.
Lollapalooza means remarkable or wonderful person or thing and the roots of the festival attempt to encapsulate the youth culture of the 1990s as Woodstock did in the 1960s.
The two-day event selects a wide variety of acts spanning rock, hip hop, punk and dance and it also has comedians performing over the weekend. The childrens area has a hip hop workshop, rock n roll petting zoo and a dance floor.