If you’re one of the thousands descending upon Grant Park this weekend for the 2015 installment of Lollapalooza, we encourage you to stay hydrated, don’t forget your sunscreen, and…oh yeah, enjoy some Nordic tunes while you’re there.
Perry Farrell’s game is strong this year, with a host of acts from Scandinavia and Iceland peppered in among the rest of the indie, roots rock, and electronic fare. So, if you’re still planning your schedule for this long weekend of sun soaked music, let us point you towards the Nordic artists joining the Lollapalooza fun.
Tove Lo (Sweden) – 3 pm on Sprint Stage
Two of pop’s reigning queens, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, have been singing the praises of this Stockholm-based singer/songwriter. Tove Lo is still riding the crest of the wave that followed the release of her 2014 full-length Queen of the Clouds, a record that netted her two Grammy’s for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Habits (Stay High).
First Aid Kit (Sweden) – 6:30 pm on Pepsi Stage
Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have had quite a year so far. In January, they were featured on a Swedish postage stamp, and a month later they picked up an Album of the Year Grammi for their amazing Stay Gold. And they helped serenade David Letterman as he made his slow ride off into the sunset this past spring with a jaw-dropping version of Simon & Garfunkel’s America. This might be your only chance to catch First Aid Kit this year in the U.S. as the group is only doing a few festivals this summer and has no other touring plans for the rest of 2015.
Alesso (Sweden) – 8:30 pm on Perry’s Stage
Alessandro Lindblad has the distinct pleasure of playing the closing set on the EDM-centric Perry’s Stage and for good reason. His debut album Forever jumped into the Top 40 here in the U.S. on the strength of glittering singles like Cool and Sweet Escape, thanks to his much-talked about sets at festivals like Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival. Let’s just hope Tove Lo sticks around Chicago long enough to perform her inspiring vocal turn on Heroes (We Can Be) live.
The Wombats (Norway) – 12 pm on Sprint Stage
Okay, technically this indie rock trio was formed in Liverpool, but we’re adopting them thanks to them having among their membership Norwegian born Tord Øverland Knudsen. And besides the group’s 2015 album Glitterbug is exactly the kind of stomping, synth-smeared pop that makes for a perfect end of summer soundtrack.
Galantis (Sweden) – 5:10 pm on Perry’s Stage (Updated start time)
If you’re unfamiliar with Galantis, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard their music before. Producers Linus Eklöw and Christian Karlsson have helped artists like Icona Pop, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, and Britney Spears reach the heights of pop success. And together, they brought the ridiculously catchy worldwide smash Runaway (U & I) into being late last year. Limber up for this set, you’re going to dance your ass off when these two hit the stage.
Of Monsters & Men (Iceland) – 7:15 pm on Samsung Galaxy Stage (Updated start time)
This Icelandic group’s two Chicago shows (one at the House of Blues on August 1st, and the other at Lollapalooza) are helping kick off what is sure to be a triumphal tour of the U.S. and Europe in support of their amazing 2015 release Beneath The Skin. The record has been a huge success for the band, landing in the Top 10 here in the U.S., going Gold in Canada, and generally knocking the socks off of anyone who listens to it.
Kygo (Norway) – 9:45 pm on Pepsi Stage (Updated start time)
If you’re not one of the lucky people who was able to hit the Uber-sponsored secret show by this Norwegian DJ/producer on Thursday, squeeze your body into the masses around the Pepsi Stage on Sunday night to catch his headlining set. One of the biggest EDM stars in his home country, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll has been getting some well-deserved stamps of approval by artists like Coldplay, Of Monsters & Men, and The Weeknd, all of whom asked him to remix one of their tunes. Kygo’s original work is even better than those contract jobs, perfectly melding some icy pop sensibilities with the sparkle and drive of house and techno.