Depeche Mode

The juggernaut that is Lollapalooza rolls back into Grant Park (Columbus and Jackson) from Friday till Sunday, bringing 121 bands on seven stages. This week’s List includes writeups on four festival artists—Depeche Mode, Bat for Lashes, the Low Anthem (who also play an aftershow at the Hideout on Saturday), and Zap Mama—and the schedule’s many other highlights include Of Montreal and Fleet Foxes on Friday, Animal Collective, Ida Maria, TV on the Radio, and Lykke Li on Saturday, and Band of Horses, Dan Deacon, Gang Gang Dance, and the one and only Lou Reed on Sunday. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing the Saturday headlining slot formerly filled by the Beastie Boys, who canceled to allow Adam Yauch, aka MCA, to receive treatment for cancer discovered in this throat. Lollapalooza’s DJ stage features hotshots like MSTRKRFT, Diplo, Kid Cudi, Hercules and Love Affair, Hollywood Holt, and Simian Mobile Disco playing live or spinning records. The family-friendly festival-within-a-festival Kidzapalooza, located just southeast of Buckingham Fountain, features music (Care Bears on Fire, Ralph’s World, Lunch Money) as well as workshops, arts activities, a “Kidz Photo Shoot” area, and a “Jam Tent” hosted by the Paul Green School of Rock where aspiring musicians can take lessons on real instruments. If watching your favorite bands while surrounded by thousands of other sweaty fans doesn’t help you feel the special connection you crave, you can see if your artists of choice are on the schedule at the autograph tent, in the northeast corner of the park just past Jackson. Lollapalooza also offers art installations, a PlayStation tent, and of course outrageously overpriced beer and food. Individual day passes are $80 and three-day passes are $205; children ten and under are free when accompanied by an adult. VIP passes cost a cool $850 and include, among other things, mini-spa treatments, lunch and dinner buffets, and access to air-conditioned restrooms (the “private luxury cabanas” are sold out). For more info, call 888-512-7469 or visit —Kevin Warwick