7 Low-Key Artists You Should Check out at Lollapalooza

You're paying almost $200 for one day tickets so don't just see the headliners, branch out and check out a variety of artists playing the 4-day festival.

March 21, 2018
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Lollapalooza dropped its 4-day lineup and with such a stellar lineup, tickets are going to sell-out quickly.

We know you're going to see headliners like The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Bebe Rexha and Zedd etc., but if you need recommendations on other really great artists to check out, we've got you covered Chicago music lovers!

Who knows, you might stumble upon someone unexpectedly incredible.

Here are some artists we recommend working into your schedule!

 

1. Khalid

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You may have heard of Khalid actually since he's made a splash on the scene with his relatable tune "Young, Dumb and Broke." Well, relatable to me. The American teen, performer and songwriter also worked with Logic on his suicide prevention anthem, "1-800-273-8255," and scored the "Best New Artist" award during the 2017 MTV VMAs. Not to mention he performed an impeccable medley with Imagine Dragons during the AMAs. 

Song Recommendation: "Location" and "Love Lies" with Normani, previously of Fifth Harmony. 

 

2. Billie Eilish 

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Billie is pop's most impressive 15-year-old. Yes, she's only 15. And she's challenging the genre by not making music simply to appeal to top 40, hence her single "Bellyache" from the point of a conflicted serial killer. Don't be fooled by her angelic pipes either, her darkly lit pop reveals just how mature her songwriting really is and leaves traces of nostalgia. Guaranteed you've probably heard some of her songs in the background of your favorite TV show. 

Song Recommendation: "Ocean Eyes"

 

3. Frenship

thanks for all the LOVE yesterday.

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Frenship is an American electropop duo that blends island-pop with transcendent vocals and ethereal beats. Their songs make you wish like you were vacationing somewhere in Europe, and that's really the kind of vibe I want my music to evoke. Their claim to fame is the 2016 hit "Capsize," which we never tire of listening to.

Song Recommendations: "Love Somebody"

 

 

4. Lauv

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A year after releasing his breakup track, "The Other," the dance artist has garnered 120 million streams and counting in addition to scoring fans all over the world. The release of his new vibey single, "I Like Me Better," put him on the mainstream map but you've probably heard his voice on several collaborative tracks with the likes of DJ Snake and R3HAB. In addition to touring with Ed Sheeran, he's already headlined his own tour. 

Song Recommendations: "A Different Way" ft. DJ Snake 

 

5. Playboi Carti

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Collaborations with A$AP Rocky (he's signed to his label AWGE) and Lil Uzi Vert, along with a cameo on Lana Del Rey’s Summer Bummer, have boosted Playboi Carti's profile, but he's still relatively unknown. And that's exactly why you check him out at Lolla! He's a born performer with impeccable stage presence and energy! 

Song Recommendations: "Magnolia" 

 

 

6. Alan Walker

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When I was in Europe, I heard this melancholic and addictive song being played on the radio titled "Faded." The hit earned the Norwegian record producer and DJ platinum certifications in over 10 different countries. And it's well deserved! Fast-forward to today and Alan Walker is bringing his music to one of the biggest music festivals in the world. 

Song Recommendation: "All Falls Down" ft. Noah Cyrus with Digital Farm Animals 

 

7. Madison Beer

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Madison Beer may have Justin Bieber to thank for her start — she gained media attention after the pop star tweeted a link to one of her videos—but that's not why she's sticking around. Her voice is soulfully addictive and brings the kind of power reminiscent of vocal maven Christina Aguilera. After a couple of those high notes and grisly lows, you won't be able to get her off your mind. 

Song Recommendation: "Dead"

 

BONUS: Illenium

First Awake Live set at a festival was INSANE @thebukuproject -------- I can’t wait to bring this show to more of you -- --: @alivecoverage

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Captivating remixes and haunting originals? It'll leave you in a haze and it's helped him rise through the EDM ranks and built him a solid, devoted following. Keep him on your radar, that's my advice.