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Glastonbury vs. Lollapalooza
Dean Samways , July 17th, 2008 14:48

Glastonbury vs. Lollapalooza

The Godfather of muddy summer shindigs Glastonbury could get a new competitor as reports out this morning claim Perry Farrell is considering bringing his Lollapalooza festival across the pond.

The former Jane's Addiction singer has said he’s been approached with offers to make the famous US music gathering international. Speaking to NME.COM he also revealed the three-day Chicago festival will have new elements to it when it when things kick off on August 1.

“Lollapalooza is one of the historically great festivals in this country. Over there [in England] they have Glastonbury - it's actually older than Lollapalooza. I love the competition. I love the idea that OK, you've got Glastonbury, let's see what we can do to make our Lollapalooza fantastic.”

Taking an entire festival overseas is no mean feat, and Farrell is under no illusions as to how demanding the mammoth task ahead of him will be.

“I'm in negotiations right now with a few other locations, some of them overseas, and we'll see how it goes. I look at Lollapalooza as an incredible party machine and you have to go where you can put on the best party."

On more immediate matters Farrell spoke of the latest addition to the Chicago Grant Park outing; a shaded “club area” where punters will be able to enjoy a bit of a dance, a drink and watch some live music.

“It'll have booze and seating and an authentic club sound and feel. It's a place where you can get out of the sun, grab a drink and get a taste of dance culture. And I'll be doing a live electro set there with my Satellite Party posse.”

The once travelling music carnival which has now found a permanent home in Chicago features an impressive line-up this year. Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, The Raconteurs and Gnarls Barkley are all set to make an appearance, with Farrell particularly looking forward to Kanye West’s set.

“This year Kanye West has had a bit of controversy going on with his live sets, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing him hit the stage and rock the city of Chicago.”

To see The Raconteurs perform ‘Level’ at last year’s Lollapalooza divert your gaze below: