Lollapalooza is spreading its wings even further next year, with organisers announcing an Israel leg of the festival for 2013.
Consequence of Sound reports that, after expanding to Chile in 2011 and Brazil this year, the inaugural Israel edition of Lollapalooza will be held in Tel Aviv on August 20-22, 2013.
The festival will be staged in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park and will feature 50 artists across three days of entertainment.
In a statement, Marc Geiger of WME Entertainment (one of Lollapalooza’s partners) described Israel as “an incredibly sophisticated music market”.
“Consumers have a voracious appetite for entertainment, yet there has never been a major music festival. To me, this combination screams Lollapalooza.”
To accommodate for Orthodox Jews who abstain from using technology or listening to music on Fridays, the festival will be held from Tuesday to Thursday.
Festival founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell said in an interview with CNN that Tel Aviv may not be the only Israeli city to play host to a Lollapalooza festival.
“We got a call from Jerusalem, the Holy City, and they want Lollapalooza to be there, too,” he said.
“But it’s going to start in Tel Aviv, and we’re going to do something in Jerusalem. The mayor’s like, ‘We want to bring young people, we want to change the perception of Jerusalem’. So we’re even talking with them about it.”
Farrell added that Lollapalooza will be expanding to many different countries across the globe in the coming years.
“Make no mistake. I want to have a beautiful portfolio of Lollapaloozas to give to my children.”
This year’s Lollapalooza USA is currently happening at Grant Park, Chicago. The festival was shut down for a couple of hours overnight after a massive storm – but resumed in time for headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform their set.
The Lollapalooza 2013 schedule is:
Sao Paulo, Brazil – March 29-31
Santiago, Chile – April 6-7
Chicago, USA – August 2-4
Tel Aviv, Israel – August 20-22
Watch Perry Farrell talk about Lollapalooza’s expansion into Israel in 2013: