The lineup for this year’s Lollapalooza fest has just been announced, and we’re looking at The Killers, Kanye West and Jane’s Addiction as headliners! Music fans, go buy your tickets and get your game face on, because this year is going to be looking super green with some charitable donations of epic proportions. Woo hoo, rock and roll!
Wait, what’s that now? Charity? Green living? And a music fest?
Okay, so as part of their 20th anniversary this year, Chicago-based Lollapalooza added a second festival at Parque O’Higgins in Santiago, Chile, and the lineup truly rocks with bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Deftones, Fatboy Slim, The Flaming Lips, The National, Empire of the Sun, Cat Power, Cypress Hill, 30 Seconds to Mars, 311, Sublime with Rome, and Ben Harper. But the great thing about this fest is that they are all about being one of the most environmentally friendly festivals in the world.
The festival is committed to keeping green by encouraging transportation that is eco-friendly, like offering a valet for your bike. They also promote a Rock & Recycle program that equated to 3k bags of recyclables last year, all while raising funds for needy causes.
Each year event organizers promote causes by allowing charities to set up rows of booths in an area called “Green Street” to inform people about green living and how to offset their carbon footprints. In addition, Lollapalooza has a tradition of donating about 10% of ticket sales to a particular organization. Last year it was the Chicago’s Parkways Foundation, which used the funds to improve green spaces throughout the city. No word on who the lucky recipient will be this year, but you can check “The Cause” page to get updates.
The concert is scheduled for the weekend of April 2-3, and although tickets aren’t on sale yet we know a portion of the proceeds will be going toward a worthy cause.
Anyone out there thinking of heading to Chile? The New York Times recently named it as one of their top 41 Places To Go in 2011, might be a good excuse!