Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell ‘hates EDM’
Perry Farrell, the singer-songwriter and frontman of Jane’s Addiction and founder of Lollapalooza, has revealed that he “hates EDM” and that he “wants to vomit it out of my nostrils.”
Lollapalooza, which initially entered the festival circuit 25 years ago as a medium for Jane’s Addiction’s farewell tour in 1991, has since become a global staple. With its flagship festival taking place each year at Chicago’s Grant Park, Lollapalooza has expanded to countries including Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Germany. Colombia was also on the fest’s global radar, but the Bogota edition of Lollapalooza was canceled due to Rihanna’s decision to not perform at the inaugural event.
Revered as one of the top hybrid festivals throughout the country, Lollapalooza prides itself in its expansive lineups featuring anyone from Lana Del Rey to Disclosure to Third Eye Blind. In boasting yet another electronic-heavy roster, it might be shocking to some that Farrell detests EDM in the current parlance: “I can’t stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic — it took you on a journey. … I sometimes cringe at my own festival.”
But Farrell knows that in order to host a successful music festival, both pop and dance music must have a glaring presence at a festival like Lollapalooza. In response, he revealed that a new “project” focusing solely on house is in the works. EDM, he claims, will not be welcome.