The official Lollapalooza lineup will drop soon, but there may not be any surprises left come the April announcement.
(4/1/13 UPDATE: See bands confirmed for Lollapalooza 2013 below.)
— Festival Snob (@FestivalSnob) March 28, 2013
On Thursday afternoon, Andrew Barber of Chicago's influential Fake Shore Drive site confirmed the lineup's legitimacy:
The Lolla list is the real deal. Confirmed.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) March 28, 2013
Adding weight to the confirmations: the festival bumped up its lineup announcement by more than a week, releasing the names Monday, April 1 rather than the originally announced date of April 9.
The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot (and Sound Opinions co-host) on Thursday confirmed that Nine Inch Nails and The Cure will both be playing he Aug. 2-4 festival in Grant Park. Kot had previously confirmed several of the festival's headliners, revealing that Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and the Killers would be among the fest's headliners.
The lineup is heavy on throwback acts, also including New Order, among the newer confirmed headliners.
If the latest lineup photo is to be believed, the original "Lolla Leaker" had some acts wrong in the initial round of lineup secrets. Predictions like the Cure and Mumford & Sons have been confirmed, while other acts like The Flaming Lips, MGMT and Skrillex haven't been mentioned since.
Earlier this week, the competing Pitchfork Music Festival released its official lineup, headlined by R. Kelly, Bjork and Scottish rockers Belle and Sebastian, to high praise.
As HuffPost predicted earlier, Pitchfork's strong bookings forecasted a weak pool of undercard performers at Lolla and disappointing lack of female artists.
All three-day passes for the festival have sold out as of Tuesday, including passes from a "secret sale" of deeply-discounted souvenir passes and slightly discounted Early Bird Passes.
Remaining $95 single-day passes will go on sale April 3 after the official lineup announcement.