Lollapalooza 2012 lineup: Black Sabbath, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Keys headline

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Coachella kicks off its first of two weekends in just a few days, which means that festival season has officially begun. And ever since Lollapalooza put away its touring circus format in favor of shacking up for one huge weekend in Chicago’s Grant Park, it has become the cornerstone of the summer concert calendar.

The past few Lollapalooza lineups have followed some sort of theme. Last year was the year that dance music got much bigger (deadmau5 was one of the main stage headliners), while 2010 was the year of pop (featuring Lady Gaga and a host of other nods to the bubbly mainstream). This year’s collection of bands doesn’t seem to have much of a tether, though it could be the loudest lineup in recent memory (or at least since that year that Metallica headlined). The sorta reunited Black Sabbath headline (drummer Bill Ward remains on the sidelines), along with the Black Keys, Jack White, At the Drive-In, Florence + the Machine, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Other highlights include the Shins, Justice, Passion Pit, Sigur Ros, Frank Ocean, Delta Spirit, and the reunited Afghan Whigs. The undercard also consists of about-to-break acts like Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark, Jr., the Growlers, the Jezabels, LP, Bear in Heaven, and Michael Kiwanuka. They’ve even got that ridiculous band that won that Rolling Stone contest, the band with the number one song in the country, at least one former American Idol contestant, and Franz Ferdinand (who are still a band, it turns out).

Since Lollapalooza Perry Farrell is gaga for hot beats, there’s also a pretty awesome round-up of people from the dance world booked on his personal stage, including Calvin Harris and Santigold. Check out the complete list of performers below.

Lollapalooza 2012
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Black Keys
Black Sabbath
Jack White
Florence + The Machine
At The Drive-In
Avicii
The Shins
Justice
Passion Pit
Sigur Ros
The Weeknd
M83
Miike Snow
The Afghan Whigs
Bloc Party
Franz Ferdinand
Frank Ocean
J. Cole
Gary Clark Jr.
Mona
Alabama Shakes
The Growlers
The Gaslight Anthem
Hey Rosetta!
Amadou & Mariam
JEFF the Brotherhood
Band of Skulls
Anamanaguchi
SBTRKT
First Aid Kit
Tame Impala
Wax
The Walkmen
FIDLAR
JJ Grey & Mofro
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
FUN.
Milo Greene
Neon Indian
Los Jaivas
Dum Dum Girls
Kopecky Family Band
Washed Out
The Jezabels
Aloe Blacc
LP
Trampled By Turtles
Yuna
Bear in Heaven
Walk Off The Earth
Blind Pilot
Animal Kingdom
Chairlift
Dev
The Black Angels
The Sheepdogs
Childish Gambino
Yellow Ostrich
The Dunwells
Delta Spirit
GIVERS
DJ Mel
Metric
Polica
Empires
The Temper Trap
Bombay Bicycle Club
Kevin Devine
Wale
Sharon Van Etten
Dry The River
Die Antwoord
White Rabbits
Helena
Dawes
Doomtree
Haley Reinhart
tUnE-yArDs
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Imaginary Cities
The Head & The Heart
The Devil Makes Three
Overdoz
The Big Pink
Oberhofer
Ambassadors
Twin Shadow
The War on Drugs
DJ Zebo
The Tallest Man on Earth
Michael Kiwanuka
Chancellor Warhol
Toro Y Moi
O Rappa
Laura Warshauer
Dr. Dog
Bowerbirds
Red Oblivion
Of Monsters and Men
Orchard Lounge

Perry’s Stage
Bassnectar
Skream & Benga
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Kaskade
Little Dragon
Star Slinger
Calvin Harris
Porter Robinson
Nadastrom
NERO
Sub Focus
DJ Nihal
Santigold
Madeon
The White Panda
Knife Party
Zedd
SALVA
Zeds Dead
Paper Diamond
Kid Color

If you go to only one music festival this summer, it should probably be Lollapalooza, which will take up residence in Chicago August 3-5. That’s a great, eclectic lineup, and the fest is always extremely well run and in one of America’s best cities (as opposed to the middle of nowhere).

Who is your favorite member of that lineup? Let us know in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
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