FESTIVAL OVERTURES

Perry Farrell decides to get things together again...

LOLLAPALOOZA, the travelling US alternative music revue, is set to return in 2002.

Original organiser Perry Farrell is getting back together with fellow founders the William Morris Agency and his former manager Ted Gardner to restart the event.

According to the LA Times (November 26), no acts have been confirmed for next summer’s event, though Staind, Incubus, and the new band featuring Chris Cornell and three-quarters of Rage Against the Machine are in the frame.

“We’re seeing bands that are meaning something to kids without great support from radio,” Peter Grosslight, senior vice president of the William Morris Agency said. “There is a sort of new alternative scene, so to speak… We went through a period where people [in the music business] cared about nothing but money, but now that some things have changed, people will be a lot more concerned about ticket pricing and doing business right,” he added.

Lollapalooza began in 1991 with a bill that included Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails and Butthole Surfers. It was mothballed in 1997 because of rising costs and organisational difficulty. The festival is recognised as having inspired a series of similar events in the US, including Ozzfest and the Warped Tour.