Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell wants to move on from Lollapalooza: “I cringe at my own festival”

As the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary, Farrell shares his views

As Lollapalooza gets set to return for its 25th year next week (July 28-31) in Chicago, the festival’s co-founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell declares he wants to embark on a new “scene-making” venture.

“I hate EDM. I want to vomit it out of my nostrils,” Farrell told the Chicago Tribune in response to Lollapalooza’s increasingly electronic line-up. “I can’t stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic. I sometimes cringe at my own festival.”

Farrell went on to admit that the only way to change things, was to do it himself. “At my new project, there will be great house music. I hope I will keep EDM at the door. They will be turned away.”


Charlie Jones, one of the owners of C3 Presents, the company who help put on Lollapalooza, pointed out that the festival has had to move with the times. “If we had the same genres as in 2005 there wouldn’t be 400,000 people attending this year,” he said.

To escape EDM, “you’d have to do away with pop” said Farrell, before conceding that “if you want to do a festival you can’t do away with pop.”


As well as lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary, 2016 marks a quarter of a century since Jane’s Addiction’s 1990 breakthrough album ‘Ritual de lo Habitual’ was released.

The album is split into two parts, with a heavy first half that includes ten minutes of silence. The second half of the album – in memory of Perry Farrell’s friend Xiola Blue, who died of a heroin overdose in 1987 – has more diverse influences.

The band has been playing live dates in celebration, supported by Dinosaur Jr and Living Colour, and will play a final show at Lollapalooza next weekend.