Empty Bottle Guide to Lollapalooza

Hell ya! Lollapalooza is here and we are stoked about it. This year marks the 25th birthday of the iconic music festival, so get ready to see Lollapalooza cruising in its’ new legally rented car? Along with hosting some official after shows for these massively talented artists at Empty Bottle, many of the bands playing at the fest have graced Ye Olde Bottle stage over the years. Check it out…

Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball.The Empty Bottle is excited to welcome MODERN BASEBALL to our stage for the first time Friday, July 29th with Gambier, OH band SPORTS & DJ BETH KLAKO, and. Indie rock quartet MODERN BASEBALL hail from Philadelphia, PA and crank out their own brand of emo, pop-punk tunes–citing some late 90s early 00s as their influences such as SAY ANYTHING, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, and DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL. Self-recording their first album as college freshman, they have since garnered over 100,000 social media followers and millions of plays on popular streaming services. Their new album, Holy Ghost, was released on Run for Cover Records in May and captures a more refined version of their nostalgia-tinged punk sound. We JUST released more tickets to this show, so hurry on up! (If you miss out, limited tickets will be available with doors at 9 PM). MODERN BASEBALL plays Lollapalooza on Friday.



We are thrilled welcome back NY synth pop duo CHAIRLIFT on Saturday, July 30th for a Lollapalooza aftershow with New York artist ELA MINUS and DJ OSHWA. CHAIRLIFT have been on our radar since their 2008 breakout hit Bruises which catapulted the band into the ears of millions after being featured in an Apple commercial. Now signed to Columbia Records, they released their third album this past January entitled Moth. On July 22nd, the duo teased new music with the release of a single titled, Get Real. CHAIRLIFT is no stranger to The Empty Bottle stage, having played in both 2008 and 2012. We just opened up more tickets to this show – get ’em before they’re gone!  (If you miss out, limited tickets will be available with doors at 9 PM). Chairlift plays Lollapalooza on Saturday.

More Empty Bottle Veterans:

Long before their headlining days, FLOSSTRADAMUS was just two guys from Chicago with a passion for music. Now Josh Young (J2K) and Curt Cameruci (AUTOBOT) have played their electronic sets for millions of avid listeners, working with other high-profile acts such as DIPLO, JUICY J, THE COOL KIDS, and A-TRAK. Back when they were just starting out in 2006-2007, FLOSSTRADAMUS played the Empty Bottle stage a couple notable times, including a July ’07 show opening for CHROMEO. They headline on Thursday night of Lollapalooza.


San Diego rock band WAVVES, have spent numerous nights on the Empty Bottle stage from 2009 to 2013, including two different Lollapalooza after shows! The brainchild of frontman Nathan Williams, the band has morphed into a surf-pop/punk powerhouse, creating upbeat tunes for almost a decade. They play Lollapalooza on Thursday.  

Indie rock band MOTHERS has produced a lot of buzz in the past year. Originally a solo project singer/songwriter Kristine Leschper started in 2013, MOTHERS blossomed into a full-fledged four piece and landed a deal with label Grand Jury. They played a show at Empty Bottle just this past May and play Lollapalooza on Sunday.


LA trio AUTOLUX have made a name for themselves with their electronic-infused alternative rock. With three records under their belt and a deal with Columbia, these rockers are ones to keep an eye on. Their most recent album, Pussy’s Dead, was released this past April, the same month AUTOLUX played to a sold out Empty Bottle audience! You can catch them at Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Hailing from Scotland, indie rock band FRIGHTENED RABBIT has been exciting audiences since 2003. With their sixth effort Painting of a Panic Attack released by Atlantic Records this year, they have established themselves as a steadfast rock band. Back in 2007, FRIGHTENED RABBIT played a show at the Bottle before playing two sold out shows in 2009. They play a sold out show at our sister-venue Thalia Hall on Thursday and Lollapalooza on Friday


NOTHING has been pumping out heavy metal-infused indie rock since they formed in 2011. NOTHING was born out of former HORRORSHOW member Domenic Palermo’s desire for a fresh start after a brief jail stint. They played Empty Bottle in 2015 and you can see them at Lollapalooza on Saturday.

While all girl punk band POTTY MOUTH hasn’t released an album since 2013, their melancholy 90’s inspired tunes continue to give us all the feels. Back in 2013, in anticipation of their debut full-length, Hell Bent, POTTY MOUTH played the Bottle with HEAVEN and DISINHERITED. They play Lollapalooza on Saturday.

Potty Mouth's new album, Hell Bent, comes out Sept. 17.

Los Angeles indie band LOCAL NATIVES have been making dreamy rock songs since their formation in 2008. In 2013, the band played a free show at Empty Bottle sponsored by 93XRT and Bud Light. They play the Sunday of Lollapalooza.