Lollapalooza is expanding to the Middle East. The festival founder, Perry Farrell, has announced over the weekend that the annual event will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel on August 20-22, 2013. Should the plan go on track, it will mark the first large-scale global music festival to be held in the country.
Farrell confirmed that the Israel event would take place at Yarkon Park, which occupies several hundred acres along the Yarkon River. The country would be the third international stages for Lollapalooza after it expanded to Chile last year and Brazil earlier this year.
"It's like an oak seed. You look at it and go," Farrell explained of the plan, as quoted by CNN. " 'What's the potential of that thing?' Put in the ground and it starts to sprout it, and it keeps growing, and more and more branched gros out of it."
Farrell said further that the Israel festival was scheduled to be held for mid-week from Tuesday to Thursday to honor the Jewish Sabbath on Friday. "I don't think it would be great to do it on a Friday night. No one would go," he reasoned.
He later opened up that Lollapalooza could expand to more cities in Israel in addition to its capital. "We got a call from Jerusalem, the Holy City, and they want Lollapalooza to be there too," he said. "But it's going to start in Tel Aviv, and we're going to do something in Jerusalem."
"The mayor's like, 'We want to bring young people, we want to change the perception of Jerusalem.' So we're even talking with them about it," Farrell continued, while refusing to reveal next location on Lollapalooza's wish list. "I can't tell you, but make no mistake. I want to have a beautiful portfolio of Lollapaloozas to give to my children."
On Saturday, August 4, the Lollapalooza at Chicago's Grant Park was hit by a storm and had to be be evacuated for several hours. Despite the little trouble, the Day 2 of the festival went quite successful with such performances by Fun., Dev and Frank Ocean among others.
Fun. cheered the crowds with their rocking performance, while Dev dished on her new album during the event. Ocean, meanwhile, went a bit poignant as he introduced "Bad Religion", referring to his recent coming out. "I guess it's pretty important to me because of some of the things I said in the last month," he told the crowds. "Just kind of taking some freedom for myself, taking the fear away."
According to the Lollapalooza website, the festival organizers have successfully evacuated more than 60,000 fans, nearly 3,000 staff, as well as artists and vendors without incident on Saturday. The evacuation took place in 38 minutes from 3:30 P.M. and the gates were reopened again at 6 o'clock in the evening.
"We want to thank the tens of thousands of festival goers, staff, and artists who calmly and safely exited from Grant Park today," promoter Charlie Jones said in a statement. "We applaud and thank the City of Chicago for their cooperation and commitment to making Lolla a safe and enjoyable experience for all. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for one more day of rock."