Perry Farrell is set to launch his Lollapalooza festival in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park next summer.
The annual summer tour began in 1991, when Farrell’s ideas for a small farewell show (for his band Jane’s Addiction) turned into a multi-city “traveling” music festival.
He named the show “Lollapalooza” – an actual word meaning “something or someone very striking or exceptional.” Or just an absolutely ridiculous name that oddly enough has a meaning to it.
Anyway, the first show was in Phoenix, Arizona and the most recent show took place in Chicago, Illinois. The musical tour has stopped all over the nation in between, and has even gone abroad to Brazil and Chile.
Now Farrell has announced his plan to bring Lollapalooza to one of the world’s hottest party cities next summer, making it the first-ever large-scale international music festival in Israel.
Farrell explains his choice to bring his festival to Israel in the video below.
But he’s not stopping with Tel Aviv – he told CNN that he has plans to expand the festival to Jerusalem: “We got a call from Jerusalem, the Holy City, and they want Lollapalooza to be there, too. 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."
Want to know more? You can sign up for updates about the festival on the Lollapalooza website.
J-Connection: Perry Farrell is Jewish. He performed at a more Jewish version of Lollapalooza, PurimPalooza, in 2006 alongside Moshav, Chutzpah and Matisyahu.