12 Kick-Ass Female-Fronted Acts We Can’t Wait to See at Lollapalooza 2017
Female artists including Adele, Selena Gomez, and Kesha may rule the radio waves, but when it comes to festivals, there are still some major gender discrepancies. Earlier this year, for instance, Lady Gaga made history when she became the first female performer in a decade to headline Coachella . Though we still have a long way to go when it comes to the fight for equality in the music industry, you’d never know it from looking at the lineup for this weekend’s four-day Lollapalooza fest, which is bursting with talented women. Click through to check out our top female-fronted acts!
The Pretty Reckless: Our obsession with Taylor Momsen began way back when she was hanging with the likes of Blake Lively and Leighton Meester as one of Gossip Girl’s own, but it was officially cemented when she burst onto the rock scene in 2010 as the badass frontwoman of The Pretty Reckless. Seven years and three albums later, she’s still going strong, showing off her pipes on radio hits including “Make Me Wanna Die,” “Miss Nothing,” and “Kill Me” (which was featured on the final episode of GG), as well as new faves such as “House on a Hill” and the band’s latest single, “Back to the River.” (Photo via Dave J. Hogan/Getty)
Lorde: Lorde needs no introduction, but as the fest’s biggest female headliner, she’s definitely earned her spot on our list. The 20-year-old has grown leaps and bounds since becoming a household name back in 2013 with the introduction of her debut album, Pure Heroine. Having returned to the top of the charts with her critically acclaimed second album, Melodrama, we can’t wait to see her take control of the stage as the seasoned vet she’s grown to be. (Photo via Ian Gavan/Getty)
Grace Mitchell: Like Lorde, Mitchell got her start at a young age — she was just 15 when she signed her first record deal. Now 19, she’s opened for everyone from The Weeknd to Tove Lo, and with catchy-as-hell songs like ”NOLO” and “Kids (Ain’’t Alright),” it’s easy to see why. Her image certainly doesn’t hurt, either — her flame-red locks aren’t easily forgotten, nor is the chic, runway-ready style she dons in videos such as ”Now” (that white pantsuit, though!). (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
Tove Lo: We don’t know about you, but we’re STILL trying to get Tove Lo’s 2015 radio smash “Talking Body” out of our heads. The songwriter has since dropped a whole new album that's chock-full of ear candy, including our summer anthem, ”Cool Girl,” and she has even more on the way, though we'll likely have to wait until after the rising star gets back from touring with Coldplay. NBD. (Photo via Tasos Katopodis/Getty)
Charli XCX: Charli XCX stole our hearts with “Boom Clap,” the anthem to The Fault in Our Stars, back in 2014, and she’s not slowing down anytime soon, thanks to her celeb-studded video for ”Boys.” Girl garnered nearly five million video hits in one day. (Photo via Noam Galai/Getty)
Tegan and Sara: Tegan and Sara have grown with us, providing the angst-ridden soundtrack to our college years with emotionally driven tunes such as “Nineteen” and “The Con,” and making us happy to be alive with feel-good jams like “Closer.” Our only gripe? They won’t have nearly enough time in their mere hour-long set to cover all our faves (though we’ve got an inkling our newest jam, ”Stop Desire,” will make the cut). (Photo via Mark Metcalfe/Getty)
Phantogram: Whether she’s brunette, like she was in her “When I’m Small” days, or blonde, like in 2016’s ”You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” video, Sarah Barthel, who makes up one half of electro-rock group Phantogram, has total command of any stage she graces. You’re likely to have heard any one of the group’s compositions at some point in time (they've been featured in too many shows and commercials to count), but our fave is “Mouthful of Diamonds.” (Photo via Rick Kern/Getty)
Alison Wonderland: Taking on the boys' club of DJs, Alison Wonderland has not only what is perhaps the best stage name on our list, but also the beats to back it up: Just ask hit-makers such as Diplo, who’s called her one of the best DJs in Australia. And that’s not all: Girl can SING, as is apparent from her latest release, ”Messiah,” and she has a pretty sweet style game to boot. Oh, and did we mention she’s also a classically trained cellist? (Photo via Ryan Pierse/Getty)
Slothrust: We didn’t think it was possible, but we have a whole new affinity for sloths after hearing Brooklyn-based band Slothrust. Backed by bass player Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin (who also happen to be her former college classmates), Leah Wellbaum shines as both lead vocalist and guitarist. With a mature, retro feel to her haunting-yet-sweet voice, Wellbaum transports you to an earlier era as you tap your feet to upbeat tracks such as ”Rotten Pumpkin,” (the video for which was inspired by Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time") or brood to slower ballads like ”Horseshoe Crab.” In short? She’s timeless. (Photo via Ebru Yildiz)
Skott: Skott’s first full-length album hasn’t even dropped yet, and already we’re hooked. The Swedish import, on tour with Phantogram, blew our minds with the stunning cinematic accompaniment to her hook-heavy single, ”Glitter & Gloss,” which saw her standing alone in a frozen arctic tundra, and headed underwater for her latest, ”Mermaid.” We can’t wait to see what type of visual antics she’ll bring to the stage live.
Little Dragon: Yukimi Nagano leads the Swedish band that is Little Dragon, and we can’t decide if we’re more obsessed with her trance-inducing voice on jazzy numbers like ”High,” or her out-of-this-world aesthetic. Björk herself would likely be impressed by the colorful getup she donned for FYF fest (see above). Can she top it for Lolla? Guess we'll have to wait and see. (Photo via Emma McIntyre/Getty)
Banks: If you don’t know Banks’ name yet, you will soon: With her sultry, sexy singles and no-holds barred ‘tude, girl is a force to be reckoned with. She’s selling out stadiums overseas and heating up the charts at home — her single, ”Crowded Places” is one you might recognize from HBO’s Girls. Having opened up for The Weeknd and drawing comparisons to late R&B crooner Aaliyah, if safe to say she’s going places, and we definitely want to find out where. (Photo via Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty)
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