Tiny Fonts is a recurring feature in which our staff handpick the must-see smaller acts at all the major festivals.
Every year, Lollapalooza makes a major splash when it comes to big names, drawing repeat favorites and hot, new acts alike — and the 2017 edition is no different. Lorde and Chance the Rapper will provide plenty of youthful energy and passion while Muse, Arcade Fire, Blink-182, and The Killers act as the voices of Lolla past, returning favorites ready to stake out more of Grant Park. In fact, that list could go on quite a bit longer, with lineup retreads, no matter how massive, scattered throughout the lineup. The mid-card, meanwhile, injects plenty of fresh blood, especially when it comes to hip-hop, with movers and shakers like 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, and Russ being just a few of the high-profile names set for early evening.
But don’t be distracted by the who’s who of Lollapalooza history at the top of the bill, and don’t fall for the trap that all the new excitement is in the middle. There are plenty of gems worth digging out from the bottom of the poster. Spread out across four days, there’s plenty of time to track down these lesser-known up-and-comers as the crowds grow and grow. With the help of CoS, make sure to stake out the following 10 performers that may not yet be stars, but certainly have all the star power needed to shine.