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The Thing That Will Not Be: Lollapalooza Lineup Leak a Hoax

written by: on February 21, 2012

Music fans hoping for a Metallica/Beyonce duet at this year’s Lollapalooza festival will have to keep waiting. The person behind the @LollaLeaks Twitter account said the lineup leak that was announced last week was a fake.

The unidentified person came clean via tumblr on Monday, saying last week’s tweets–which Popstache reported on–were an experiment. The person said the @LollaLeaks Twitter account was created to see if one anonymous person could get people to believe a random Internet rumor.

According to the person, @LollaLeaks had 2,000 followers, and several reporters even tried to contact them via Twitter for more updates about the festival, which will be held August 3 – 5, 2012 in Grant Park. The anonymous person said they never imagined they would wind up feuding with Lollapalooza organizer Perry Farrell, who maintained all along the leak was a hoax.

The headlining bands announced by @LollaLeaks included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Beyonce and Sonic Youth. Acts for other stages were also leaked and included The Shins, M83 and Sleigh Bells.

A couple of tantalizing clues made the leaked lineup unlikely. Sonic Youth has a show scheduled for Aug. 6 in Copenhagen, Denmark, just a day after Lollapalooza, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to play May 28 at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Rosemont show would violate Lollapalooza’s radius clause, which prohibits bands appearing at Lollapalooza from playing within 300 miles of Chicago six months before or three months after the festival.