Killers also set for touring event

Rock 'n' roll circus Lollapalooza has confirmed that British synth-pop icons Depeche Mode will play this year's event in Chicago.

Lollapalooza was dreamed up by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, and began life as a travelling salute to debauchery. However through the festival's anti-corporate ethics and alternative rock bills the event came to become a defining experience for Generation X.

Now firmly fixed in Chicago's Grant Park, the event is one of the most important music festivals in the United States. This year could well be the best yet with a number of star names set to play the event.

Depeche Mode began life as fey New Romantics before transforming themselves into synth-pop megastars. Still capable of packing stadiums across the United States the band turned down the opportunity to play Glastonbury earlier this year, claiming the bill wasn't appropriate.

Michael Eavis' loss is Chicago's gain, with the Basildon group set to be joined by a host of big names. Founders Jane's Addiction are scheduled to appear, alongside touring partner Nine Inch Nails who will be making their last Lollapalooza appearance before going on hiatus.

Arctic Monkeys could be set to finally break big in America with their Josh Homme produced third album, and the band will roadtest the new material at the Chicago event. Other headliners include the likes of Kings Of Leon, Beastie Boys and The Killers.

Scottish indie group Glasvegas aim to play the event, after their American festival shuddered to a halt at Coachella. The group's frontman James Allen struggled with dehydration in the extreme heat, forcing them to cancel.

Other acts confirmed for the bill so far include Lou Reed, TV On The Radio, Passion Pit, White Lies and much, much more.

Lollapalooza is set to take place between August 7th - 9th.

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