You’ve seen the lineup, now get the poster! This year’s Commemorative Lollapalooza poster was created by Concept Designer and Illustrator Tim Anderson.
“Chicago is famous for its classic architecture, and I wanted to reflect that in this year’s poster. Tim has a knack for working in nostalgic styles but in a modern way. He created a gorgeous design in a 1920s postwar style,” says Stacey Rodrigues, Event Merchandise Manager.
I wanted to capture the spirit of the festival and the host city of Chicago, so I literally placed the show in the city. I wanted to depict a moody night scene, its darkness pierced by the energy and light of the stage that has become the heart of Chicago.
Lolla: How did you come up with the visual concept for this year’s official Lollapalooza poster?
Tim Anderson: It was a pretty open-ended brief, with the only real stipulations being that the poster somehow depict both music and Chicago. I went through a round of sketches that– while interesting– got kind of unnecessarily complicated, and we kept coming back to the simple concept of the concert right in the heart of the city.
Who are you most excited about on the lineup?
TA: I think the band I’ve wanted to see the most for a while is The Avett Brothers. I’m also really looking forward to Broken Bells. There are several of my favorite bands playing there, so I’m probably most looking forward to the opportunity to see so many of them in one go.
What has been the most memorable piece of music artwork – album, concert, festival – that you’ve seen over the years?
TA: It’s certainly not a recent piece of art, but I think the album cover I’ve spent the most time poring over is The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record cover. I used to sit in a big armchair as a kid, with headphones on and my dad’s collection of Beatles records spread out on the floor, just listening to each one over and over again. I was so fascinated by all of the content on the cover (and the secret “clues” to Paul’s “death”), so seeing that image always stirs clear memories of the music on that album.
Where do you find inspiration for your artwork?
TA: I have an ever-growing collection of art books ranging from 19th Century painting to Saul Bass graphic design to the art of Disney Theme Parks. Good design is good design, regardless of its application or source, and I voraciously devour whatever I can that inspires me and makes me want to try harder to become a better artist.
The poster is available in three different options for every level of collector. Available now through the Lollapalooza web store and later, on-site at the LollaShop!
Offset-printed with four-color process ink on heavyweight, 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper. Includes complete band lineup. 18” x 24”
Silk-screened with three colors on heavyweight, 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper. Includes complete band lineup and is hand-numbered in an edition of 300. 18” x 24”
Silk-screened with three colors plus two glow-in-the-dark inks on super-heavyweight, 100% cotton rag paper, acid-free and archival quality. This version does not include the band lineup. Printed in an edition of 100, each hand-numbered and -signed by the artist and Perry Farrell. 24”x 36”
Tim Anderson is a Concept Designer and Illustrator who works primarily in the field of entertainment, including video games, theme parks, and film. He has participated in many gallery shows across the United States and enjoys reinterpreting popular stories and films in his personal artwork. Tim graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and he currently works for Electronic Arts in Salt Lake City. He is married and has three young sons.