By CARYN ROUSSEAU, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) _ Women are preparing to rock this year’s Lollapalooza music festival.
The more than two-decade-old festival opens Friday in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park with a strong female lineup, building on headlining appearances in recent years by Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine and Neko Case.
Lana Del Rey, Cat Power and Azealia Banks each close one of Lollapalooza’s eight stages over the three-day event this year. Women factor into more than 20 percent of acts scheduled to perform.
Sara Quin, of festival mainstays Tegan and Sara, says the Lollapalooza lineup reflects a growing diversity at festivals.
“Hopefully things will continue to diversify,” she said. “I always love seeing female headliners.”
Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction says the festival is lucky to have so many female acts on this year’s bill.
“It’s women who are making most of the adventurous music in…
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