Pat Mahoney, Gavin Russom, and Tyler Pope (LCD Soundsystem) join Lollapalooza Sideshow Thursday at Berlin

Tue. July 26, 2016 11:01 AM by Anthony Morgano

Chicago, IL - Step right up, step right up -- you won't believe your eyes. The 7th annual Lollapalooza Sideshow returns to Berlin this Thursday with a night of strange, wonderful and debaucherous delights, including DJ sets from three -- count 'em, THREE -- members of LCD Soundsystem, recently reunited and one of this year's Lolla Headliners.

The sideshow, featuring astounding spectacles and outrageous acts ranging from fire-twirlers and acrobats to sword swallowers and bearded ladies, pays homage to Lolla fests of yore and the side stage freak shows that accompanied them.

"The early 90's Lollapalooza concerts had side stages that hosted the Jim Rose Circus," Scott Cramer, the event's organizer and owner of Berlin's Thursday night Stardust party, told "I distinctly remember seeing Jim himself attach cinder blocks to his nipple piercings, along with many other crazy amazing acts. I went with my sister Venus Cramer to Lolla, saw the circus, and I was intrigued -- it was also my first live music experience, ever!"

"The memory and the experience have stuck with me over the years," he continued, "And in a way this event pays homage to not only to Lolla, but also to my sister for opening my eyes to the music industry and the insane world of Jim Rose."

The underground performance party has been a favorite for partygoers and media alike since its inception, with past acts including Passion Pit, Crystal Castles, Chvurches, Wild Belle and Lady Starlight, Lady Gaga's original DJ and music partner.

The Sideshow grows each year, and 2016 is shaping up to be legendary with Pat Mahoney, Gavin Russom and Tyler Pope of the recently reunited LCD Soundsystem each spinning a set -- "a rare, must see opportunity," Cramer says. They'll be joined in bringing the beats by DJs Acid Daddy and Heaven Malone.

Cramer takes on the role of ringleader along with Jenae Wrk Williams, presiding over the evening and the array of freaky and wonderful performers ready to dazzle and entertain. The night includes exhibitions by Chicago-based side show and burlesque performer Sally Marvel (one of only 26 recognized female sword swallowers in the world); acrobat, juggler and tumbler Mr. Spring; JoJo Baby as the Dog Faced Boy; the Half Woman Half Man (half Debbie Fox/half Loren Agron) and Chicago favorite Lucy Stoole as The Bearded Lady, to name just a few.

"There's really no way to truly describe the event -- it's this chaotic, beautiful energy," Cramer said. "Every year and every act is mind bending and memorable...The sideshow is not your typical party or concert, it's an experience and a wild ride."

All this and much, much more is yours for the taking, ladies and gents -- so come one, come all and get ready to dance, be awed and embrace your inner freak!

Tickets are only $12 and can be purchased online: For more information and a full list of performers, check out their Facebook event.