LOLLAPALOOZA: YOU HAD TO BE THERE

August 9, 2013
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For a minute there it seemed like our beloved 3-day Lollapalooza weekend (August 2nd-4th) was off to a shady start. A recent Al-Qaeda threat that caused the U.S. embassies in the Middle East to close also resulted in an increase in security at Lolla. For those who don’t know, Lollapalooza is a lively party of a music festival in Grant Park, Chicago. It features popular music from alternative rock, country, hip-hop, indie pop, heavy metal, EDM, and punk rock bands. Luckily, Lolla was not the setting for any terrorist activity last weekend. (Undercover police did however make 10 drug-related arrests, and 46 more of the misdemeanor variety).

Still, the crowds partied-on and the artists delivered. Headliners included Lana Del Rey, Mumford and Sons, Vampire Weekend, Ellie Goulding, The Killers, and The Cure.

What started out in 1991 as a farewell tour for Perry Farrell’s band, Jane’s Addiction now brings in 300,000 people and hosts artists from various genres. Other performers from this year include Kendrick Lamar, The Postal Service, Tegan and Sara, and Angel Haze. Country music singer-songwriter Eric Church said it well about the eclectic festival: “It’s not about what genre of music you like,” he said. “It’s about the music you like.”

Azealia Banks and Death Grips cancelled their performances in the days leading up to the show, and were replaced by a surprisingly captivating HAIM who had one of our favorite you-had-to-be-there-moments. When a fan tossed her bra on stage during HAIM’s set, the artist thanked the underwear giver and congratulated her by saying “I feel you girl, just enough” about the B-cup.

Another fun fact: A man in a wheelchair crowdsurfed during 2 Chainz’ set. You don’t see that every day! This inspired the rapper to lead the crowd in chanting “V-I-P” in regards to the crowdsurfer. He seemed to want the fan to get exceptional treatment at the front of the crowd for his feat.

If you’re sad you missed out on all the fun, you can catch-up on some of the performance videos at Lollapalooza.com, but a better option would be to start planning for next year. This year’s damage was $95 for a 1-day pass or $235 for a 3-day pass. The festival’s site even gives you the option to make a custom schedule. Sounds like a plan!

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-Jenni

@TheJenniMoore

 

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