I had the wonderful opportunity to attend my third Lollapalooza this year. Going in I wasn’t sure what to expect from this year’s festival since it almost didn’t sell out, which would’ve been a first in Lolla’s history. Some that might have had to do with expanding the diversity the closing headliners from rock legends in the past to artists like
At the end the night, I took one final picture the fountain in the center Grant Park and went to see Flume at the Bud Light stage to end the night. Flume brought out Reo Cragun for a couple their collaborations, including “Friends”. There was also an appearance by Vera Blue for an unreleased ID that had an overwhelming reaction from the crowd. Besides a bit where Flume transformed into a sort digital android on the screen, there wasn’t much for over-the-top production. He did, however, spelled out “Chicago” with a power grinder and took a sledgehammer to one his monitors during “Wall F*ck”. The set ended with “You & Me” as Flume, Reo Cragun and Vera Blue took a few minutes to run up and down the crowd and thank the fans for coming.
Overall, this year’s Lollapalooza had its fair share ups and downs. None the acts I caught over the four days attending were flops. When you weren’t catching live music, there were plenty popup booths to check out. The food and drinks were enjoyable. Lollapalooza staff was friendly and its facilities were all well put together. Unfortunately, the takeover the younger attendees was a noticeable con this year. After hearing multiple reports fence hoppers, getting my Toyota Lollapalooza bandanna stolen (which was later replaced thanks to the wonderful Toyota staff), and seeing people getting wheeled out the festival, you start to think that Lollapalooza is just an excuse to get out the parents’ house for a weekend party and not to enjoy a music festival for well, the music. In the end, however, it’s hard not to enjoy Lollapalooza as you experience artists new and old all genres with the beautiful skyline Chicago watching over you.
Banner photo by Roger Ho/Lollapalooza 2019