The Chicago skyline lit up the night while thousands of music fans and festival goers danced to their favorite tunes at the 10th annual Lollapalooza. The epic three-day festival featured some of the worlds most popular and talented artists including Eminem, Kings of Leon, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, and Lorde. The sold-out festival attracted over 270,000 concertgoers to Grant Park in the heart of Chicago, located steps from Lake Michigan.
The atmosphere and energy was a lot to take in after an enduring 13-hour drive from New York but totally worth it. The feeling of stepping through the entry gates was an uplifting and energizing sensation. Greetings from sunshine and smiling faces invited me to explore the tremendous park grounds that included eight stages, food, beverage, specialty item vendors, and sponsors. Although big name artists such as Eminem and Outkast packed out the Bud Light and Samsung Main Stages, artist such as Flume, Blood Orange and Smallpools rocked the smaller stages. Lollapalooza represented music from all sorts of genres including rock, hip-hop, electronic, and alternative, attracting people with a variety of backgrounds and interests. The enormous festival grounds, surrounded by the Chicago skyscrapers was an endless playground for any outgoing music lover.
Eminem and Zedd closed out Friday night with a bang. Well known rapper Eminem performed songs from his 2014 Monster tour featuring a surprise appearance by Rihanna during his performance. Zedd is an electronic producer and DJ from Kaiserslautern, Germany. Zedd’s music has gained enormous popularity in the past few years as a critically acclaimed electronic dance music producer. His creative and developmental style of music is revolutionizing the live performance experience.
Calvin Harris and Outkast were two of the last to perform on Saturday. Calvin Harris is recognizably one of the best-known electronic producers. His 2012 album, 18-Months, has been the pinnacle of his success, projecting him to the top of the electronic music scene. His upbeat and lively performance, filled with psychedelic lights, flames, and smoke, was a banger as usual. I was able to catch the last hour of Outkast’s performance. The hip-hop duo’s timeless music left fans singing along to their hooks and rapping their favorite lines. Their interactive performance seemed like one giant sing-a-long and attracted probably the most viewers of the weekend.
Sunday was madness. Not only did Sunday have some of the best performances but the weather made for an interesting day. After raining in the morning, the sun came out for a few hours, and then down pour rain again in the late afternoon, making for a messy, muddy and care-free crowd of people enjoying the final day of music. Attendees danced in the rain and slid in soaked patches of mud in front of the stages. Some impressive performances by GTA, Cage the Elephant, Flume, Kings of Leon, and Skrillex made for what in my opinion was the best day. Skrillex is one of the most innovative electronic DJ’s today. His sound is completely his own. While others are afraid to go outside of their genre, Skrillex plays anything and everything. You never know what you’re going to hear at his sets. His set finished Lollapalooza with a bang. In my opinion, it was the best performance of the weekend.
Lollapalooza is a unique music festival, situated in the heart of one of the most spectacular cities in America. The three-day event was very well organized and accommodating to attendees. Lines for food, drinks, restrooms, and entrances were never an issue. I would recommend Lollapalooza to anyone who loves great music!
Photos and Story by Kevin Sperandeo