A look into one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer
Commonly regarded as one of the largest and most popular music festivals in the United States, Lollapalooza has proven themselves once again this year by bringing in some of the hottest names to the city of Chicago for an unforgettable four-day extravaganza. With headliners such as Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Jack White, The Weeknd and more, attendees were wowed with an abundance of options that stretched across all corners of Grant Park on August 1 through 4.
From a personal standpoint, the most noteworthy performances were given by rather unsuspecting names. For those looking to update their Spotify libraries, acts such as Superorganism, Mobley, Clario, and Sir Sly might be worth looking up.
On the festival’s opening day, former girl band member Camila Cabello dazzled loving fans through her many hit singles inspired by her Cuban roots. The crowd’s view was obstructed by iPhones being stretched into the air during the much-anticipated song “Havana,” with attendees scrambling to catch the iconic chorus on Snapchat. Nearing the end of the night, “Location” singer Khalid danced and smiled his way through his playful 14-song set, bringing Fifth Harmony member Normani onstage to perform “Love Lies” for the closing tune.
On Friday, Los Angeles trio Sir Sly pulled an impressive crowd for their early afternoon set, belting out tunes from their 2017 album “Don’t You Worry, Honey.” Later that same day, Colombian ensemble “Bomba Estéreo” produced a hypnotizing performance supported by the endless energy radiated from their hip-swaying Latin American fans. At the end of the night, pop icon Bruno Mars brought fans young and old together to sing along to timeless singles like “Marry You,” “Locked Out of Heaven,” and “Uptown Funk,” pulling out pyrotechnics to add to his already impressive set.
Saturday, attendees were posed with the choice of either heading to The Weeknd or Vampire Weekend’s headlining shows. To the excitement of the latter’s fans, it was announced that Vampire Weekend’s newest album has been completed and is set to be released soon.
Sunday had four-day ticket holders dragging their aching feet across Grant Park to catch glimpses of performances from Kali Uchis, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, ODESZA, and others. Thankfully, English singer-songwriter Rex Orange County re-energized fans through a breezy afternoon set that had fans jumping up and down to his 2017 single “Loving is Easy.” At the end of the night, dedicated rap fans united to shout lyrics with the “XO TOUR Llif3” singer Lil Uzi Vert before heading to Playboi Carti.
To give a better idea of the logistics of the event, let’s break things down with a few numbers:
- 400,000: Total estimated attendance over the span of 4 days
- 97: Peak temperature (fahrenheit) recorded on a sweltering Saturday afternoon
- 0: Number of female headliners present (yikes)
- 3: Number of times in a row Vampire Weekend performed “A-Punk” before launching into their throwback set
- 20: Minutes “Gucci Gang” rapper “Lil Pump” performed before getting his set cut short due to his DJ’s laptop overheating (and a rumored riot brewing)
- 160: Approximate number of hospitalizations of festival attendees, reportedly down from last year’s count
- 36: Number of local food vendors present at the event
- 15: (Unofficial) miles per hour at which teens were spotted running to Post Malone’s set
- Beyond our comprehension: Number of Juuls spotted being passed around by teens
- 357: number of days until Lollapalooza 2019
Generally speaking, the festival ran without any major speed bumps, encouraging many to return for the 28th year of the event next August. And for those that didn’t get a chance to attend this time around, head to Red Bull TV to see their coverage of select sets from this weekend.