August 11, 2018
Lollapalooza returned to Grant Park in Chicago with a bright forecast and impressive lineup of heavy-hitting headlining acts and a slew of up-and-coming artists spread across eight stages. The festival has had a recent streak of bad luck as last year it was cut short with rain, and this year, although the weather was mostly clear and in the 90s, there was a tragic death reported shortly after the festival. A 16-year-old festival attendee by the name of Evan Kitz-Miller was being treated for a seizure Sunday night and later pronounced dead that evening. The exact cause of the death is still unknown. While we’ve covered a lot of festivals and most are epic showcases of camaraderie and a celebration of music, it seems awkward to share our highlights.
Despite the extremely tragic event that occured, close to a 100,000 people attended the festival each day, making it among one of the biggest in the US. Originally started by Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction fame in 1991 and running through 1997, Lollapalooza shifted to a multi-day traveling concert concept similar to Warped Tour in 2003, before being canceled again in 2004. It was revived in 2005 by William Morris Agency and event production company C3 Presents, and in 2014 it merged with Live Nation who now owns a controlling interest.
One thing has always remained consistent about Lollapalooza through it’s many shapes and hardships through the years, the music. This year was no exception, as it showcased a spectrum of artists in multiple genres currently impacting the modern music landscape.
Here are some our favorite moments:
It was 2013 when Vampire Weekend released their last album, but you wouldn’t have thought that judging by the feverish crowd. They played “A Punk” three times in a row, which the audience didn’t seem to mind as they announced their new album was finished and in the process of being mastered.
The 24-year-old Compton, California rapper/singer Buddy impressed the young crowd at the BMI stage with some summertime bangers from his latest album Harlan and Alondra. Filled with melodic singing and impressive bars to accompany his free-flowing organic party vibe and charisma, Buddy is definitely someone you’ll be hearing a lot from in the coming months.
Lizzo brought high-energy to kick off Friday as her vibrant style and booty-bouncing shakes had the audience radiating with good feelings all around. She was engaging and entertaining with every choreographed dance move as she played her hits like “Good As Hell” and “Fitness” while also covering the TLC classic, “No Scrubs,” much to the crowd’s delight.
Some fans of The Weeknd may have had a serious schedule conflict as Vampire Weekend was simultaneously headlining Friday night. While Vampire Weekend may have stolen all of the headlines with their impromptu album announcement, The Weeknd fans were treated to a solid set by the futuristic R&B sounds of the Canadian singer-songwriter. His voice and production sounded rich, reverberating through the speakers playing mostly all of his danceable mega-hit songs.
Tyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator played a rare daytime set as the popular Odd Future rapper has recently been accustomed to playing more towards the evening with the headlining acts. Known for his wild audience interaction and notorious for inciting aggressive mosh pits, Tyler was tame as his latest album title Flower Boy would suggest.
The sweet songs of R&B crooner Daniel Caesar had the Lolla crowd feeling like a high school sock hop as couples swayed in the shade, locking eyes, and holding hands to the soothing tones of the fast-rising Canadian singer-songwriter.
Jack White ripped into hits from his many stages as one of the most impactful indie rockers of our generation. From the White Stripes to the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather to his more recent solo material, Jack White gave one the most crowd-pleasing sets of the festival. A solid final act.