Despite a forty minute weather delay this morning in Grant Park, the determination and love for music kept the 25th anniversary Lollapalooza festival goers in high spirits and energized to see their favorite artists on one of the eight stages throughout the festival area.
On day one of Lollapalooza, we saw acts from the likes of Bob Moses, to Melanie Martinez, Chicago’s Flosstradamus, Bastille, J. Cole and a whole hell of a lot more!
While Chicago Music Guide has covered Lollapalooza many times before, this was Roman Sobus and my first experience here and it really is more of an experience than any other kind of concert or festival around. There is so much [to] experience besides some of the worlds best music all gathered together in a four day event.
So, having gotten in ahead of the main doors, we were able to explore the grounds and get a feel for the full distance the grounds covered and upon the opening of the doors, the excitement of the crowd could already be felt as they ran to the various stages to get the best spots. Others took the opportunity to avail themselves to photo opportunities in front of the Lollapalooza displays and photo frame, while still others explored Samsung’s VR-Palooza and that is still not even scratching the surface. I am quite relieved that there are three more days to explore these other areas while taking in the amazing bands as well.
It is funny, having had a week or so to prepare for Lollapalooza, I still found myself at a bit of a loss; so much ground to cover, so many great bands playing at the same time and I was initially prepared to bring the printed schedules to keep on hand, but then I remembered the mobile app and I have to say, if you haven’t downloaded the app on your phone yet, it is the best thing you could do to have it with you. It is of course very eco-friendly, but also interactive with the map and also, if you allow the notifications, you can stay completely up to date on every piece of information that comes through whether it be weather related, or otherwise.
Some of the acts we saw so far were Tennyson, Cloves, Bob Moses, and Melanie Martinez, all of which played flawlessly and in most cases the audiences were singing along and interacting with the bands as was the case with Cloves in particular.
There is still so much going on and so many more bands to look forward to over the next 3 days, tomorrow, you’ve got Major Lazer, Ghost, Martin Garrix, Radiohead headlining the Bud Light, Pepsi, Perry’s and Samsung stages. Saturday you’ve got Disclosure, Vic Mensa, Hardwell and the ever-amazing Red Hot Chili Peppers on the same stages. Lastly on Sunday you can look forward to the return of Ellie Goulding, Zhu, Die Antwood, and LCD Soundsystem and again, these are just the headliners! So, if you haven’t already done so, check out the full schedule here: http://www.lollapalooza.com/schedule/ and plan your own personal Lollapalooza experience on their awesome mobile app which even has a very handy friend finder feature should you get separated; very useful!
Here are some photos from our Lollapalooza experience here:
Photos © 2016 by: Roman Sobus