Over the weekend (July 28-31) was the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza, a music festival held in Chicago every summer. Besides the extension of a fourth day, Lollapalooza brought in an estimated 400,000 music lovers, as well as an arrary of different artists performing in Grant Park…
I attended Lolla for the second time in my life this weekend and as someone who frequents concerts and festivals, Lolla proves to be different for some reason. Whether it’s because I’ve lived in Chicago for the past few years and love this city more the longer I’m here or if it’s because of the insane amount of artists they have, Lolla holds a special place in my heart.
The lineup for this year was stacked and I was able to see about 28 shows in total, but definetely had my favorites each day.
Thursday I started with rapper Jazz Cartier, who I have been dying to see. He spits with so much confidence, its insane. Rappers Danny Brown and G-Eazy were fun, both great at hyping up an audience. Lastly, I saw J.Cole close the night out. I honestly think J.Cole was the artist I was most excited to see all weekend and he did not disapoint. Switching between older and newer songs, slower and more hype, he killed it.
Friday I caught the end of Joey Purp, as well as some Mac Miller. One of my favorites, Future, killed it as well, especially when he brought out Chance The Rapper to perform “No Problem.” My favorite of the day was probably A$AP Ferg, who also suprised the audience with Twista coming out. Ferg just knows how to get people to mosh and go crazy which I apperciate. Lastly I saw Martin Garrix close the night with a mix of new and older music and the most magical lights and lasers I’ve seen in a while.
Saturday I was blessed to see two of my favorite rappers in one day, first being Tory Lanez (pictured below) who responded to audience hype by jumping into the crowd, and closing that night Vic Mensa, who fittingly played “16 Shots” while having military dressed actors grab him during the performance. Another favorite during the day was Big Gigantic who brought out Waka Flocka.
And finally Sunday had arrived. D.R.A.M. performed the hilarious “Broccoli” to start the day off. SNAILS and Halsey, while musically different put on incredible shows. My favorite of the day was probably Vince Staples, similar to Mensa, has a hyper charged energy about him that makes it hard to stand still. I ended the night switching between ZHU and Ellie Goulding.
Overall, Lolla this year was unbelievable due to the extra day and immense amount of artists they were able to bring to the eight stages.