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It’s hard to believe it’s been two weeks since we landed in Chicago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza. Shutting down main streets surrounding Grant Park —possibly the ultimate festival location with waterfront views and access to the famous Married With Children fountain—Lollapalooza accommodates over 170 artists and thousands of fans from around the world (Canada included, obvi).
Headliners included Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding and more. With eight stages spread out across the grounds, it’s next to impossible to catch every act—but that doesn’t mean we didn’t try. We couldn’t see them all, but there were a few Lolla acts that have us wishing we could live in LollaLand forever. Check out our recap below!
Despite the rain, Canadian girl Alessia Cara was representing the homeland shouting out Brampton and raising her hands to all the Canadian fans that came to watch. Opening with “I’m Yours” off her EP, Four Pink Walls, and continuing with hits, “Wild Things” and “Here.” We didn’t want to be anywhere else but (t)here.
We get a little bit a Genghis Khan every time this band takes the Lolla stage, which has been many, which they noted during their set. The rain stopped just in time for the kids to come out of hiding and dance in preparation for Radiohead. Hey Lolla, please invite them back every year!
What kind of anniversary celebration would it be without the founder himself? Perry Farrell was accompanied by full band and a bundle of burlesque dancers. Farrell rocked a pink suit and top hat, and never failed to devote his utmost attention to both the fans and the ladies.
If you were anywhere near the main stage minutes before the California rockers’ set, you were stuck until the end in a mosh of Peppers fans. They were the headliner that delivered. Not that the others failed to impress, but the plethora of Chili Peppers band shirts across the grounds was enough to say, fans don’t want Anthony Kiedis and Flea to stop anytime soon.
Would you believe us if we told you Halsey started her Lolla journey on the BMI (aka artist debut) only last year? Well it’s true, and she outdid herself this year with a well warranted set on Lolla’s main stage. Sporting pink shorts, a knotted rock tee and vocals to kill, it’s no surprise this songstress is hitting major milestones and making a name for herself in the music industry.
Regardless of having her set stacked up against LCD Soundsytem’s, Ellie Goulding still managed to draw the crowd. Is every song she releases a hit? Yes. Yes, it is. It might have been the closing set on the final night, but festival goers found the energy to dance like it was opening day.