Sweet home Chicago! What can I say except the 20th Anniversary of Lollapalooza far exceeded any experience I could have ever imagined. More photos will be coming soon but wow what a good time and so many great bands/artists performing. If you wanted to discover new music, hear some great bands of the past 20+ years or just come and hang out, Grant Park was the place to be.
My First Show: Ryan Leslie
My Final Show: Deadmau5
My Favorite Show: GROUPLOVE
Who I Saw:
Day One of Lolla: Ryan Leslie, Tab The Band, Young The Giant, Naked & Famous, Delta Spirit, Foster The People, White Lies, Two Door Cinema Club, Skrillex, Afrojack, Muse, Coldplay and late night CULTS show at the Hard Rock.
Day Two of Lolla: GROUPLOVE, Walk The Moon, Maps & Atlases, Friendly Fires, Black Lips, Big Audio Dynamite, Joachim Garraud, Local Natives, My Morning Jacket, Eminem, My Morning Jacket. Night show: Skylar Grey, Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe, Black Lips.
Day Three of Lolla: Rival Schools, little hurricane, The Cool Kids, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Cars, Flogging Molly, Boy & Bear, Nas & Damian Marley, Deadmau5
Best Bud Light Stage Show: Young The Giant or Friendly Fires
Best Music Unlimited Stage Show: Muse
Best Sony Stage Show: GROUPLOVE
Best Google+ Stage Show: little hurricane
Best BMI Stage Show: Boy & Bear
Biggest Surprise: Maps & Atlases and Tab The Band
Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Sony Stage
Most Entertaining Show: Deadmau5 – debut of his new rig extravaganza
Most Disappointing Moment: the police during Eminem not caring about kids who were comatose from whatever got them into that state
Next Big Thing: Young The Giant, these guys drew over 20,000 people at 1 p.m. and Foster The People, man in six months these guys are doing it!
Band Redemption In My Book: My Morning Jacket – I’ve seen them a handful of times and never really dug their shows, I did this time
Bands I Was Sad To Miss: Fitz & The Tantrums, City & Colour, Ween and Foo Fighters plus Portugal. The Man, again – just too hard to be two places at once
Late Night Show: CULTS at the Hard Rock
Angriest Performer: again, Eminem. The crowd was pretty angry too
What Would Have Been Great: a fourth day of the festival
Top Lolla’er: The dude dressed in a watermelon costume crowd surfing
Random Moment Of Awesomeness: mud wrestling taking center stage after the first downpour on Sunday
Best Festival Eats: the guy who brought in Garrett Popcorn in with him. Thanks for sharing!
Best Place To Cool Off: didn’t find one
Biggest Waste of Time: Food lines or anyone who waited for a cooling bandana from Toyota
Best Marketing at Festival: Outside a street team was handing out Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks” shoelaces and of course I got some
Worst Part: not having a poncho or jacket when the rain came pouring down on Sunday
Clutch Move: running straight for the port o johns and finding a new garbage bag to make a poncho
Tips For Next Year: carry a poncho – when it rains it pours, drink as much water as possible, don’t try to go swimming in Buckingham Fountain – I witnessed a few beat downs, ice cream is your friend in August, make a list of bands you want to see but don’t stick to it, comfortable shoes, you will walk a lot