Lollapalooza is the Chicago-based music festival held annually in Grant Park. It draws major crowds and popular artists. This year, Lollapalooza brought four days packed full of a wide array of performances. The six main stages hosted artists playing everything from EDM to country.
Lollapalooza distinguishes itself from many other major festivals with its prime location in the city of Chicago right next to the shore of Lake Michigan. There's always something to do at Lollapalooza, whether it's splitting a famous Chicago deep-dish pizza from Connie’s or just sitting back and admiring the skyline. However, most festival-goers would agree the best thing to do by far is checking out the artists.
Thursday, Aug. 1 kicked off with standout performances across the board. Hozier played a packed set as the sun set over the park. He brought out fellow singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers for a memorable performance of “Work Song,” from Hozier’s self-titled 2014 debut album.
The day rounded off with headlining performances by The Chainsmokers and The Strokes. The Chainsmokers brought out multiple guests, including Lennon Stella, Ty Dolla $ign, Bebe Rexha, The Fray’s Isaac Slade and more. This set marked a meaningful milestone for the DJ duo, as they played the smaller Perry’s stage at Lollapalooza only four years ago.
Friday, Aug. 2 was filled with a variety of artists throughout the day. Early in the day, Chicago rapper Calboy brought out fellow Chicago-native Chance the Rapper for a memorable performance. Whethan, a 20-year-old DJ from Chicago and past LMU After Sunset headliner, played at the American Eagle stage.
Finishing out the night were two packed headliners—Tame Impala and Childish Gambino. Tame Impala hypnotized the audience with their psychedelic visuals and music. Childish Gambino played a set full of his catchiest hits and reminded the audience to love themselves and put their phones down.
Saturday, Aug. 3 brought another full day of music to the park. Chelsea Cutler played the American Eagle stage, bringing out Quinn XCII for a special performance of their song “Flare Guns.” Drawing one of the most energetic and large crowds of the day was Lil Wayne. He played classics as well as new songs, like his remix of Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road.”
The headliners of the night were Twenty One Pilots and J Balvin. Twenty One Pilots—the duo made of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun—put on an impressive, high-energy show, letting their fans know how much they meant to them. J Balvin, Latin superstar, brought a presence like no other to the stage, rounding off his performance with smash hit “Mi Gente.” He is the first Latinx headliner Lollapalooza has ever had, according to Paper Magazine.
Sunday, Aug. 4 marked the last day of Lollapalooza, but the energy was just as high. Louis the Child, Chicago-based DJ duo, played a packed set. As the crowd danced to hits like “It’s Strange” and “Better Not,” a skywriter reminded the crowd to be happy, writing “SMILE” and “LOUIS” up in the clouds.
As the sun set over the festival for the last time, Kacey Musgraves played a meaningful set. Musgraves, a Texas native, drew attention to the recent El Paso shooting, encouraging the crowd to chant “Somebody f------ do something!” Later in the night, headliners Flume and Ariana Grande both put on energetic performances. Grande’s theatrical performance had the audience dancing and singing along in awe as she sang hits like “7 Rings.” She brought out production pop duo Social House for a performance of their new single, “boyfriend.”
Flume’s set made sure Lollapalooza went out with a literal bang, smashing potted plants and using power tools on stage. He teased the audience with the beginning of his hit song “Insane” before debuting a still-unreleased song song “Rushing Back,” featuring Vera Blue.
Over the span of four emotionally-charged days, mainstream performers and festival-goers alike shared their love for music, glitter and more. Hopefully next year will be no different.