Lollapalooza wrapped up in Grant Park on Sunday with a lineup that included artists from Chicago Horsegirl and Beach Bunny and late-night bold names Green Day and J-Hope – the latter being the first K-pop headliner. of a major American music festival. It also ended with Mayor Lori Lightfoot announcing from the stage that contract talks with the city had been resolved, with Lolla expected to stay at the lake for another decade.
Overall, Chicago’s biggest music festival has had an eventful four days, with main stage sets from Metallica and Dua Lipa, and less for 2022. Despite high rates of COVID-19 locally, Lollapalooza won’t required no masks or vaccinations to enter, following the lead of the Chicago and Illinois public health departments.
Throughout the weekend, an announcement had been anticipated with an agreement between Chicago and C3 Presents, a division of Live Nation, based in Texas. The Tribune reported that the city’s amusement tax was the focus of the negotiations.
On Sunday night, festival founder Perry Farrell took the Bud Light Seltzer stage ahead of J-Hope to say he was proud that Lollapalooza was back in the park. He then introduced Lightfoot, who greeted the audience with a very rockstar “Hello Chicago!”
She then announced that “by decree” Lollapalooza’s contract would continue: “For ten! After! Years!” She unfurled the banner with 2032 inscribed at the bottom. On Sunday evening, the festival announced its dates for 2023 from August 3 to 6.
Earlier today, Jim Wright was with a group of Chicagoans watching Horsegirl at the north end of Grant Park, standing on the asphalt at Tito’s stage. They had heard of the young band from Chicago but had never seen them live before. “It would be exciting,” he said, “to see them later in a smaller room” — with more privacy and less scorching sun.
Lollapalooza had a total impact on Chicago’s economy of $305.1 million last year, according to research by research firm AngelouEconomics commissioned by C3. It also paid $7.8 million in rent and fees in 2021 to the Chicago Park District, and “directly and indirectly employed 16,804 workers,” the report said.
According to attendance figures provided on Sunday, Lollapalooza did not sell out on Thursday but did on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a capacity of 100,000 attendees.
With the Chicago skyline beaming behind the Bud Light stage, rapper Erica Banks had the crowd screaming. Festival-goers cheered as Banks laughed alongside his audience: “I’m going to be honest with you all, I’m showing up so hard with you all my wig is about to come off.”
Fans entered the crowd already dancing as Banks asked her whether or not she could “bring some girls on stage”.
“Yes you can, it’s an Erica Banks show,” said a male voice on stage. The rapper spotted a line of girls who were brought on stage to dance with her for her latest song — “Buss it,” a strip club anthem that fueled several TikTok trends after its release.
“Every time my girls go on stage, I need the crowd to cheer them on. So I need the crowd to shout, throw that (expletive),” Banks shouted. The crowd cheered Banks and his dancers from impromptu background for a song that began with an excerpt from Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”.
On the CoinBase stage, R&B singer and rapper Audrey Nuna had the crowd rocking side-by-side in unison to the song “Molars.” Nuna said, “I have a tooth tattoo on my leg, so I wrote this next song about teeth and feelings.”
Nuna followed with a performance of singles “Souffle” and “Blossom,” ending the latter song by exclaiming, “Thank you grandma for being on this song with me. At the end of “Blossom”, Nuna’s grandmother’s voice can be heard in Korean – Nuna has previously stated that her work was inspired by her grandmother.
Although she’s never heard Nuna’s music, Bianca Lopez, who was attending Lollapalooza for the first time since the pandemic, said she could qualify as a fan by the end of the set.
“I was here with my friends who came here quite early because they wanted to camp (before J-Hope). It shows that audiences love diverse artists and I think we should diversify Lolla a bit more, like more Latino artists, more Asian artists,” Lopez said.
Manuel Osario, who attended Nuna’s performance with Lopez, noted a less chaotic Lollapalooza experience this year.
“It’s definitely a lot cooler this year. I feel like pre-pandemic it was pretty hectic in terms of the number of people and how the interactions were on stage. I just remember a few years ago when 21 Savage came along, we weren’t even at the front and it was like, the number of people you couldn’t even breathe. And I feel like now it’s a bit more like people give you your space unless you’re right in front.
That said, on Saturday, fans pouring past the stages interrupted sets by Chicago rapper Lil Durk and Big Sean. Performers and show managers on the Solana x Perry’s and T-Mobile stages, respectively, took action to keep crowds back and make way as security removed those in distress.
“We don’t want anyone fainting. We don’t want any deaths,” Sean said. “We want it to be 100% safe here.”
The attention to public safety comes after a tragedy at the Astroworld music festival in Houston last year, when 10 fans died in an overcrowded crowd to see rapper Travis Scott.
Also, Lil Durk reported on social media that he was injured by pyrotechnics during his set; videos show him holding his shirt to his face after stage explosions apparently occurred in front of him. He then posted photos of his blindfolded eye. “Due to the incident that occurred at the Lollapalooza in Chicago onstage, I will be taking a break and focusing on my health,” he wrote.
Security was another Lollapalooza topic, with the festival taking place less than a month after the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park. Police have been a constant, albeit mostly background, presence inside and outside the fence (as of 2021, the city’s Office of Emergency Management has not released numbers on arrests or deaths). medical transport only after the festival). In addition to uniformed police walking and bicycling the field, there were officers on Polaris vehicles patrolling in camouflage gear, badged as FBI and counterterrorism teams. Although not authorized to speak officially, an officer told the Tribune that they had also been to Lollapalooza for the past few years.
The Tribune learned of several cases of pickpocketing at the festival. Luke Laurence, a student at the University of Chicago at Lollapalooza to help report for the student newspaper Chicago Maroon, said his phone was removed from his pocket in a mosh pit for the 100 Gecs on Thursday before he realized what had happened. past. He knew other people who had also lost phones.
When he went to the Apple Store in Lincoln Park for a replacement, the staff were knowledgeable to advise him.
“They told me to go to AT&T first to get a new SIM card and then come back,” Laurence said. “They said, ‘We’ve been dealing with this all day. “”
Los Angeles indie band The Marías grabbed attention late afternoon on the Tito’s stage, starting with a sultry live version of “Calling U Back” from their 2021 album “Cinema.”
“This is our first Lollapalooza,” singer María Zardoya said to cheers. “It’s the first time I’ve attended Lollapalooza. We are the Marías, thank you very much!”
Farrell also performed on T-Mobile’s main stage with Porno for Pyros, delivering an electric set. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan joined as a guest; Farrell had joined Corgan for a benefit concert for Highland Park on July 27 and the two have announced a joint tour this fall, with Farrell fronting his band Jane’s Addiction.
Also on Sunday, Italian rock band Måneskin informed their T-Mobile audience that Lollapalooza was the band’s first time in Chicago: ) this town…and the weed is legal. … For us Italians, it’s a dream come true. Elsewhere during their set, the band’s lead singer, Damiano David, said the band “stands with Ukraine” before performing their new single “Gasoline,” which was written as a song. protest in honor of Ukraine.
The end of the weekend belonged to J-Hope and Green Day.
After an intro with a badly-soiled bunny as the hype man, Green Day walked out to thunderous applause to start with a full “American Idiot,” Billie Joe Armstrong in a Metro t-shirt. The band performed at the Chicago Music Club on Friday.
Next up was “Holiday” from the same 2004 album. Green Day sometimes got lost in too much interaction with the audience, wasting time by inviting a member of the crowd on stage to accompany the band on guitar (although that the guitarist, who identified herself as Abby, was a great choice and apparently got to keep the guitar). They followed that number up with “Basket Case” from “Dookie” and went on hiatus for too many songs.
But overall, the group that has been together since forming in California’s East Bay in 1987 and was shunned by some as the 2022 ‘nostalgia act’ turned out to be anything but.
Clarification: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Erica Banks’ name.