@VibewithAde here to tell you all about my Lollapalooza 2019 experience! Lollapalooza is an all ages, multi-genre music festival in the concrete jungle of Chicago, Illinois. It has become a staple in the city that draws in 100,000 people per day. Held for four days in Grant Park, this festival is huge from the venue itself to the acts it brings and all the surprises that come throughout the weekend. While this festival has gotten the reputation of attracting a younger audience who might mosh to house music, this festival really prides itself and its authenticity of being a festival in the heart of Chicago.
I was hesitant about going to this festival with all of the frenzy this festival has caused over social media in years’ past. I’ve been to many festivals so I felt that I was prepared to see what Lollapalooza was really about and was not disappointed all weekend.
In case you weren’t able to attend and were vicariously living through social media or attended Couch-apalooza via the Livestream, here are the top moments you missed from Lollapalooza 2019.
1. Childish Gambino Giving Us That Summertime Magic
Closing out night two of Lollapalooza, Childish Gambino took the stage by rising into the sky on a massive platform. Illuminated by the city skyline behind him, he had the whole crowd dancing to hits like “This is America”, “Summertime Magic”, and “Freaks and Geeks”. Our crew was living for this set and getting down the whole time.
2. Death Cab for Cutie Bringing Out Chance the Rapper
One of the bigger surprises of the weekend was when Death Cab for Cutie brought out Chicago native, Chance the Rapper. Our group was just about to leave this set when we heard the crowd screaming and we turned around and there he was. They performed their song together “Do You Remember” for the first time live. This was pretty exciting to watch given Chance’s relationship to Chicago and he had just released a new album days before Lollapalooza.
3. Brads and Chads causing a ruckus at FISHER
I am a HUGE FISHER fan. I could shuffle for a whole set and never get tired of him. The energy he brings can get any crowd going. Last year, the Brads and Chads broke the internet when they were moshing to Chris Lake and Illenium at Lollapalooza. This year they upped their shenanigans by getting into a trash can and raising it into the air. A lot of people hate on the young kids at this festival, but as long as they’re having a good time, saying excuse me and staying hydrated, I don’t mind and neither should you.
4. The Return of Flume
Australian Electronic producer, Flume, made his return after a year and a half hiatus from touring after the completion of his Skin Tour. He broke the internet this past March when he released “Hi This is Flume (Mixtape)” after breaking his silence from music for so long. Lollapalooza was his first time debuting a new set with songs from the mixtape perfectly intertwined with long-time favorite songs we’ve known from Flume. I highly recommend you catch a set from Flume soon it was truly one of a kind.
5. Louis the Child Hometown Pride
The Chicago duo, Louis the Child, gave the performance of their life as they graced the Bud Light stage for a perfect afternoon vibe. Their bouncy and lighthearted music gives you all the feels and good vibes. While their set was playing, there was an airplane writing in the sky “LOUIS”, “SMILE” and the famous Louis the Child crown which added to the whole atmosphere. They ended their set talking about what it meant to them to play this stage after growing up in Chicago and playing small venues to now getting to play on such a massive stage at Lollapalooza. This was my 10th Louis the Child set so it felt extra special to me to get to see them play such a monumental set.
6. THE FOOD
The food at Lollapalooza is incredible. From being able to have deep dish pizza to a Chicago hot dog and even hot buns, I was in food heaven. You could also cool yourself down from the heat with gelato or a churro ice cream sandwich. If there is one thing to save your money up for when you go to Lollapalooza, it’s the food 100%.
7. Lil Wayne Giving Major Throwback Vibes
Festival attendees were transported back to the late 2000s with Lil Wayne’s set. I felt like I was back at my middle school dance at this set it was such a good time. We were all singing along to “Lollipop”, “A Milli”, “How to Love” and so many more. I even saw one guy in the crowd get entirely naked to “Bed Rock”, I guess Lil Wayne still has it in him to get the crowd going.
Not So Chill Moment: Breaking Into the Festival
A viral video surfaced during day two of Lollapalooza, I honestly didn’t see this video until I got back to my hotel. About fifty people tried storming the festival and sneaking in that didn’t have wristbands. Lollapalooza made a statement that no one actually got into the festival, but it definitely made them increase security after this happened.
Overall, Lollapalooza 2019 was one for the books for all those that attended. Whether they got to headbang to Shaq and RL Grime, shuffle to FISHER and Camelphat, sing their hearts out to Kacey and Ariana, and vibe out to Tame Impala and Rufus Du Sol, many memories were created with the beautiful backdrop of the Chicago skyline. It was a hot weekend both figuratively and actually with that heat. Shoutout to everyone for staying cool, hydrated and keeping the good vibes going all weekend long. We saw the vibe tribe out in full force at Lollapalooza.
If you want a glimpse into what Lollapalooza is really like, be sure to check out my Lollapalooza vlogs. You can find me on social media @vibewithade for all your festival content needs.
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