As I look back on my time at Lollapalooza, I can only think of one word to describe the entire weekend: sweat.
Day one top acts included Ben Folds, performing his rendition of "Bitch's Ain't Shit" for the white kids to bop to, Fleet foxes dishing out their delicious harmonies while hundreds stood in the rain and Kings of Leon stopping the rain with their sex that was, in fact, on fire.
Day two was looking brighter in terms of weather, but as soon as Atmosphere took the stage, people started to miss the rain. Atmosphere brought the house down with rhymes and beats and The Artic Monkeys had people on their feet for "Brainstorm;" however, the real winners of day two were the ladies. Santogold drew a huge crowd while wowing the audience with her fashion, style, and crazy back up dancers. And I was most excited for Lykke Li... boy did she deliver. It was either the cover of "Knocked Up" by Kings Of Leon or the cover of Lil Wayne's "A Mili" that had the crowd screaming. Just as I thought it couldn't get any better, we moved to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They took the main stage with Karen O and her wild outfits, dancing around and giving a special shout out to the Beastie Boys. Even when they played "Maps" and Karen O in the middle of the song stopped to say "Oh shit I forgot the words," the crowd roared in laughter and the show went on flawlessly.
Day three came and the sun was hotter than ever. Friendly Fires began the day with their funky synth beats as well as the lead singer dancing like it was his job as he went into the crowd to sing with the fans. The energy was still palpable as soon as Kaiser Chiefs began and captivated the audience with their British fight songs with the lead singer going into the audience, standing on top of the speaker system, and even signing with the sign language ladies. By mid afternoon the sun was brutal, but that didn't stop us from getting good spots for Passion Pit as they had their crowd jumping all around for "Sleepyhead." We moved to Snoop Dogg as the sunset and had our hands up the entire time rolling down the street with people smoking indo and sipping on gin and juice while he spit fire on "Who Am I?" Before The Killers we slipped into the DJ stage where Mstrkrft was dropping the beat and the temperature reached it's highest point of the weekend. Then The Killers closed out the festival with "All These Things That I've Done" with the thousands of people screaming "I got soul but I'm not a soldier."
Three days, 225000 people, over 100 acts, gallons of water, and two blistered feet later Lollapalooza delivered under some difficult obstacles and still left fans wanting more.
- Rani Mackevich
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