It’s been 17 years because the present model of Lollapalooza made its house in Chicago’s Grant Park. Although there are lovers and haters of the competition for quite a lot of causes, the 2022 model went off principally with none points and undoubtedly with out the cloud that hung over it final 12 months. On a vibrant word, it didn’t really feel as jam-packed as years previous — there was ample room to navigate by way of the gang to the totally different levels — even when nothing at this 12 months’s Lollapalooza modified.
Right here’s all the pieces that we noticed this weekend, which, not like different fests this 12 months, was really fairly nice with few gripes.
The climate: In a really unscientific ballot carried out on the grounds, all 11 folks agreed that the climate at this 12 months’s fest was the most effective in its historical past. Heat however not scorching, humid however not sticky, clouds however no rain, the state of affairs was as idyllic as Chicago will get in the summertime. This unseasonably pleasant climate made issues simply that a lot higher.
Metallica: Metallica introduced the thunder. Judging by the gang and too many Metallica shirts to rely, it was probably the most anticipated set (apart from possibly J-Hope), at the same time as a Thursday night time headliner. And that didn’t embody any new Stranger Issues followers, although there have been some youthful attendees taking within the motion (and one particular visitor). Stampeding by way of their catalog in a 16-song set, there have been loads of highlights, however James Hetfield asking the gang to present the much-maligned St. Anger a second likelihood was up there.
Inexperienced Day’s Metro aftershow: What separates Lollapalooza from different main festivals are the aftershows: intimate performances by Lolla acts at small venues. However Inexperienced Day on the Metro? It doesn’t get higher. The band blitzed by way of a 25-song set, together with a lot of songs that hadn’t been performed for so long as 21 years. The sweaty, packed crowd was as energetic because the band, with the GA part transferring and waves with pits breaking out many, many instances all through the night time.
The facet levels: This 12 months’s smaller levels did the near-impossible: They made a competition efficiency in the midst of a park appear cozy. Watching Hinds play on the Bud Mild Seltzer Classes (sure, that was the precise identify of the stage), Jesse Jo Stark and Meet Me @ the Altar on the BMI stage, Pom Pom Squad on the Discord stage, Sampa the Nice on Coinbase and Denzel Curry’s raucous headlining slot on Perry’s stage confirmed people they’re to not be missed.
Turnstile: What’s left to say about them that hasn’t been stated already? They have been our 2021 artist of the 12 months and already dazzled us by profitable over the notoriously fickle Coachella crowd practically 4 months in the past. At Lolla, they’d the prime slot on the Discord stage, which was packed. As regular, they introduced it (at the same time as a four-piece now), exhibiting that the hype from final 12 months was not solely deserved however justified. Imagine it, and we’re not alone in considering this.
I do know this feels like a joke, however it isn’t. I met Dua Lipa within the crowd at Turnstile
— Alex Mercuri (@alexmercuri) July 31, 2022
Dua Lipa: As if anybody wants any additional discover, however she’s a celebrity. Dua Lipa had one of many largest crowds for her first efficiency within the U.S. since March. Loads has modified on this soil since then, and the pop star wasn’t afraid to talk out about subjects reminiscent of Roe v. Wade, racial injustice, and the LGBTQ neighborhood. Blasting by way of her largest hits, she proved that though she was the headliner at one of many nation’s main festivals, greater issues are nonetheless to come back.
Lil Durk being struck by pyrotechnic in his face: Someway, Lil Durk managed to energy by way of his set after he was struck within the face by a pyrotechnic onstage. It was a bit harrowing, and after the set, the Chicago rapper wrote that he’s going to “take a break & give attention to my well being.”
The crowd for IDLES: The British post-punk group had a main 6:45 pm slot on one of many predominant levels, which ought to have meant…one thing? As a substitute, the realm was barren (and it wasn’t like they have been going up in opposition to a assassin’s row of competitors), with a great deal of empty area. Although they’re divisive (you’re keen on ’em or hate ’em, no in between), in some way curious onlookers by no means swung by way of. Sadly, it looks like the band would have been higher served enjoying on a unique stage at a extra superb time as a way to convert the unconverted.
The CEO of Goldman Sacks carried out a DJ set: Not a lot so as to add right here, besides that it’s good to have associates in influential locations.
The meals: As regular, the meals was between 15-30% overpriced. For a competition that isn’t at a loss for branding (each stage has a company sponsor), it shouldn’t squeeze the distributors, who in flip squeeze the paying buyer. We nonetheless haven’t discovered something from Woodstock 99, have we?
The competition isn’t going anyplace: As Perry Farrell informed us, Lollapalooza is staying in Chicago for an additional 10 years. Whether or not the pomp and circumstance of bringing Mayor Lori Lightfoot to make the announcement was wanted is questionable. The identical goes for the continued dispute between locals and the town in regards to the competition’s favored nation standing. However, revelers received’t care: the fest goes nowhere they usually can begin making their summer season plans for the subsequent decade now.
Reunions: Farrell’s different band obtained again collectively early this 12 months and this was solely their fifth look prior to now two-plus a long time. Right here’s a nickel’s price of free recommendation: why not embrace the band reunion? Coachella was broadly recognized for this as just lately as 2016 when Weapons N’ Roses shocked followers when Duff McKagan and Slash rejoined Axl Rose. It may very well be a neat factor so as to add to the fest, and that may very well be the throughline to the competition’s previous. That might not be the competition panorama in 2022, however exterior of Riot Fest, nobody else is doing it. Only a thought!