August 5th, 2017. 100,000 people. Chance the Rapper, Alt-J, Banks, 21 Savage, Vance Joy, Zara Larsson, Alvvays, Anime, LEON, Jacob Banks.
Needless to say, last Saturday was a pretty good one!
2 of my friends and I decided to take a last minute trip to Chicago (for the Canadian long weekend) and ended up scoring a last minute Saturday ticket to Lollapalooza. Saturday was the perfect mix of performers for us, and proved to be a great first Lolla experience!
I had been to music festivals before, but Lollapalooza is a whole other world. As such, I came up with some tips for next year:
- Don’t pay crazy amounts for tickets. Don’t buy them on Facebook and get scammed. Always have a plan when purchasing to scope out whether they are fake or not. Better to look skeptical than to be sorry.
- Go festival fashion crazy, but stay comfortable. It is a long day and an even longer 4 days (if you choose to attend the whole thing). I went from sweaty in the morning to cold and sore feet at night.
- If you are of age (which I was not, so no festival beers for me 😦 ) make sure you monitor yourself – and others. The amount of people I saw carried out around me was definitely unnerving. You paid this much for a ticket, the least you can do is remember the performances!
- Try out the vendors inside – I was shocked at how many options they had AND how reasonably priced they were. A filling meal of a chicken taco, chips, and (a decent portion of) guac for $10? DOWN.
- This could possibly be one of the most photogenic festival grounds around. Oversized frames, props, and signs make for perfect Insta spots, but even the Chicago skyline in the back makes for a killer shot.
- Stay close to the park or have a reliable means of transportation back. You WILL NOT want to walk, streets are overflowing with people, and you can literally watch people sprinting to catch the last trains out. Get home and order food in, you’ll be waiting ages otherwise.
I encourage you to check out Lollapalooza, or other summer music festivals in your area. They are a fantastic way to be introduced to some new music, and my playlists will definitely be upgraded from here on out. There’s something special about festival crowds all dancing to the same music. I’ll never forget Chance the Rapper talking about his Chicago roots to a packed field as far as the eye can see, the whole skyline acting as a spotlight on the crowds screaming the lyrics back to him. At that point, your extreme foot pain tends to just fade from memory.
Let me know if you have attended/ have plans to attend any festivals this summer! Which one is your favourite?