Lollapalooza draws to a close for J-Hope’s big day

Lollapalooza arrived at Grant Park on Sunday with a lineup that included Chicago acts Horsegirl and Beach Bunny and end-of-the-night boldface names Green Day and J-Hope—the latter the first K-pop of a major American music festival. was the headliner. , It also ended with the announcement from the stage by Mayor Lori Lightfoot that contract negotiations with the city had been resolved, with Lola to live by the lake for another decade.

Overall, day four of Chicago’s biggest concerts were both eventful, wish-you-can-see-them main stage sets. metallica And dua lipaand less for 2022. Despite high rates of COVID-19 locally, Lollapalooza did not require masking or vaccinations for admission, following the lead of the Chicago and Illinois public health departments.

Throughout the weekend, an announcement was expected with a deal between Chicago and Texas-based C3 Presents, a division of Live Nation. The Tribune reported that the city’s entertainment tax was central to the negotiations.

On Sunday night, Fest founder Perry Farrell took to the Bud Light seltzer stage before J-Hope to say he was proud that Lollapalooza was back in the park. He then introduced Lightfoot, which gave the audience a very rockstar “Hello Chicago!” Congratulations with

She then announced that “by decree,” Lollapalooza’s contract would continue: “For ten! More! Years!” He unfurled the banner under which was inscribed 2032.

Earlier in the day, Jim Wright was with a group of Chicagoans who were standing on the asphalt on Tito’s stage watching Horsegirls at the north end of Grant Park. He had heard of Chicago youth bands, but had not seen them live before. “It would be exciting,” he said, “to see them later in a smaller space”—with more intimacy and less baking sun overhead.

According to a study by research company Angeloeconomics commissioned by C3, Lollapalooza had a total impact on the Chicago economy of $305.1 million last year. The report said it paid the Chicago Park District $7.8 million in rent and fees in 2021, and “employed 16,804 workers, both directly and indirectly.”

According to attendance figures provided on Sunday, Lollapalooza did not sell out on Thursdays, but instead sold out on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with crowds of 100,000 attendees.

With the Chicago skyline behind the Bud Light stage, rapper Erica Banks thronged. Festival-goers rejoiced as Banks rejoiced with her audience: “I’m going to be honest with all of you, I’m going to work so hard with all of you to lift my wig.”

Fans entered the already dancing crowd as Banks asked if she could “bring the girls on stage.”

“Yeah you can, it’s the Erica Banks Show,” declared a male voice on stage. The rapper traced a line of girls who were brought on stage to dance with him for his final song – “Just It”, a strip club anthem that fueled many TikTok trends after its release.

“Whenever my girls come on stage, I need a crowd to encourage them. That’s why I need the crowd to shout, throw it away,” Banks shouted. The crowd cheered Banks and her impromptu background dancers for a song that began with a sample of Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”.

On the Coinbase stage, R&B singer and rapper Audrey Nuna waved the crowd together to sing “Molars”. “I have a tooth tattoo on my leg so I wrote this next song about teeth and emotions,” Nuna said.

Nuna ended the latter song with a performance of the singles “Souffle” and “Blossom”, saying, “Shout out to my grandma for being on this song with me.” At the end of “Blossom”, Nuna’s grandmother’s voice can be heard speaking Korean – Nuna has previously stated that her work is inspired by her grandmother.

Despite never listening to Nuna’s music, Bianca Lopez, who was attending Lollapalooza for the first time since the pandemic, said she can call herself a fan until the end of the set.

“I was here with my friends who came here early because they wanted to camp out (before J-Hope). It goes to show that audiences like diverse artists and I think we should Lola should diversify a little 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 got a lot more of a chill vibe this year. I feel like pre-pandemic, it was very busy in terms of the amount of people and how the conversation was in phases. I just remember a few years ago when 21 Savage came in, we weren’t even right up front and it was like, more people than you can’t even breathe. And I think now it’s a little bit more like people give you your space as long as you’re at the fore Don’t be.”

He said, on Saturday mounting fans in front of steps Chicago rappers Lil Dirk and Big Sean both disrupted the sets. Both the cast and managers, on the Solana X Perry and T-Mobile stages, respectively, took steps to retreat and make room for the crowd as security pulled out those in distress.

“We don’t want anyone to pass out. We don’t want any deaths,” Sean said. “We want it to be 100% safe here.”

The focus on spectator safety comes after a tragedy at the Astroworld music festival in Houston last year, when 10 fans in a crowd to watch rapper Travis Scott died.

Also Lil Durkey reported on social media that he was injured by pyrotechnics during their set; The video shows him apparently holding his shirt to his face in front of him after the explosion on stage. She later posted pictures of her blindfolded. “Due to the onstage incident at Lollapalooza, Chicago, I take a break and focus on my health,” he wrote.

security has been Another Lollapalooza themeThe festival is coming less than a month after the Fourth of July mass shooting in Highland Park. Police have had a steady, if mostly background, presence inside and outside the fence (since 2021, the city’s Office of Emergency Management has not released statistics about arrests or medical transportation until after the festival). Along with uniformed police walking and biking across the field, there have been officers patrolling in camouflage on Polaris vehicles, which have been badged as FBI and counter-terrorism teams. Although not authorized to speak on record, an official told the Tribune that they have also lived at Lollapalooza in previous years.

The Tribune has learned of several instances of pickpocketing at the festival. Luke Lawrence, a student at the University of Chicago at Lollapalooza to help report for the Chicago Maroon student newspaper, said his phone was taken from his pocket in a mosh pit for 100 GEC on Thursday, before he realized that what had happened. He knew of other people whose phones were also lost.

When he went to the Apple Store in Lincoln Park for a replacement, the staff was well-versed enough to give him advice.

“They told me, first go to AT&T to get a new SIM card, then come back,” Lawrence said. “They said, ‘We’ve been dealing with this all day.'”

Los Angeles indie band The Marias were a major draw on Tito’s stage in the afternoon, starting with a sultry live take on “Calling You Back” from their 2021 album “Cinema”.

“This is our first Lollapalooza,” said lead singer Maria Zardoya, cheering. “This is my first time attending Lollapalooza. We are Maria, thank you very much!”

Farrell was previously delivering an electric set on T-Mobile mainstage with Porno for Pyros. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan joined them as a guest; Farrell joined Corgan on July 27 for a benefit concert for Highland Park, and the two announced a joint tour beginning this fall, with Farrell leading his band Jen’s Addiction.

Farrell apparently spilled the beans on Lightfoot’s announcement earlier this week, telling WGN-TV that a contract extension had been reached. C3 and city both went back later His disclosure.

Also on Sunday, Italian rock band Menskin informed their T-Mobile audience that Lollapalooza was the band’s first time in Chicago: “It’s our first time here, I must say, we (without) love this town. … and weed is legal. … For us Italians, it’s a dream come true.” At another point in their set, the band’s lead singer Damiano David announced that the band “stands with Ukraine” before performing their new single “Gasoline”, written as a protest song in honor of Ukraine. went.

The weekend ended with J-Hope and Green Day.

After an unfortunate introduction as a publicity man with a horribly dirty rabbit, Green Day came to a thunderous applause to begin with a full-bore “American Idiot,” Billy Joe Armstrong wearing a subway t-shirt. .

Explanation: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Erica Banks’s name.

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