Day two got off to an auspicious start, pretty much picking up where day one left off. With perhaps the most complete lineup of the three days, Saturday proved to be an adventure in both stamina and sound. Somehow, the early afternoon weather was hotter and more humid than Friday, which may sound impossible, yet it became the story of the story. Enough rambling, onto the music.
For fans who arrived early, L.A.-based punk rockers FIDLAR proved to be better than the hype that’s built over the past few months. “I’m on drugs,” lead singer Zac Carper informed the crowd at the Google Play stage as the band hit the stage. There’s no doubt he was telling the truth, yet this new band was hotter than the sun that beat down on the hundreds of people who caught their set. The 40-minute set was fast, furious and action packed. From the first song on, a mosh pit (a relic of Lollapaloozas past) began with only four people, yet by the end of the set grew to be about 50-75 people, with Carper singing the last song inside the pit much to fans’ delight.
“Two weeks ago, we were playing house parties, now we’re playing Lollapalooza, how great is that?” Carper asked the crowd, who roared with approval. Although this was their first proper festival (more on that in our interview with the fellas), FIDLAR will be a fixture at these things for years to come.
Moseying back to the Sony stage through the much larger crowd than day one, Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) delighted fans with his brand of chillwave. Judging by the way people were dancing (that could or couldn’t have been due to the drugs), people were really starting to get into a groove and enjoyed what they heard. However, 30 minutes into his set is when disaster struck.
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Suddenly, an announcement that initially seemed farfetched, was indeed a reality. It stated that everyone had to evacuate the park, which many of the attendees thought was a joke. Regretfully, it wasn’t and we had to scurry out before impending thunder, lighting and heavy winds hit the park. Though many were cursing the festival’s decision, it was probably for the best in light of concert disasters that have taken place over the past few years. A hell of a storm hit causing the festival to be delayed for two and a half hours, but as the old cliché goes, the show must go on. However, we’re bummed to report that Alabama Shakes’ set was a casuality of the storm to the regret of many attendees.
Allowed back into the park at 6, the first sounds that concertgoers entered to was that of fun. Performing at the Google Play stage, the band’s catchy brand of indie pop greeted the masses, causing many to remain at the venue’s first stage, and causing those who wanted to see the set a degree of annoyance. Naturally, the group’s two singles “We Are Young” and “Some Nights” met the largest cheers with fans singing along to the lyrics as they entered the venue.
Battling some technical issues, LP ended up putting a solid set herself. Though her upcoming album is still in the works, the L.A.-based singer/songwriter did a stellar job even though she battled sound problems early on. But she did well and left fans clamoring for more.
The crowd was of the boot and rally variety, which meant that a lot returned for the second part of the show instead of calling it a day. The atmosphere was great on one hand, but impossible to see the one artist who was the one to catch: Frank Ocean. Fans literally flooded the Google Play stage (clearly the hot stage of the day) and his critically acclaimed pipes wowed the audience, again, just from what were heard. He played his standard set, which shouldn’t have been surprising, yet fans acted like 13-year-old girls at a Beatles concert. While Ocean isn’t exactly Lennon or McCartney, he did well for himself.
Hopefully the final day of Lollapalooza can combine great weather and great music without any interruptions from mother nature.
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