Lollapalooza - Lollapalooza Comes Through Storms And Bad Weather To Triumph
Lollapalooza gave revellers as topsy-turvy experience as its name would suggest, although it was more thanks to the weather than the music that the festival had on offer that many folks will remember their weekend in Chicago.
The elements were in turbulent mood all weekend, and at one point on Saturday there were storms so fierce that the event had to be temporarily evacuated, organiser's minds no doubt remembering the tragic scenes at the St Louis Country Fair last year which saw a stage collapse, a similar incident occurring earlier this year in Toronto where Radiohead's guitar tech was sadly killed. However, the Los Angeles Times reports that the evacuation of Lollapalooza went off without a hitch, and by the time Sunday came round the sun was back out and attendees managed to see the full schedule of acts. A statement released by the festival after the evacuation read "We want to thank the tens of thousands of festival goers, staff, and artists who calmly and safely exited from Grant Park today. We applaud and thank the City of Chicago for their cooperation and commitment to making Lolla a safe and enjoyable experience for all. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for one more day of rock."
It certainly didn't stop the festival's founder Perry Farrell having fun on the Saturday night, as his group Jane's Addiction played a banging after party set at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.