So this post is going up a bit later than I thought it would but, hey, still worthwhile.
In July, I told a friend that I was going to Lollapalooza this year. And she was like, “aren’t you too old for that?”
For a moment, I was offended, and then I wondered, wait, am I?
I have lived in Chicago for eight years and this is the FIRST time I’ve gone. So I couldn’t help but wonder, why?
- Huge crowds
- Drunk crowds
- Intense heat that makes you wonder if you will lose your mind or die in Grant Park
In every year prior, you could always guarantee that it would be hotter than hell for Lollapalooza. Even if it was cool before that weekend, that would change. On top of that, you are crammed in front of a stage with thousands of drunk and high people you never met before. Sounds like fun RIGHT?
Well in my spirit of trying new things in 2013, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go to Lollapalooza for a day. Three days sounded a bit intense and in case I hated it, one day was a doable commitment.
Then the band list leaked and I got more excited and determined, only to be shut out of the day I wanted thanks to Mumford, Matt & Kim, Ellie Goulding and others being stacked that day. Figures.
So a coworker sold me her Sunday wristband and I was off with Arielle and her friend Eric, who were both in town for all three days of the festival. And in a gift from the heavens, it was not center-of-the-sun hot. It was…manageable. Okay!!
Because I was only there for a day, I saw a total of three full sets, each of which were great. I finally got to see Tegan & Sara live and got the added bonus of Vampire Weekend and Phoenix.
And it was awesome. Bands start on time and play continuously during the set. And the music sounds great too. And people sing along and get a little rowdy but not always asshole-like behavior.
I’m still catching up on bands and listening to new and different types of music but this was a really good time. And I would consider going next year too!
Have you been to any festivals this summer?