Lollapalooza was awesome. I had the opportunity to work the beer tent at Perry Stage all weekend, (named after Lollapalooza pioneer Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction. He created Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for the band in 1991 and it has since evolved into this insane musical monster weekend.) Perry Stage is where the house music was alive and well the entire 3 days. Luckily for me, this would be where I'd be speading the most of my time at anyway, so it worked out in my favor. Regardless of where you went to venture in Grant Park, you probably had an amazing time, based off the abundance of positive feedback via social media and lack of tears I saw, with over 300,000 people in attendance, Lollapalooza 2013 seemed to go off without a hitch.
If I didn't know any better I would have guessed that American Apparel and Salvation Army were the official sponsor of concert goers at Perry Stage. High waisted shorts, crop tops, and floral headbands were the most popular ensemble choice for the girls, and the guys donned mostly jerseys from frats to their favorite team paired with the ever so popular CamelBak.
Working at this tent made it interesting due to the high volume of students who "appreciate" this music. (Number of actual fans to band wagoners is probably not close.) We had some issues due to shitty fake ids and kids using them trying to buy damn Lime a Ritas.
We were faced with thousands of Mclovins. From kids plotting with fellow high school students directly in front of our tent on "who's gonna make the purchase" (we can see you), to kids running up with an id out, to kids showing a fake id with their real vertical underage id exposed for the world to see in their wallets, to kids saying they didn't bring an id because they didn't want to lose it. Yet you're carrying a backpack and fanny pack. What are you hoarding in these packs exactly? Look kid, I'm not going to county because you weren't conceived by December of 1991. Take that up with your parents.
We were then told to confiscate the ids. The rage level of the mini ravers then went through the roof!
"It's me. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! I need that to get on the plane home!"
"Okay, no worries, I'll grab the cop and he can verify and give it back to you."
*Kid in a child's small Derrick Rose jersey darts away into a sea of neon.*
After I got told to fuck myself by a kid not a day over 15 because we denied his girlfriend, the nights went a lot smoother. A more mature crowd came, were polite, fun, tipped, ready to party, and were actually of age. Interacting with people from all over the world, working with the best people, and dancing the weekend away was definitely an absolutely unforgettable experience.
Kendrick Lamar (Saturday) - I heard was absolutely epic. I wish I was able to catch that.
Mumford and Sons (Saturday) - Another one I would've liked to see. I heard they were great per usual.
Top acts at Perry Stage:
Steve Angello (Saturday) - 1/3 of Swedish House Mafia's Angello is a personal fave. The crowd went wild when SHM Greyhound began, as did our entire beer tent.
Dog Blood (Sunday) - moving a little slower on the last day, we weren't feeling the beats as much. Until ... DOG BLOOD. The mix of Boys Noize and Skrillex had the crowd literally RUNNING to the stage. Vibes hit us hard which prepped us for Major Lazer and Knife Party.
Knife Party- Knife Party always brings it home but as last act of the weekend commenced, the crowd showed no signs of stopping. Epic.
Great music, great people, great city. Lollapalooza will grace us again August 1,2,3, 2014, I know I can't wait. Until then, look forward to North Coast Music Festival August 30- September 1, 2013 at Union Park.
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