Chicago’s Lollapalooza Evacuated

I’m sure most music fans wish they could be at Lollapalooza. However, I doubt they would elect to be there this Saturday when severe storms in Chicago forced the festival to be put on hold and the crowd to evacuate. Not necessarily a day of music-loving fun. The festival orchestrators urged attendees to take refuge in underground evacuation sites along Michigan Avenue.

During the storm, the festival tweeted “We’re working w/ our team & city officials to survey the park after the storm to determine if it is safe for festival goers to return today.” If I was there, I would have had only two thoughts: “I hope I’m safe” and “I hope I get to see tonight’s headliners.” It was bad enough that Alabama Shakes, tUnE-yArDs, Chairlift, and the Tallest Man On Earth had their set times cut into, but to miss sets from headliners Frank Ocean, the Weeknd, Washed Out, Twin Shadow, Franz Ferdinand, Avicii, Bloc Party, and Santigold would have been devastating to concert-goers.

Fortunately, the storm passed and the set times were moved back (view revised schedule here). But a mass evacuation and then re-entrance of the festival? There must have been chaos and injuries. Nope. A partner of the promoter for Lolla said “We want to thank the tens of thousands of festival goers, staff, and artists who calmly and safely exited from Grant Park today. We also applaud and thank the City of Chicago for their cooperation and commitment to making Lolla a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Once again Chicago has come through and we’re proud to call the city our partner.” Today’s the last day of the festival with headliners Justice, Childish Gambino, Florence + the Machine, Kaskade, and Jack White. Hopefully they can close out the festival without anymore delays.

By Garren Orr

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