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Most bands would kill for a spot at a major music festival, particularly the Chicago-based Lollapalooza. It has been a staple of the summer music fest scene for years; the festival brings over 160,000 fans during its three day run and boasts a diverse assortment of musicians. Still, there was one band who just didn’t seem interested in their 2013 slot at the fest.
Death Grips, an experimental hip hop crew, was scheduled to play both an official Lollapalooza aftershow Friday night and a Saturday set but didn’t show up. Fans were awaiting their performance Friday night in the Bottom Lounge concert venue, where a drum kit had been set up and an apparent suicide note e-mailed from a fan was being projected onto a screen. A bizarre enough staging as it was, but things became stranger as the clock ticked on and Death Grips was nowhere to be found. Eventually the representatives for the venues told fans that Death Grips would not be performing that night. The representatives themselves had found out only moments before they made the announcement to the sold-out venue.
Some of the fans, enraged by the news, reportedly trashed the drum kit on stage. Fans will be reimbursed for their ticket purchases. Following Friday night’s debacle, the group’s slot on Saturday was filled by Shaun White’s band, Bad Things.
The strange actions by Death Grips are puzzling; they haven’t released a statement regarding missing the festival (or about the fan-penned suicide note, which is even stranger), but it seems that for the time being, purchasing a ticket to a Death Grips show could be considered a bit of a gamble.