The Lollapalooza 2017 lineup has been announced!

Lollapalooza 2017 poster

The 2017 Lollapalooza lineup is out and it’s not bad at all. For some reason, I was expecting a very subpar lineup, and to be honest, I had considered skipping this year in favor of trying out a festival that I have never been to (FYFEST? ACL? perhaps Liverpool Psych Fest? any of these are still possible if I can scrape up the funds), but in the end, I still ended going through the adrenaline rush of trying to snag and succeeding in getting a 4 day wristband. So, when the bands were announced yesterday, I was actually pretty excited.

Thursday gives us Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, and Wiz Khalifa (?) as headliners with Porter Robinson, Liam Gallagher, Kaytranada, Temples, and Atlas Genius playing during the day.

Friday is stacked with goodness from The Killers, Blink 182, DJ Snake, and Run The Jewels, with Crystal Castles, Little Dragon, Cloud Nothings, and Saint Jhn. This is probably my favorite lineup of the weekend.

Saturday has Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper, The xx, Alt-J, and The Head and The Heart along with Kaskade, Warpaint (I’d love to be on that side stage thing during their set!), Highly Suspect, and Boston representing with 2 acts…indie poppers Lady Pills and rapper Michael Christmas.

Sunday wraps up the festival weekend with Arcade Fire, Justice, Big Sean, and The Shins, with Rae Sremmurd, Tove Lo, Joey Bada$$, Charli XCX, and one of my guilty pleasures, Grace Mitchell.

Of course, Lollapalooza weekend wouldn’t be complete without hitting up some daytime parties (which there was a lack of last year) as well as the nighttime parties such as Culture Collide and Floodfest, or DJ sets at the Virgin Hotels (where I’m staying at again this year because that place was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!) which are always my favorite part of Lolla weekend. It’s going to be a long 4 1/2 month wait until I’m in Chicago. Did anyone else score tickets? Going solo as I am? Let’s meet up and hang for a set or two!

Culture Collide After Party – Night 2 – Yawn, Bleachers 8-01-2015

After the second day of Lollapalooza, I once again, showered and changed into some clean clothes for night 2 of the Culture Collide after parties. After standing in a line that was longer than last night’s, it only took about a half hour to get in. Once inside, I made my way to one of the several bars for a cold drink. The drink menu was different than the previous night, but they tasted just as good.

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Yawn

With a drink in my hand, I made my way close to the stage to see indie rockers Yawn, who are also from Chicago. They played a set that seemed to have more of a dance sound as opposed to only being straight up indie. I really enjoyed their set.

Busy Beaver Buttons

Busy Beaver Buttons

I did a little wandering around in between bands as DJ Lani Love was spinning some tunes. I went over the Busy Beaver Button table where the people working it ended up talking me into having a custom button made with my caricature on it. The people working this table were awesome people, fun and really nice.

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Bleachers

Bleachers is a side project of the band Fun’s Jack Antonoff. I’m by no means a fan of Fun, in fact, I find them really annoying, but Bleachers on the other hand sounded great! They did a pretty cool high energy cover of The Cranberries “Dreams” and they ended the night with “I Wanna Get Better”, which pretty much became an audience sing along. You could tell the band was enjoying themselves on stage and it’s always cool when it’s so obvious. It felt like they played a really long set, but I never kept track of the time.

Once the show ended, I hung around for a bit, then wandered around downtown Chicago on a search for some 2AM food. I found a place that was still open and serving personal sized Chicago deep dish pizzas, which was delicious! Back to the Hard Rock to get sleep and take on the final day of Lollapalooza.

Culture Collide After Party – Night 1- Wolf-Face, Chris Crack, Slick Rick 7-31-2015

After taking a much needed post-Lollapalooza shower and changing into some clean clothes, I went downstairs at the Hard Rock to wait in line for the Culture Collide after party. By the time I got there, the line was already around the corner. After waiting for about a half hour or so, the line moved we were inside, which really surprised me, since in previous years, that meant at least a 2 hours wait. As soon as I went into the room, there was free food and drinks, as well as gift fanny packs that contained sunglasses and a bandana.

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Wolf-Face

I took my drink and moved into the larger performance space, where there was a very odd looking band dressed straight out of the movie Teen Wolf. It turns out this was a band called Wolf-Face, who are from Tampa, Florida. Lead singer Michael J. Wolf (I see what you did there!) seemed to really be enjoying himself, as the band played fast punk rock, with topics covering things like gym teachers and, well, being a werewolf. It’s funny, because, after a while, I stopped thinking about the schtick and just enjoyed the music. These guys were really fun!

After still taking in what I just saw, I went into the other room to check out what was going on. There was a table where you could make your own buttons and some sort of photo booth thing. Wolf-Face were hanging out and and taking group pictures with people, which was way cool! In the meantime, a DJ was spinning as the crowd mingled.

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Chris Crack

Next was Chicago rapper, Chris Crack. This isn’t usually my kind of thing, but I actually had a good time and enjoyed his set as he took command of the stage with members of his New Deal Crew. At one point, Crack jumped down into the crowd as he rapped. This was a damn good warm up for Slick Rick.

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Slick Rick

I had a few more drinks as DJ Kaos warmed up the crowd for Slick Rick by playing and quizzing people on their knowledge of old school hip hop songs from the 80’s. That was pretty fun. Slick Rick came out wearing sunglasses and gold chains that could be seen from the back of the room. He seemed to do a fairly laid back set of classic hip hop with the crowd singing along to just about everything.

I was on a total high (or perhaps a very nice buzz from all of the free drinks) for the rest of the night. These after parties are one of my favorite things about Lollapalooza weekend. Time to get some sleep and prepare for day 2 of Lollapalooza.