So after a whole day of exploring the history, sights and sounds of downtown Chicago it was time for the culmination of my Midwestern vacay: Lollapalooza. Now I’m not usually one for big stadium or festival shows, preferring
cheaper smaller shows at divey eclectic local venues. But as I was already planning on being in the city at the time, I felt like I pretty much had no other option.
Now I’m not gonna lie…every time I think of Lollapallooza I have a hard time not picturing this scene from the Simpsons featuring a bunch of disaffected 90s overall wearing teenagers swaying lifelessly to altrock jamz.
And sure there were a few of those folks who turned up…and a DEFINITE nod to the 90s as far as fashion was concerned (neon crop tops and chunky boots anyone?)…but largely the energy of the day was positive, upbeat and mope-free.
With the exception of Wye Oak of course…who rocked the grouchy, self-effacing indie-rock underdog archetype in a big way, and we obviously ate it up.
Toronto natives Crystal Castles were definitely one of the highlights of the weekend for me and I was lucky enough to catch them twice. The first time at an intimate, sold out gig at the House of Blues which we managed to sidle into somehow…
Alright now onto the biggest pleasant suprise of the Lollapalooza experience: the food!
I was beyond impressed with the event organization in general, but when it came to the food it was above and beyond! There was a huge selection of local, organic and vegetarian/vegan options amidst the standard deep dish Chicago pizza and burger fare. They even had a booth available encouraging folks to sign up for CSA boxes in the Chicago area! What the whattt?
Heres a few snapshots of our slightly overpriced concert snacks:
Have you ever attended a festival concert? What was your experience of the bands/food/parties? Worth your time or better to stick with smaller shows?