Where: Chicago, IL

When: 31/07-03/08

Festivals are madness.

I can see why they are so popular. A three day marathon of music is exhilarating (and exhausting). I’m dehydrated and sleep deprived and I have blisters all over my feet, but what a time that was. I got to see Tove Lo, Kaskade, Kid Cudi, Alesso, The Chainsmokers, Galantis, Florence and the Machine, Kygo (!), along with some I’m forgetting. We would have seen even more, but I accidentally locked us out of our Airbnb on the first day, and Rachel and I had to go back in the afternoon to pick up a set of keys from our host. Whoops. We also had to evacuate for a few hours on Sunday for a thunderstorm that never really materialised, which sucked, but they were able to re-jig the schedules to make sure almost everyone still played.

I will say, as much as I liked the festival, I think I prefer seeing artists play in clubs more. I get a more intimate vibe from it. I was lucky enough to see Kaskade play at Ministry of Sound and XS, and while he did a great show, and had fantastic lights, it’s just so different when you’re in the club. I also had tickets to see Kygo at his Lolla afterparty, and I think he had a much better set there than at Lolla proper.

We also did a bit of exploring in Chicago proper, shooting pool and checking out the bar scene. Despite being born in Chicago, I’ve actually never spent too much time here, so it was nice to see it again.

Overall, I enjoyed Lollapalooza, but I definitely need a long recovery time before I do it again. Although Tomorrowworld is coming up in September…


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