Where: Chicago, IL
It’s not often I go to the same place twice. However, it presents an interesting opportunity for reflection on how my thoughts have changed between experiences.
Festivals are still exhausting and exhilarating. However, my experiences this year were pretty different for a few reasons.
First, I was better prepared, with proper shoes, a backpack full of water, and pouches to put electronics in in case it rained.
Second, we had a much more relaxed attitude about seeing artists. Last year, we did our best to be as close to the front as possible for almost every artist, which means we tired ourselves out with dancing and running around the park all day. This year we did a lot more sitting on blankets just outside of the main crowd. We could still hear the music perfectly well, but it meant that the festival felt like less of a marathon effort, and helped me dance energy for the artists that I really wanted to be close to.
Finally, I feel we saw much more of a diversity of music styles this year. This is one of the strengths of Lollapalooza actually, but we didn’t take advantage of it part year – we focused a lot on EDM to be honest. This year tried to get a good mix, including Lana Del Rey, the 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Disclosure, Halsey, M83, Miike Snow, Radiohead, Flume, Zhu, Martin Garrix, Ellie Goulding, MO, Lapsley, and Major Lazer, plus a few more I’m sure I forgot.
I think going back a second time was definitely a good decision on my part. However I think I’ll try and mix it up a bit for my next festival experience – maybe do one that involves camping?