RECAP: Lollapalooza 2017, Day One
Day one of Lollapalooza had its highs and lows, with the highs kicking off the day, and the lows eventually winning the battle at night. While we weren’t in Grant Park for day one, we’ll be the rest of this weekend. That being said, here’s some of the highlights from the Red Bull TV live stream. That’s kind of like being there, right? Right?
Migos Get Delayed, Still Acts Bad And Boujee
We knew something was amiss when the Lollapalooza app notified us that Migos would be late to their 5:20 set time. A flight delay, likely caused by the weather that would later play a factor in the festival, caused Migos to have to rush on stage, quickly shake up with their people on the side of the set, and get right into things for an anxious crowd on the Bud Light stage. Once they were set, though, it was business as usual for the group, who delivered track after track to make you realize how many hits Migos really have, and that’s not even including all of the features that Quavo appears on. Definitely a good way to get the hype up for the rest of the weekend.
Liam Gallagher is Liam Gallagher
In one of the “we should have seen this coming” moments of the day, Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, played roughly 15-20 minutes of his allotted hour set. He would later apologize on Twitter, citing that he had a rough gig the night before that damaged his voice, but if you watched the set, that didn’t appear to be the case. He did, however, look like he wanted to fight the entire crowd, so maybe that was pain setting in? But probably not.
Cage The Elephant Gets Pretty, Crushes It
One of the best sets that we saw belonged to Cage the Elephant. Donning (and then later removing) his fanciest evening gown, frontman Matthew Shultz was unpredictable as always, covering a lot of ground in the process. He and guitarist/brother Brad Shultz often made their way right up to, if not into, the crowd at the Grant Park Stage. Other highlights included a singalong during the chorus of “Cigarette Daydreams” that could give you chills, and then the sun breaking through the clouds at dusk, only for Matthew to proclaim that the band had “their own spotlight that showed up”. The band are festival veterans, and that showed with their impressive set.
Lorde Vs. Rain. Rain Wins.
One of the main acts that I was bummed to not see in person (besides Migos) was Lorde, who closed out night one of Lollapalooza. However, Mother Nature came through with the assist, as with her help, nobody really got to see that much of her set. She came out strong, with several big hits making their way into the opening portion of her headlining set. She also had a literal glass case of emotion behind her, with a transparent box elevating behind her, complete with people inside. However, just as Lorde was about to try “something that she’s never done before” with her set, Grant Park was evacuated due to storms in the area. While her set was cut short, it did leave promise for her upcoming tour, which kicks off at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in March.
Day one was nothing short of wild, and we’re only getting started. Whatever day two has in store for us, it has a lot to live up to already.