RECAP: Lollapalooza 2021, Day Three

Breaking And Entering is in Chicago for Lollapalooza 2021! Be sure to stay tuned all weekend for recaps from the event, and subscribe to B&E on Patreon for exclusive interviews from the festival!

A Saturday at Lollapalooza is a sure-fire gigantic crowd. This year, the Saturday festival attendees had perhaps their most unusual lineup of acts to see, and many of them exceeded their expectations.

On a T-Mobile main stage that would later host tens of thousands of Post Malone fans, rock and roll was alive with Backseat Lovers‘ early set. Twangy guitars, long hair and high energy is a formula that almost never fails, and the band had plenty of all three. Expect them to appear at much later times in future festivals.

Of the earlier acts in the day, a clear standout was R&B act Cautious Clay. The crooner’s sound embodies the atmosphere of a sunny weekend at a music festival, and a large crowd flocked to the Lake Shore stage despite a blistering Chicago sun. Whether you were in the dirt pressing against the stage or the grass hills at the back of the stage area, there are certainly worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon. 

Elsewhere, newer names grew their fanbases in the matter of minutes. One such act was Indiana rapper Kid Quill, who managed to fill up a hefty portion of the BMI Stage in the middle of the grounds. Look for Quill to ride that momentum into his next release soon.

Chicago once again represented for their own, as Freddie Gibbs brought a big show to the Lake Shore stage. With a natural charisma that he’s established through his social media presence, Gibbs did not disappoint, hyping up the Chicago crowd in the process. 

The words “surprise guest” always makes for an interesting time at Lollapalooza, and on Saturday, that meant Machine Gun Kelly made an appearance on the small Bud Light Sessions stage. A massive crowd filled the space to hear songs from “Tickets To My Downfall”. 

Nostalgia had it’s rightful place at Lollapalooza on Saturday night, and that began with a set from Limp Bizkit. While the band could’ve tried to do too much with their time, they played it expertly, delivering a set of greatest hits and to perfection. A distinguished looking Fred Durst leaned into the elephant in the giant outdoor field, joking that “when dad tells you to get up, you get up” while wearing an age-appropriate look for a 2021 Limp Bizkit set. The band did have new music to promote, but only one song over the speakers at the end of a turn-of-the-millenium themed party that had mosh pits bursting from both sides of the center divider in the crowd. 

Nostalgia would also appear in the form of the night’s headliner on the Bud Light stage, with Journey closing out Saturday as part of a multi-night Chicago run. From the sound of things, the band was still on point, with razor-sharp vocals and guitar solos that felt like they hadn’t aged in the live setting. While it was a set filled with hits from the band, the disparity in crowd size compared to a young rapper playing the other side of the grounds was noticeable. In a different setting, Journey could likely still pull in that same size crowd, and they showed they still have the chops to do it.

Post Malone‘s set was also a bit of a surprise, in the sense that it carried more energy than was to be expected. While he was the clear choice for most of the crowd, a large majority of which being born this millennium, there was always a bit of a question as to what to expect from Post. He just recently put out a single, but had been largely quiet since 2019’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” Megan Thee Stallion had the same stage shaking hours earlier, and much of that crowd retained their spots as the moon rose. Luckily, Post’s set list of big songs and prominent features resonated with a football field worth of fans to enjoy all night.

There’s just one night left of Lollapalooza, and still plenty of big names to take the stage in Grant Park. Stay tuned to Breaking And Entering for more coverage from Chicago.

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