Lollapalooza 2023: Day Three Recap
Grant Park in Chicago witnessed an eventful third day of Lollapalooza, marked by a mix of weather challenges and musical triumphs. Here’s a rundown of the day’s highlights:
The day started with rain playing spoilsport, affecting the early performances. Despite the damp conditions, artists like Hoosh, The Linda Lindas, and Ivan Cornejo braved the weather, delivering commendable performances. (You can find interviews with Hoosh and Cornejo on our Patreon as well!)
As the rain began to subside, Sylvan Esso took over the Bud Light Stage. While the stage was initially filling up with K-pop enthusiasts awaiting Tomorrow x Together later in the night, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso captivated the audience with their sassy performance and Sanborn’s heavy bass drops from his modular rig. The duo have come a long way from meeting at the Cactus Club, and made the most of their extra fans for the day.
Hip hop was the genre of the day, with Destroy Lonely kickstarting an afternoon of rap performances on the Coinbase and T-Mobile stages. He was followed by J.I.D., who took the T-Mobile Stage by storm, focusing solely on his rapid rapping, supported by a live band and DJ. His blistering performance featured lyrics were displayed on the screen behind him, showcasing the intricacy of his verses. There was, however, an awkward moment when he tried to play over his set time, causing a sound clash with the Coinbase stage.
Yung Gravy was undoubtedly one of the stars of the day. Starting his set right after J.I.D., much of the crowd flocked over from across the main stage field to watch him perform. Given that a significant portion of the Lolla attendees fit right into his fanbase, his performance was a natural hit. While there was less schtick than his Summerfest headlining set, he made the most of his time slot.
The day culminated with three major acts. Odesza drew the largest crowd at the T-Mobile stage, while K-pop sensation Tomorrow x Together had diehard fans, who had waited in the rain, filling up the Bud Light Stage. Pusha T, on the other hand, transformed the Perry’s Stage into “Yayopalooza,” complete with a giant snow globe and his DJ surrounded by a prop mountain of cocaine. His set was the shortest of the three, but packed a punch, delivering all of 2021’s “Daytona,” as well as a couple of Kanye West features without mentioning the troubled rapper by name.
While the rain literally dampened things, day three of Lollapalooza still managed to go off without a hitch. Don’t forget to check in the rest of the weekend for more from Grant Park, and check out our Patreon, where we have exclusive interviews from backstage at the festival.