Atlas Genius – Photo by Annie Lesser

When New Order took the stage at Lollapalooza this past weekend, Bernard Sumner commented on how much the band loved playing in Chicago, comparing it to Manchester, but with better weather. “Better weather, that is, until now,” the frontman said, referring to the previous evening’s storms, which had left the ground wet and muddy. The rain did provide for cooler temperatures compared to previous Lollas where the thermometer often read above 100 degrees.
This perfect festival weather though led to crowd members feeling invincible against the heat—though of course, they weren’t. While some people in the crowd had trouble just staying conscious, some bands were having problems performing. Pop group Hey Marseilles had a live check that dug ten minutes into their original set time while stadium rockers Imagine Dragons had electrical and sound failures a mere three songs into their set. As Imagine Dragons tried to fix their sound, people in the crowd chanted everything from the obvious “We can’t hear you,” to the innovative “a capella.”
Despite these hiccups, it was an amazing first day. The Neighbourhood and Robert DeLong kicked off the morning with high energy sets. Between running to and from the larger stages, many fest-goers sat in the shade to watch smaller bands at the BMI Stage or sample some vendor grub. Perry’s Stage was filled with DJ heavy-hitters like Dillon Francis getting people to “Eat, Sleep, Rave Repeat.” Both Day 1 headliners, Nine Inch Nails and The Killers, performed to packed crowds with sets filled with the hits and intense light shows.
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