The Recap: Lollapalooza 2016

Downtowners rocked the Lollapalooza stage this past weekend for the festival’s 25th anniversary in Grant Park, Chicago. The annual festival spotlights the alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and EDM genres. Adding a fourth day to the previously three day long festival, the event drew over 160,000 attendees.

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Leon Bridges’s debut album Coming Home marked the first production for the rising studio Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, started by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block. He brought his classic style to the Lolla stage and declared his love for festivals stating that “[Playing fests] is the best, I love it even over my own club shows. It’s fun to really bring this sound to such a big level. It’s fun to play for people who haven’t heard the music…We just want to give em a little taste of Texas.”

Bringing back “their brand of California sounds to the Chicago crowd”, pop-punk group, Wavves performed punchy renditions of "Bug", "Afraid of Heights", "Linus Spacehead", and goofed around behind the scenes.

Swedish indie-pop group, Miike Snow performed their hits “Animal” and “Silvia.” This marks the group’s second performance at the festival.

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After the recent buzz from her new album, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, Aurora has performed on the likes of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Making her Lollapalooza debut, she shared a memorable performance of “Conqueror.”

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Hardwell had a packed set list featuring fan-favorites like “United We Are” and bringing the energy as one of the featured artists at Rolling Stone’s Lollapalooza Day Party.

2016 Grammy nominee, Hiatus Kaiyote, was named as one of Elle Magazine’s “6 of the Must-See Lollapalooza Acts You Might Not Know About.” The group lived up to the hype, bringing their ethereal stylings to the festival.

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Additionally, Grimes performed a solo rendition of her collaboration with Downtown’s Aristophanes: “Scream,” replacing her original Mandarin rap with her own Russian version.

Lollapalooza has already announced the dates for next year as August 3-6. We can’t wait to see what they have in store!