Another Lollapalooza, another weather-related evacuation. The first day of the 2017 version of the festival that descends on Chicago’s lakefront every August began with such promise. Forecasters kept pushing back arrival times for storms. Tens of thousands arrived on the city’s front lawn, some queuing up early to score prime viewing spots for headliners Lorde (scheduled to perform on the north end of Grant Park) and Muse (handling the south end’s main stage).
IE’s Curt Baran was on it early, capturing performances from Kweku Collins, Kevin Devine, Honne, Elohim, MAX, The O’My’s, Jain, Michael Blume, Temples, Middle Kids, Suicide Boys, Oliver Tree, Capital Cities, Arizona, Cage The Elephant, Spoon, Muse and an abridged and controversial 3 song set by former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher. But the weather couldn’t hold out. As Muse started the fourth song of their set, the sound abruptly cut out. Then came the announcement that park was under a weather-related evacuation. Rumor has it our photographer is still ringing out his socks. Please enjoy the views before (and briefly, during) the deluge.
-Photos and recap by Curt Baran
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