Lollapalooza Review from a dedicated festie

If you ever wanted to know what beautiful chaos was then the one place for you to check out would be Lollapalooza. Within the magnificent Grant Park, there is another dimension where cell phone service is lost amongst the crowd, everyone is looking for these mysterious people Lucy and Molly, cut off shorts and cut up shirts is the suggested uniform, and literally anything goes. One thing is for sure, everyone Is there to bask in the comfort of some good music. Whether it was basking in the sun at Of Monster’s and Men’s Sunday or swimming in mud at Skream and Benga’s set, people made sure that they made most of their time.

Although Black Sabbath, Wale, Bassnectar and the Black Keys were headlining on Friday, I think the real headliner of the day was the sun playing a full set all day. Still as dedicated as the Lolla crowd is, they raged harder than ever under the beaming sun, really kicking up the energy for Zedd’s amazing set. The German producer played an extremely high turbo electro based set that had the crowd going completely insane with his mix keeping everyone on their feet.

The highlight for Friday had to be Die Antwoord’s South African zef/rave set that was just as theatrical as it was pure genius. DJ Hi-tek donned his infamous prostethetic mask from the “Fok Julle Naaiers”, while pumping out their hit tunes from his PC computer. While half the audience were clearly diehard fans, most were just curious cats making their way over to the set based on the buzz that has been going on in the blogosphere. While confused eyes looked on while they broke into “DJ Hi Tek will fok you in the ass” poured out the speakers, soon Die Antwoord had everyone moving to their vulgar tracks. Yo Landi of course captivated everyone with her helium voice and huge charisma.

Saturday started off as sunny as ever at Perry’s with the growing crowd happily raging to the infectious sound of SALVA and Star Slinger before impending doom began to take over the skies. Before you knew it, rumors of evacuation began and people looked around in confusion until it was obvious that this was real. As waves and waves of people exited Grant Park, there was speculation on whether or not we would return. “What! I’m too drunk to move!” said the guy beside me, which was probably many people’s sentiments.

Alas, the crazy storm cleared leaving us with mud and pent up energy, so we returned back to Grant Park only to rage harder to an unbelievable set from Skream and Benga complete with a giant mudpit at Perry’s and mudslinging. Things got insane when their set ended with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and angsty people (me included) mosh-pitted in the mud with the essence of Woodstock. With the schedule pushed back people still got to see amazing sets from headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers and the ever enchanting Santigold, as well as the other favorites on all of the stages.

Finally Sunday had arrived, and although people were starting to feel the soreness from two days of nonstop partying, it was the final day to enjoy everything Lolla had to offer. A blaring sun promised an amazing day ahead, and Nadastrom got the crowd going with his Moombahton beats, shortly after Little Dragon came on stage while the sun was in full force. While most stood in the shade to enjoy her sultry jazz influenced voice, the brave ones stayed in the middle to enjoy it. Although the sun had dried up most of the mud, there was still a pretty thick amount of the stuff right smack dab in the middle of Perry’s, people took advantage of it, especially for the craziness that ensued during Doctor P’s heavy dubstep set.

Dubstep reigned that day with another excting set from Canadian duo Zeds Dead with their go-to MC Omar Link hyping up the crowd with the bass heavy dub-rap. The real treat for electronic fans came at night when the anticipated set from Justice blew minds with their heart pounding amazing grainy electro sending shock waves and lightening through the feets of a throbbing crowd. A perfect way to end one of the most chaotic and amazing weekends ever. Perry Farrell, I can’t wait to see what you do next year.

Lollapalooza daily preview Friday

People from all over will be putting on some comfy sneakers, stocking up on neon and headbands, and making sure they are nice and hydrated for a chaotic three days of music and camaraderie that is the Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois. With a star studded lineup that includes some of the biggest live acts in the industry, it is no wonder that this festival sold out in record time.

With Grant Park filling up with enthusiastic music fans, there will be some hard decisions that some people will have to make, due to some scheduling conflicts. However, there a few must-see acts that will be spreading their music to the massive pulsating crowds during those wonderful three days.

Kicking off Friday, August 3, the festival begins with some high octane performances that are sure to send crowds into a music induced frenzy. The weather calls for some scattered thunderstorms, so be sure to pack umbrellas and ponchos, or wear some clothes that you aren’t attached to and make mud angels, like the previous year. Don’t let the rain bring you down, it actually makes the festival even more magical, as everyone dances under the rain.

Friday is definitely is a big one for EDM fans with heavy hitters Madeon and Porter Robinson coming on before UK duo Nero hit the decks for one of their stellar sets that they are known for. The highlight of the day will be South African zef rappers, Die Antwoord. You can catch Ninja and Yolandi spitting their NSFW rhymes on the Playstation stage at 5:00 PM.

The show will close out with probably the most talked about performance of the festival, which would be Black Sabbath’s only performance in North America. Regardless, those who want to see one of the most exciting electronic sets in the entire scene should check out the dubstep messiah himself, Bassnectar. His explosive bass mixed with his high energy sets brings crowds together as one for his headlining 8:46 pm set.

HARD ADDS N*E*R*D*, DIE ANTWOORD, SLEIGH BELLS, FLYING LOTUS, JOKER, SWITCH, BOREGORE & JASON BENTLEY TO HARD LA / M.I.A.

HARD ADDS N*E*R*D*, DIE ANTWOORD, SLEIGH BELLS, FLYING LOTUS, JOKER, SWITCH, BOREGORE & JASON BENTLEY TO HARD LA / M.I.A.!

DIE ANTWOORD JOINS HARD NYC / M.I.A.!

HARD LAUNCHES VIDEO CONTEST & GIVES FANS A CHANCE TO WIN VIP TICKETS TO HARD LA / M.I.A

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HARD is pleased to announce the addition of N*E*R*D*, Die Antwoord, Sleigh Bells, Flying Lotus, Joker, Switch, Boregore & Jason Bentley to the already incredible HARD LA / M.I.A. July 17th date at Los Angeles State Historic Park. HARD is notorious for bringing the biggest names of electronic, dance, hip-hop and rock scenes together for one amazing show and this impressive lineup will be one of the most talked about events of the summer. By adding some of the hottest live acts to an already amazing line up including M.I.A., Rye Rye, Theophilus London, 12th Planet, Borgore, The Gaslamp Killer, Destructo, Ninjasonik and NGUZUNGUZU, HARD is continuing its legacy of putting the hottest bands together on the same stage. General admission tickets for HARD LA / M.I.A. at Los Angeles State Historic Park are still available for only $60 or the low price of $100 when you purchase tickets for HARD Summer and HARD LA / M.I.A.

Coming out of Coachella 2010 as one of the most talked about acts, South African rap duo, Die Antwoord also join the HARD NYC / M.I.A. Show on July 24th at Governors Island! Die Antwoord joins the likes of M.I.A., Skream, Benga, Rye Rye, Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, Borgore, Destructo, NGUZUNGUZU, Ninjasonki, 12th Planet, Destructo & more to the two-stage, one day festival.

HARD is giving fans an opportunity that can’t be bought -a chance to win VIP tickets to this amazing show! M.I.A. caused quite a stir with her new video for ‘Born Free’ last week and this week HARD is challenging fans to do the same by launching the HARD Video Contest. Fans are challenged to create their own HARD video and five winners will be chosen and awarded VIP tickets to what is sure to be one of the biggest musical events of the year! Check the HARD website for rules, regulations and information on the contest. Deadline to submit is May 25th 2010.