Chicago’s biggest music festival is back and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. Lollapalooza sports big performers like Megan Thee Stallion, Giveon, Trippie Redd, and Miley Cyrus in the lineup which is bringing exciting live music back. This is my first time going to the festival, but I’m keeping three to four year Lolla veterans beside me the entire time to make sure I’m experiencing it the right way.
My first day at Lollapalooza was full of highs and lows. There were times where I was really happy and appreciative of life and others where I was irritated and wanted to leave. The heat and the sun made it hard to be full of smiles the entire day as sweat became a second layer of skin. Eventually, everyone got accustomed to the heat and started to ignore it in lieu of having a great time.
I danced, and danced, and danced even more. I spent a few hours in between sets on the right side of Perry’s listening to EDM and jumping around. Almost routinely, everyone goes berserk at every bass drop creating this sea of people dancing and head banging to mixes. I loved how nobody was stressed about pushing to the front and were just focused on dancing to the music.
My friends and I were determined to see Flo Milli, Playboi Carti, and Miley Cyrus. To be honest these artists’ sets were underwhelming and not engaging. The 21-year-old Alabama rapper, Flo Milli, was late and only performed five songs. She didn’t have any interesting storylines or extra effort to make the performance an experience for her fans. She just got up there and rapped. Nonetheless, I had fun rapping the lyrics to “In The Party” and “Pockets Bigger” from her recent album.
I can’t even tell you what happened at Playboi Carti’s set, because I really don’t know. He came out in a ski mask screaming nonsense while his loyal fans jumped dangerously in the mosh pit near the middle. He even applauded Chicago for being “turnt the f**k up” when a fan collapsed in the crowd. Let’s just say that wasn’t the vibe, so I left for food and water. If you’re interested, you an watch his full set bellow.
Cyrus was the big headliner to end out the night. I was excited to hear childhood favorites like “The Climb” and “Party In The USA.” She didn’t start with her Hannah Montana tracks, but she did manage to bring out everybody and their momma. Cyrus had Billy Joel, GHerbo, and Wiz Khalifa out as guests which felt forced and random. She didn’t even have any costume changes or engaging show aspects. I was bored really fast, but it was still great to see her in her beautiful rockstar element.
That was Lollapalooza day 1! Stay tuned for my timely recap of the daily events of Lolla, so you can know what you missed.
By Kyla Hubbard, Sophomore, Florida A&M University