Day two of Chicago’s very own Lollapalooza was a one to remember from lit performances from huge artists like Polo G, Roddy Rich, Tyler The Creator, and more, to the delicious food. The style and energy of those who attended also played a role in how hype the festival was.
This marked my second Lollapalooza experience, and the setup is slightly different than before. This year, the organizers made it mandatory for me and an estimated crowd of 100,000 people to show either a vaccination card or a negative COVID-19 test. I wasn’t hesitant to cooperate due to understanding my safety.
Walking into the festival, I got hit with a burst of energy. I loved seeing all the stylish and colorful outfits put together by fans. I’ve never been to a Rave, but hearing and feeling the bass of electronic dance music made me want to crowd surf. I couldn’t help but to go in the crowd and dance with them. The cold breeze from the day’s cooler temperature became my best friend as I continued to dance.
As soon as it was time, I raced to the stage to see one of my favorites, Polo G. In 2019, after releasing his debut album, Die A Legend, he had his first Lolla performance. The audience was still getting to know Polo G back then, but now he had the crowd more lit than ever before! His DJ did an amazing job of getting everyone hyped and ready for Polo’s performance. I was almost too tired to stand up and wait for him to come out, but once I heard his name, all the pain in my legs went away. All the energy he received from the crowd was given back. I constantly got caught in mosh pits formed in the audience. If you don’t like getting your shoes dirty, I suggest you not get caught in a mosh pit. You can watch Polo G’s full performance below.
After seeing such a lively performance, I was determined to make it on time to see Tyler The Creator. Given that I’ve been listening to Tyler for years, I already expected to see an enthusiastic performance. He never lets down his fans when it comes to being on stage. I attempted to push through the audience to catch him walking through everyone, but I kept getting pushed around by the excited fans. His set included songs from his famous album Igor and his new album Call Me If You Get Lost. I tried to contain my screams, but I became overwhelmed with excitement. If there is one person you wanted to see at Lollapalooza who would give a great show and a few laughs in between, it would be Tyler The Creator.
Overall, the second day of Lolla was full of laughs, cold drinks, good vibes, and good times! If you did not attend this year, stay tuned to the blog to see more updates on performances to come.
By Jada Boyd, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks Academy