Lollapalooza Performers and Organizers Prove Adaptive Amid Changing Electronic Landscape [Event Review] –

Industry veterans and newcomers alike delivered top-tier performances at Lollapalooza 2018.

Last weekend, Chicago hosted Grant Park’s late summer staple as an expected 100,000 fans gathered daily for Lollapalooza. Though the lineup was initially met with mixed feelings from Lolla’s core crowd of rock and alternative purists, the festival has proved to be adaptive in continuing to curate top-notch talent and highly anticipated newcomers across all genres. 

In recent years, Lollapalooza’s electronic offering has grown exponentially, and 2018 saw the festival continue to bet on mainstay DJ’s and producers as well as cutting-edge live sets. Named after Lolla’s co-founder Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Perry’s stage continued to run like a well-oiled machine hosting a myriad of producers who continued to pull strong audiences throughout the sweltering heat. Headliners Zedd, Dillon Francis, and Galantis fed Chicago’s appetite for main stage music, while a vastly bass-oriented undercard had audiences head-banging the day away. Chicago continues to demonstrate a strong interest in trap, dubstep, and the generally grittier side of electronic music and Lolla’s producers were ready with a heavy dose. The who’s who of bass music was in attendance with performances by Rezz, What So Not, Zomboy, Malaa, Ekali and many more.