Date: August 3rd-5th, 2012
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 80,000 ish
Years Running: 10
Crowd: The crowd for Lollapalooza is very interesting. It may just be me coming from weird California but the Lolla crowd was super straight. They didn’t even check people’s bags on the way in. The crowd really varied in ages. I would go from talking to 16 year olds to talking to 50 year olds during the same set.
Organization: No one does bathrooms like Lollapalooza. There must have been one bathroom for every four people. It was a really well put on festival. The only thing they could have done better was crowd control. Getting around become sort of an issue in some areas.
Stages: The Lollapalooza stages were on par with ACL, Outside Lands and Bonnaroo. They were nice but they clearly did not care to enter into the Coachella or Lollapalooza realm of awesome.
Landscape: Lolla is held at Grant Park on top of grass. It’s not perfect grass but it was comfy to sit on and enjoy your show.
Food: The food at Lollapalooza was second to none. They really go for it. My favorite was lobster corndogs. It was one of the better items I had ever eaten. Bravo!
What makes this festival special? My favorite thing about Lolla was the city skyline right behind it. It made each and every show you saw an image to remember.
What could be improved? The problem with Lollapalooza is it is in the city and has to stop super early (10:30 or 11). You only get a little over an hour of darkness to play in. This really takes the ceiling of fun way down.
Overall Rating: 3 stars. If it would go later it would be amazing but ending so early really effects the entire experience. They do offer after parties but traveling across town after a day at a festival is the last thing I would want to do.