And there goes Friday. Despite ominous reports all week, the torrential rain never came to Grant Park, only a smidgen in the afternoon, and yet that was just enough to turn the fields into a gushy mess. Sandals floated around like sunken wreckage, while free spirits walked to and from the stages barefoot; it was heavenly gross. But that scene is expected for any festival, no less the mile-long Lollapalooza, where 80,000 brave souls are nudged, pummeled, and cracked over three days. It’s some wild shit.
Gardening aside, Friday played out fairly straightforward. The heavies camped north, while the pop savvy holed up south, and those with a heart for adventure scattered about with ADHD — it wasn’t by choice. The BMI Stage went from Hey Marseilles to Chance the Rapper, while The Grove stitched Frightened Rabbit between Disclosure and Lana Del Rey. This scheduled eclecticism worked to everyone’s benefit (that is, if you’re a glass half full-type), offering a change of scenery and a wider opportunity to catch newer sounds.
There were probably more, but here are the top 13 moments we caught on Day One.