Lollapalooza 2010: Review + Photos

August 23, 2010 dazzadiego No Comments

Lollapalooza came and went for one more year. Perry Farrel’s festival took place in the beautiful Chicago from August 5th to the 7th in a very hot weekend. The windy city welcomed thousands of music fans, hipsters and groups of teenagers who seemed to be in their first concert because of their lack of coolness. Lollapalooza was the only major festival in the U.S. that didn’t sell out. There are several theories for this, but the most popular one is the quality, or lack of rather, of the headliners. Perry Farrel wanted to be hip and with the kidz, as they say, and he decided to book the biggest pop star of this year, Lady Gaga. The problem with this decision, other than the quality of the music, is that it turned off the usual festival goers. The second headliner was Green Day. There’s actually not that much wrong with this pick, Green Day still has some music credibility, even though it’s very little after they went crazy with their “Punk-opera” attempts and just really awful music, it’s just that they needed stronger co-headliners to work. The final headliner was the one who were supposed to bring the usual lolla fans, the brand new reunited Soundgarden. The problem with this is that Soundgarden’s fans have moved on, partly because of Chris Cornell’s crappy solo albums, who’s going to take him seriosly after that? Trent Reznor doesn’t. The second reason is that their fans are old and probably have money and rather see the grunge band in their own town when they come around.
But enough about the negative, the festival had plenty of high points. These were represented by the sub-headliners, such as Phoenix, The Strokes and the very great Canadian band The Arcade Fire among others. Spoon, Metric, Stars and MGMT also made this a great festival to go to. Also the fact that Lolla takes place in a city so beautyful and vibrant as Chicago makes this a place to go to. And finally, if you take out all the annoying teenagers and snobby hipsters, there were some really nice people around. Soyprensa was at the festival and we had a blast watching the bands we loved and skipping all the headliners.
Here are some pictures of this great event taken by Soyprensa’s photographer Liliana Mora, enjoy…

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