See that pun up there? I just made that up. It’s been that sort of weekend.
Anyway! I was at Lollapalooza all weekend. I am still in Chicago now, in fact — my flight is tomorrow, so I went down to Bourbannais, IL this afternoon to meet my parents at Chicago Bears training camp for a few hours (they live in Indianapolis). Now, sunburnt, I am here and my Lollapalooza recap is up on MTV Hive.
A few notes: The recap assignment was to come up with ten superlatives from the festival. “Best crowd singalong,” “Funniest stage banter,” “Coolest hair,” whatever. I have had similar assignments at other outlets in the past for festivals, but this was the first time I was actually allowed to pick what acts I wrote about. (Yes, at some outlets, the best moments from a festival somewhere out in America would be determined in advance by an editor in New York.) This was delightful, because it meant that I didn’t have to chase down stuff I had zero interest in and try to think of something to say about it. (That was a challenge for some things I really enjoyed, too — what is there to say about The Weeknd besides, “Gosh, this band is so great”? Fortunately, I did not have to say anything at all.)
Also: the monsoon or whatever that was on Saturday sucked pretty bad, but mostly because I missed Alabama Shakes since they were canceled. (And also because I gave up after the mud-pit and surrendered my shoes to Grant Park that night.) It sure made for a lot of hip teenagers wandering around TJ Maxx on State St, though. I did a lot of interviews over the weekend, which meant that I missed a few people on my must-see list: Sharon Van Etten, Michael Kiwanuka, and the Gaslight Anthem were all casualties of scheduling. They also distributed White Castle hamburgers in the media tent, which I grew up with but have not eaten in years. They were delicious. MTV Hive also hired my homegirl Cindy as the photographer for the fest, so hanging out with her when possible during the weekend was lovely.
In all: My feet hurt, and I’m kinda sick of music right now, but I’m glad I came here and did this. I don’t plan to make traveling for music festivals a regular part of my work, but for the (likely) last opportunity a person will have to see Black Sabbath on this side of the ocean, and the (who knows) final currently-scheduled At The Drive-In performance of their reunion, it was worth it.
So, yes — go read the link, if you’re so inclined. Cindy’s photos (especially Tune-Yards and Childish Gambino) are lovely, too.