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The A to Z of EDM at Lollapalooza

Written By: Kat Boehrer

 

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Adventure Club:

 

The Canadian duo performed their newest track, “Dreams” featuring Elea during their set, which was also broadcast on Lolla’s livestream.

 

 

Brass:

 

Griz took the stage with his signature sax sounds and added his Grant Park festival set to an impressive list of performance accomplishments, including landing sets at Bonnaroo, Red Rocks in Colorado, and Outside Lands all just this summer.

 

Chow town:

 

One of the best parts about Chicago is the amazing food offerings throughout the city. The festival’s “Chow Town” showcased local tastes from sushi to tamales to city-famous deep-dish pizza.

 

Dwayne Wade:

 

Chicago’s own Dwayne Wade made an appearance for a Bud Light moment during Flosstradamus’ set. In fact, many Chicago icons made special guest appearances during the (Chicago-bred) duo’s performance. Chance the Rapper and Michelle Williams also stopped through. To top it all off, Post Malone also hit the stage to perform “Came Up,” a collaboration with Floss and FKi 1st.

 

Earplugs:

 

Many fans opted to protect their ears this year by using earplugs.

 

Feel the Volume:

 

Jauz’s 2014 hit, “Feel the Volume,” is still alive and bumping on stages and was heard quite a few times during DJ sets throughout the weekend. Jauz himself also played a set on the dedicated EDM stage on the third day of the festival.

 

 

Generik:

 

A fan-favorite over the long weekend was Generik, the Aussie-bred big-room DJ. A favorite of Calvin Harris, his bangers kept the crowd pumping for the whole set.

 

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Health App:

 

Yo, I checked my health app and I walked about 10 miles going back and forth between the stages each day.

 

Illennium:

 

The Denver DJ is gaining momentum after several festival appearances (including Lolla, of course), and his remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya has garnered over 36 million plays on Soundcloud.

 

 

Jerseys:

 

People in Chicago are really excited about sports and the fashion trend of the weekend was to show off your team spirit by wearing your favorite jersey.

 

Kiiara:

 

The songstress brought her electronically-driven glitchy vocals to the festival, and is just as good live as she sounds on her Low Kii Savage EP.

 

 

Louis the Child:

 

Louis the Child are a couple of young DJs that apparently Taylor Swift is really into and, by the looks of it, so were a ton of people at Lollapalooza.

 

Mello Gang:

 

Marshmello is the coolest DJ probably ever, and his crowd was certainly up to the task of getting in the festival spirit. Fans came decked out in Mello gear, which is a pretty rad sight to see.

 

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Never Be Like You:

 

Flume’s “Never Be Like You” just went platinum, which was probably the cherry on top of his amazing weekend playing the Samsung stage.

 

 

Outage:

 

Major Lazer’s set was so lit that the power went out—twice!

 

Party Favor:

 

Dylan Ragland is the man and kept the crowd pumped throughout his set. He seemed to be a fan favorite and definitely on everyone’s festival to-see list.

 

Quiet:

 

LMAO. City curfew is 10pm and, although some sets went a bit over, the mega speakers shut off early in the night. This just gave everyone time to get it together and head to the many afterparties of the weekend.

 

Rain:

 

Day 2 got a bit muddy, but luckily, branded ponchos were given out to keep festivalgoers happy and dry.

 

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Slumberjack:

 

Australian DJs, Slumberjack, put on a great performances for their dedicated fans. Check out their last music video, the first of their videos where they were able to get involved and give their personal input into the creative process.

 

 

Teens:

 

The teens love EDM and Perry’s stage crowd was a shining example.

 

Uber:

 

Uber surge wasn’t crazy for this festival, probably because of the amazing public transportation system already in place in Chicago.

 

VR:

 

Samsung provided areas with VR headsets so fans could get the best views of the branded Samsung stage performances.

 

Wristbands:

 

The Lolla wristbands had little rubber rings on them to tuck the excess fabric out of the way, which was one of the many small details that contributed to an amazing and comfortable weekend on-site.

 

X-traordinary:

 

Things are getting desperate the further along the alphabet you get. Point is, the four-day festival was aggressive in terms of the hours of partying everyone racked up but it went off without a hitch and partygoers remained safe and satisfied throughout the event.

 

Yolo:

 

The weekend was one for giving zero fucks.

 

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Zayn:

 

Zayn was not there, but this is a way to tie in Snakehips, who were super dope and just did a track with the dreamy ex-boy band member. Also, one of my friends matched with one of the Snakehips dudes on Tinder over the weekend and that’s worth telling the world about.

 

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