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Festivals on Film: Lollapalooza

Emily Rosca | The PhoenixSome festival-goers file out of Janelle Monáe’s set while others migrate towards the T-Mobile stage to wait for Childish Gambino’s headlining set Friday, Aug. 2.

For nearly 30 years, Lollapalooza has been the definitive music festival of the Midwest, bringing artists from all over the world into the heart of the United States for four days, with 2019 being no exception. 

This year had festival-goers choosing between The Strokes and The Chainsmokers Thursday, Tame Impala and Childish Gambino Friday, J Balvin and Twenty One Pilots Saturday, and Flume and Ariana Grande Sunday.

The rowdy energy was present not only in attendees within the festival grounds but those outside its walls. Some brave souls attempted to jump gates, knocking a set on Michigan over, to get a taste of the live music. While a few made it in, others weren’t quite so lucky. 

Just three years ago Lollapalooza tickets would sell out within mere hours of going on sale. The four-day passes would go like hot cakes, and so did the single-day tickets. This year, Saturday was the only single-day pass that sold-out. 

Despite this year’s lower sales, the crowds showed up decked out in neon mini skirts, cami crop tops and doused in glitter, showing no indication of boredom or festival-exhaustion as they ran from stage to stage to get the best views of their favorite artists.

Film photos — shot on a Canon Sure Shot — of the wildly popular festival bring back the humid days of diverse music, fashion and food.

Emily Rosca | The Phoenix A fan gets a higher view of the crowd on the shoulders of fellow fest-goer.
Emily Rosca | The Phoenix The crowd moshes at Perry’s Stage during Jonas Blue on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Emily Rosca | The Phoenix Rapper Tierra Whack films a promotional video the day of her set on Friday, Aug. 2.
Emily Rosca | The Phoenix Fans relax in the bit of shade they could find under the trees in Grant Park.
Phoenix editors Mary Grace Ritter, Emma Sulski and Emily Rosca pose after Janelle Monáe’s set Friday, Aug. 2.
Emily Rosca | The Phoenix Lollapalooza took place in Grant Park Aug. 1-4. Headliners included The Strokes, Tame Impala, Twenty One Pilots and Ariana Grande.
Emily Rosca | The Phoenix Australian electronic dance group Rüfüs Du Sol perform at Lollapalooza’s Bud Light stage Thursday, Aug. 1.
Emily Rosca | The Phoenix Festival volunteers throw water bottles to thirsty festival-goers during Fitz and the Tantrums’ set Thursday, Aug. 1.
Emily Rosca | The Phoenix The Phoenix editors Emily Rosca and Emma Sulski sit for a photo with Chicago native musician Alexander 23.
Emily Rosca | The Phoenix The crowd claps along to a performance at Lollapalooza.
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