Arguably the biggest musical festival in Chicago is returning this month: Lollapalooza! Last year the legendary music festival was forced to postpone, along with the rest of the world of course, due to the global pandemic. Now that the world is slowly opening back up, people are eager more than ever to partake in fun activities outside this summer. Hardly anything tops enjoying summertime-Chi downtown quite like seeing outstanding music performances live.
What makes Lollapalooza top other music festivals is its ability to bring a collection of the biggest names within the music industry to town. For four days, artists from all genres and different eras take over Grant Park. Those in attendance will get to rock out with the legendary Foo Fighters and a block down you can dance to a modern DJ set by Alison Wonderland [cover]. World-famous pop singer Miley Cyrus singing her heart out at the same time as meme-god Oliver Tree is. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is are you going to be seeing Megan Thee Stallion or Limp Bizkit? (Just kidding we know there’s no competition there.) Always adapting to the constantly changing media landscape, one of the headliners this year is going to be YouTube sensation Marc Rebillet! Having followed his journey over the last few years it’s great to see his improvisational skills get the recognition they deserve. From live streams in his bedroom, to “Sway in the Morning” and now headlining next to icons Journey and Post Malone. Once again demonstrating Lolla does an excellent job of getting multiple mainstream artists combined with giving exposure to up-and-comers. Each day you can get to listen to a bit of everything from the magnificent voice of LP to the demonic rhymes of $uicideBoy$. Yet the mixture doesn’t feel as random as listening to your playlist on shuffle.
As always safety is the most important objective for attendees, performers, and everyone involved. The big concern this year is what procedures are in place to battle Covid-19. Luckily the event organizers have posted official health rules that allow both vaccinated and unvaccinated ticket holders to attend. The following can be found at Lollapalooza.com:
“In accordance with City of Chicago requirements, full Covid-19 vaccination or negative Covid-19 test results will be required to attend Lollapalooza 2021. For patrons who are not fully vaccinated, a negative Covid-19 test result must be obtained within 72 hours of first attending Lollapalooza. If you have questions about Covid-19 vaccines or to find a vaccination location near you, please visit vaccines.gov”
Lollapalooza 2021 Entry Procedures:
- Comply with the Lollapalooza Fan Health Pledge
- Bring a printed copy of your Vaccine Card, Vaccine Record, or Negative Covid-19 test
- Bring your Festival Wristband
The Lollapalooza Fan Health Pledge asks audience members who have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive within the last 14 days prior to the event to not attend. Also within 48 hours prior to the event if you are having Covid-like symptoms to not attend either. Children will need to show proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours as well. If you do unfortunately test positive with the virus before the 72-hour pretest, you will be able to receive a refund. Just provide your order number and specific ticket details to [email protected].
At the end of this month people from all backgrounds will experience a musical spectacle. People will gather to let out the energy they’ve stored inside over the last year at full capacity. It’s been forever since people got to shake their booties in a crowd! But, I can already hear entitled haters say, “Lolla lineup isn’t what it used to be. Why isn’t this certain artist I enjoy performing?” Look I hear you, and understand, but the fact of the matter is there are simply too many great artists to list here and this is a place of discovery. Try to broaden your horizons and give some of these other artists a chance. So let’s follow the safety rules, be nice to festival staff and other attendees, and let’s have a great time!