Lollapalooza is one of the biggest and best music festivals in the world. It’s also 4 days long, so seeing every band and every set is practically impossible. Luckily, Red Bull TV had some of the best sets streaming live during the weekend so those who weren’t present could watch along. Although there were an incredible amount of amazing bands, we listed some of our favorite sets and performances we were able to witness live. Did we miss some great moments? Let us know what your favorites were on our social media.
Chance The Rapper by Greg Noire Lollapalooza 2017
Seeing Chance the Rapper in Chicago is one of the best places to see him in the world. He’s from Chicago. The excitement is off the charts. He IS Chicago. No better crowd in the world would know the exact lyrics to nearly every song and have such a communal love for a hometown hero.
The Killers by Cambria Harkey Lollapalooza 2017
The Killers are one of the more rare headliners in the festival circuit and felt right at home at Lollap. This was the first time we saw them live in a very long time and they did not disappoint. Any casual fan would not be disappointed by the stellar performance, outfits and stage production put on by the band and they proved once again to be top tier rock/pop stars.
Arcade Fire by Cambria Harkey Lollapalooza 2017
Arcade Fire are some of the best performers in the world. With a wealth of iconic albums in their back catalogue, the band could play a few songs off almost any album and you’d have the time of your life. Seeing the band return to their live glory is a treat for anyone lucky enough to see them perform. A festival like Lollapalooza is also the perfect place to catch them.
Run The Jewels by Scott Witt Lollapalooza 2017
Run The Jewels could play every festival all year for years on end and we would never get tired of them. They brought a fan up and let him freestyle one of their songs. He knocked it out of the park and we wanted him to stay onstage. You can’t even make this stuff up. Watch the video to see for yourself. This was one of our favorite moments of any festival ever and we’ve seen Run The Jewels at least 10 times.
Cage The Elephant by Candice Lawler Lollapalooza 2017
Cage The Elephant are top tier festival performers. Matt Shultz came out in a dress, did high kicks, was so emotive and ferocious that we remembered what good frontment/women should aspire to be. Cage The Elephant will go down in history if they continue the tremendously energetic and wild live shows and performances. We’re sure a few people in the audience decided to start bands after seeing a set like this.
Tegan and Sara by Roger Ho Lollapalooza 2017
The iconic Tegan and Sara had a hilarious set that involved heavy crowd participation and a lightheartedness that set a casual and progressive tone for the festival. After goading the VIP section to get more involved, one of the duo members posed for pictures, walked around the area and hungout with the general crowd. The duo also noted that an advertisement from a plane above for condoms might not be as relevant to artists such as them, and talked about what it must be like to fly the plane. We dig the banter and perspective. One of the more quirky and relevant moments of the fest in these divisive times.
Mac DeMarco by Cambria Harkey Lollapalooza 2017
Mac should just play every damn festival every year for the next few years. He damn well does in all honesty though and we couldn’t be happier about that. With a nearly 10 minute rendition of “Tequila”, goofy half covers of songs with only a few lines of lyric left in and an amazing live performance with and without guitar, we couldn’t be happier seeing Mac all summer long.
Lorde by Charles Reagan Hackleman Lollapalooza 2017
Honorable mention to Lorde who came out with an amazing stage production and was JUST about to play a new song/something she hadn’t before when it started pouring and the entire festival had to be evacuated. Lorde promised she’d make it up to Chicago and we really hope she does. The few songs she did play were amazing and most people were counting her as one of the highlights of the festival. Come back to us Lorde!
The Lemon Twigs by Sydney Gawlik Lollapalooza 2017
The Lemon Twigs are one of the biggest upcoming bands this year. They played Coachella, they played Lollapalooza, what’s next for the band? Style and pizazz, oh and great music too. It makes sense why they’re playing some of the biggest and best festivals of the world.
There were so many other amazing bands and performances we caught online and it was hard to narrow down so many. Luckily many of these bands will be touring the rest of the year and into 2018 where we hope to see them at other worldwide Lollapalooza events. Europe, here we come!