Lollapalooza 2015! Metallica! Sam Smith! Lobster Corn Dogs!

Lollapalooza logo

Welcome To Lollapalooza 2015!

Time to head to Chicago for an amazing day of sun, music and food! I’ve got a look at the festival through the music of Tame Impala, Sam Smith, Walk The Moon and Metallica!

Lollapalooza 2015 band lineup

Lollapalooza 2015 bands

Lollapalooza Chicago 2015

Alex Duda Lollapalooza 2015

Welcome To Chicago!

Lollapalooza has taken up permanent home in Chicago’s Grant Park, which is a perfect location for a music festival: plenty of room for multiple stages, great food and drink, and of course, for more than 100,000 fans a day. Oh, Did I say food?

Graham Elliott Lobster Corn Dog

Cue The Lobster Corn Dog!

Yes, there were a number of great food options: everything from ribs to pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, and of course, Graham Elliott’s Lobster Corn Dog!

Lobster corn dog

It was delicious. although Alex didn’t need quite so much of the creamy mayo – but you got a good Lobster flavor – and in case you just needed the basic, we also tried a bratwurst from the terrific restaurant Publican!

Lollapalooza food review

Alex Duda Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza 8.1.15

Nestled up against the Chicago skyline, Lollapalooza has become a well-organized event with stages spaced out well, so you can enjoy a wide variety of music throughout the day, with our handy schedule as a guide:

Lollapalooza schedule

Time To “Shut Up And Dance!”

We settled in and started to listen to music, beginning with the upbeat rock/pop of “Walk The Moon”, who got the crowd worked up with their hit “Shut Up And Dance”:

Lollapalooza Walk The Moon performance

Walk The Moon played an hour set of upbeat catchy music, and the crowd was fully into the performance – well, except maybe for this Led Zeppelin fan:

Led Zeppelin fans

Lollapalooza panorama

The vibe of this year’s event was upbeat and fun – and crowded! Still, with so much room, you could always finds a place to get away from the masses….

Lollapalooza festival crowd

There was a wide variety of music, from Walk The Moon to Tame Impala, who performed on the main stage as the warm up to Metallica:

Lollapalooza Chicago 2015

We missed Kid Cudi, who was performing at the same time at the other end of the park, but we did well with Walk The Moon and Tame Impala, and then we hung out for a bit – the best way to avoid a crowd was to avoid the crowd!

John Rieber Lollapalooza

Chicago skyline Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza balloon

Metallica 2015 Lollapalooza

Time For Metallica!

Then, it was time for the headliners to take the stage! Here is the first 4 minutes of Metallica from Lollapalooza 2015, including their extended introduction, courtesy of a clip from the classic western “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly:”

Lollapalooza 2015 Metallica

The band was tight, and as energetic as the crowd…we listened to them for about a half hour before heading up to the north end of the park for the other headliner, who hit the stage just as it got dark:

Lollapalooza sunset

Lollapalooza crowd 2015

Lollapalooza night

Time For Sam Smith!

A more laid-back crowd greeted Sam Smith when he hit the stage at the other end of Lollapalooza – but they were no less enthusiastic for Smith’s soulful singing:

Lollapalooza night

Sam Smith’s Voice Makes The Crowd “Crazy”!

Smith’s voice was perfect on “He’ll Never Love You Like I Can” – an the singer was talkative, funny and upbeat – which lead into a flawless rendition of his hit song “I’m Not The Only One”:

Sam Smith’s voice was beautiful – and all of the bands we saw were polished, professional and genuinely excited to be part of Lollapalooza 2015!

Lollapalooza logo 2015

This was our second year attending Lollapalooza – and 2014 didn’t disappoint either:


Yes, our first visit to Lolla included listening to Eminem and Rihanna! Read all about 2014 by clicking on my story here:

And kudos to the Lollapalooza organizers for another flawless event!

Lollapalooza 2015 band lineup

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