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Music is very important to both me and my husband so we decided to take both of our sons, 18 and 4, to Lollapalooza last year. We only could afford to go on one day so we chose to go on the day Lady Gaga performed (even though my husband really wanted to see Soundgarden.) We chose Lady Gaga because she's such a presence in the music industry at this time, we couldn't miss the opportunity to see her live with a croud of 80,00 people. She is such an amazing performer. We love taking our kids to concerts because it's an experience they will never forget and both of them will never forget the time we had at Lollapalooza last year. They got to experience different types of music and it has inspired my 18 year old to become a DJ (Yes, he is begging me to go see Deadmau5 this year.) It brings my family together and we have a wonderful time. It's just so tough, in this economy, to keep beinging these experiences to them. This is why we choose to take them to Lollapalooza, because they have a whole days worth of experiences and since we're from Chicago, we don't have the added expense of traveling. We are looking forward to many Lollapaloozas to come.
Lollapalooza 2010 was my first music festival experience and also my first time visiting beautiful, windy Chicago. I went with a huge group of people- eight of us met up at a hotel together where we shared two rooms. Some traveled by airplane and came from Arizona or New York City, the rest of us drove together in two cars from Binghamton, New York where we all attended college together. Everyone knew each other and was definitely friends, but no one realized how close Lollapalooza would bring us over the next three days. I drove with my friends Josh and Dave while the other car was occupied by Evan, Shana, and Mike. We knew that the drive would be long and probably painful after a certain amount of hours. We planned trips to break up the driving so we didn't lose our minds and one of those stops was my choice and happened to be a natural history museum in Cleveland to see Balto. Balto was a favorite Disney movie of mine about a dog that saved a lost sled dog team, and in the end of the movie they showed a statue of Balto which I assumed was what we would be seeing at this museum. It was not. Not even close. We searched around the museum and asked random people, and no one could help us. Finally we decided to give up and just walk through once quickly and then continue our road trip. That's when I saw it. The stuffed dead body of Balto the sled dog savior in a glass case. I took my picture with him and hurried on, eager to forget about it. This was how our trip started off- I forced everyone to go see what I thought would be a nice statue that held nostalgic significance for me but was actually a large stuffed dead dog. Some people were not as close with others when the trip started, but this and other such events started to cement us together and made Lollapalooza into an event that we wanted to turn into a tradition. We spent every night exploring downtown Chicago and meeting new and interesting people after enjoying Grant Park and all it had to offer. The weekend became a bustle of people, each with different musical tastes but interested in experimenting, running around and trying to stick together. My favorite performance of the weekend was Dirty Projectors, which was something I almost avoided but ended up being beyond impressed with. We all exchanged phone numbers, even Dave and Josh who didn't even know the rest of the guys who Shana and I had known for three years. We all called and checked up on each other with text messages the entire time, going to certain bands we didn't want to see just for the sake of being with one another and trying something new. Our friend Greg tried out Lady Gaga and was creeped out by the confetti and screams of "Believe in GAGA!" The rest of us enjoyed The Strokes instead. Shana and I also had the opportunity to make it incredibly close to the stage for Phoenix’s set. Squished against other people after waiting for what felt like hours, sweating, dancing, and shouting lyrics out the top of our lungs was one of the most exciting moments of the entire weekend for both of us. By the last day some of us decided to climb the Willis Tower and get a “real” Chicago experience. Greg, Evan, Isaac, Shana, and I all made it to the top and stood on the observation deck despite some fears of heights. There was also the discovery of Perry’s that we had on our way to Arcade Fire. The crazy lights and electro music pulled us in and after almost an hour of straight dancing, we made it just in time to see the end of Arcade Fire’s set. At the end of the trip I went in the car with Mike, Evan, and Shana and we started our thirteen hour drive home. Unfortunately car issues and traffic added an extra five hours to our trip, turning it into an eighteen hour adventure. However, it never lagged for us and we all had conversations and stories to share. The music festival wasn’t just about the experience of the music (which was definitely amazing), but also involved the journey, the vendors, the people, the food, and everything Grant Park had to offer us. By the next day, I had received a text message from at least everyone about going to Lollapalooza together next year.
My Wife, My Son, and I got to attend Lolla last year!!! We did the VIP package for the A/C'd washrooms, the shade, and seats. PLUS my Son is able to get in free of charge until he is 10!! Unlike those other "Festivals", thanks by the way!! It was my 4th time. 1993, 1994, and 2009 being the others. We worked real hard to save up for this trip from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada. It was one of the most memorable experiences for my Family and myself!!! My 5 year old son got to hang out at Kidzapalooza, bang some drums, do some coloring, play some games, get a tattoo and sport a full blown MOHAWK!!! My son always talks about his trip to Chicago, we all do. He also got to see, Lady GaGa, DEVO, Social Distortion, Green Day, Gogol Bordello, Cypress Hill, and a freshly Re-united SOUNDGARDEN!!! How many people can say that....... "When I was 5 I got to see SOUNDGARDEN at Lolla 2010!!!" Yes, I was LUCKY aswell!!! We were able to take in Lolla's sites and sounds with a carefree attitude do due to the AWESOME people in attendance and the hard work of Security. The VIBE at Lolla is PURE and FRIENDLY........ AUTHENTIC!!! WE were blown away!!! We were hoping to make it down this year again, but I am currently laid up with a back injury, I am having an artificial implant placed between my L4 and L5 vertabrae. So I am off until the procedure can be done which is in September. I am mobile, but my working environment demands alot from me physically. I am a Process Operator in a Coal Mine. Lots of shoveling and heavy lifting......... which is why I find myself in this situation, LOL!! PLUS my Wife Jennifer is off work rite now aswell. She is on Maternity Leave from work.......... ITS ANOTHER HEALTHY BOY!!!! She has been off since March 31st of this year. We both work for the same Company, but different operations. I am a lucky man Perry!!! I have 2 HEALTHY children!!! And a LOVING WIFE. I got it MADE!!! Sounds like I am bragging..... SNAP!!! Oh well!! I realize that this contest is for ONE package and that is fine I am sure we can rustle up the rest on our own.........Thanks for reading this!! RESPEKT!!! PS my image can not be uploaded, but if you check out the youtube link the I have shared you'll notice a super huge smile at 3:04 into the video!
After hearing all the crazy and fun stories I've heard from my friends, i finally decided i needed to experience Lolla. Last year, was my first year attending the 3-day festival. My two best friends convinced me it was worth the money and that there was nothing like it. The first day i saw Lady Gaga; we were really close. I felt like Gaga, alone, was worth the $215. Perry was favorite stage because of the awesome house/dance music. Kaskade and Rusko were amazing. So after the three long and exciting days, i decided that i will never again miss Lollapalooza.
After such an incredible mind blowing first experience at Lolla...I knew I had to return. I was ecstatic to receive Lolla's e-mail with early bird sales coming soon...of course now that I was working...missed out on purchase timing...but that did not deter me from my mission! Spring was in the air and Metric, The Black Keys, and Lady Gaga were beating like a hammer as they tightened up over the telephone over all other artists on the airwaves request line. As soon as I learned they were going to play at Lolla...I purchased ticket and flight without an afterthought. I was thrilled and could not wait to return...the days, weeks, months dragged on...until finally I found myself once again at O'Hare...in my kind of town! Arrived early to run the Chicago 1/2 marathon...no pain no gain...and rewarded myself with Lolla all the way. As a veteran, for my 2nd year, decided to take a little bit more relaxed attitude...partake in green recycling crew, album signature tent area, and other options without sacrificing true purpose. It was well worth it...to have Metric sign CD cover...and tell them in person how great their album was/is. Besides above, catching The XX, Raphael Saadiq, Dragonette, Los Amigos Invisibles, MGMT, B.O.B., Balkan Beat Box, Spoon, Phoenix...(gasp for breathe) an amazing experience once again! Returning to feel the thunderous vibes like a long lost animal returning home to their sanctuary. I have no digital memories of my own, as I was the unfortunate victim of a purse snatcher, but whenever I hear a song from any of the above artists...to this day...and forever more, no doubt, brings a smile from ear to ear to my face...as it reminds me of Lolla! Lolla you recharge my batteries year in and year out...as I know not how (nor do I want) to bid you adieu. This upcoming 20th Anniversary will rock everyone's world like nothing ever felt before...and I want to be there to share and celebrate another musical milestone with yet another great lineup for an out of this world experience...thrice again...and I simply can not wait!!! -I heart Lolla-
Lollapalooza showed its willingness to take big risks to please fans in 2010. The consequent decision to include both Green Day (who also performed in the 1994 tour) and pop sensation Lady Gaga – a 2007 Lolla veteran – as headliners was deemed a controversial choice by many at the time. But the festival’s gamble paid off, as her performance ultimately won a mountain of praise and a boatload of buzz.
With a lineup that also showcased rockers The Strokes, indie-ensemble – and 2005 Lolla veterans – Arcade Fire, critical darlings The National, and rappers Cypress Hill, 2010’s Lollapalooza was an smoldering supernova of pop, hip-hop and rock acts. Following in the footsteps of fellow 90s rockers Jane’s Addiction, grunge pioneers Soundgarden became the second band to headline three Lollapaloozas (reprising appearances from 1992 and 1996). Perry’s came into its own, garnering attention for its killer lineup and huge crowds that came to catch bleeding-edge beats from artists like Empire of the Sun, Digitalism, and Kidz in the Hall.
Providing energy for hungry fest-goers, Lollapalooza’s food court, christened ChowTown, was tastefully curated by renowned Chicago chef Graham Elliott, putting affordable, local, and deliciously unique flavors of several of the city’s favorite restaurants in fans’ hands.
Just three years after her performance on one of Lolla’s side stages with her then sidekick Lady Starlight, Lady Gaga rode into Lollapalooza 2010 during the height of her Monster Ball tour as one of the festival’s headliners. She’s come a long way, baby.