It was a first for Lollapalooza yesterday as the festival was evacuated while severe storms with the possibility of winds in excess of 70 mph edged closer to the city. With the rash of recent deaths and injuries at music festivals due to weather related mishaps, it is no surprise a decision was made to evacuate the grounds. This meant that more than 60,000 fans and 3,000 staff surged on to the city streets and into pre-planned shelters in underground parking lots to wait out the lightning, rain and wind. The city of Chicago reported that Lollapalooza's first ever evacuation was completed in 38 minutes.
There was also music on Saturday. Before the rains came, soul singer Aloe Blacc, better known in Europe although he is from the US, delivered a pleasing set in the early afternoon. After the rain, fun. energetically took the stage, but they were hobbled by a problematic sound system. Calvin Harris drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend so far, but many seemed to leave nearly halfway through his set as the DJ program included only his Rihanna collaboration "We Found Love" and his solo effort "Feel So Close" as major hits to engage the crowd. My evening closed with a powerful performance from Swedish DJ Avicii. Perched atop a giant sculpted head, the set kicked off with his massive club hit "Levels" and never let down. The 22 year old ably demonstrated why he is regularly listed among the top 10 DJs in the world today.
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