For the first time in Lollapalooza history, rain forced the evacuation of over 70,000 people from Grand Park as howling winds up to 70 MPH, whipping rain and dangerous lighting rolled through Downtown Chicago Saturday afternoon for day two. The challenge of evacuating the masses was no small task, announcements were made from all stages. Three evacuation locations were set up to receive the incoming traffic, as were, albeit unwillingly, the hotels across the street from Grant Park.
The festivals remarkable social media integration proved to be a key factor in keeping concert goers informed with the event status. Utilizing Facebook, Twitter and their own custom Lollapalooza Android and IPhone App, they were able to push updates to their over 100k followers.
ATTENTION: Serious weather is about to hit Grant Park. ALL festival goers must evacuate IMMEDIATELY. Head to our 3 evacuation locations NOW.— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 4, 2012
The festival organizers Fresh And Clean Media and C3 Presents handled the evacuation quite professionally, there were no reported cases of an unruly crowd. Everyone retreated during the storm, waiting to get the "All Clear" from Lolla.
The all clear came at 6pm when the gates reopened in Downtown Chicago to the Star Wars Theme (The same theme they used the first day the gates open). It was as if someone had pushed the "Reset Button" and we were all coming into a fresh day of music, food, and fun. Since at least 70% of the festival was outside waiting to get in all at once, the normal wristband scrutiny was thrown out the window. The loose gates allowed many a non ticket holders the chance to experience #Lolla, perhaps they bought a t-shirt or Lobster Corn Dog, we can only pray
Sorry Chicago, we were really pumped to play for you all but the storm had other plans. We will be back to make it up for you!— Alabama Shakes (@Alabama_Shakes) August 5, 2012
Some not so lucky artists were bumped off the bill due to the weather delay. Alabama Shakes who's popularity has been growing since the April release of Boys & Girls, along with notable TV appearances were among the list of of mother nature’s fury. The Temper Trap another crowd favorite was also bumped from the 3 day extravaganza. They performed later that night at Park West in Lincoln Park.
Earlier in the day the sun was shining and the early attending crowds were treated to San Diego's Delta Spirit Performing songs from History From Below, Waits Room and their self-titled effort that was released this past March. Showing an amazing effort on the Bud Light Stage, the festivals 2nd largest, was Franz Ferdinand with a great set list and melodic rhythm they look and felt like a headliner. Since the evacuation ate up prime time hours on the schedule, the City of Chicago granted a curfew extension to 10:45pm (An extra 45 minutes) at 9:03pm at long last the performance from Day 2's headliners The Red Hot Chilli Peppers proved to be just what the doctor ordered. With chart toping radio hits you heard first on 103.1 The Buzz. such as newer favorites "Look Around", " Monarchy of Roses", and classics such as "Can't Stop,", "Otherside,", "Suck My Kiss", "Around the World", "Snow (Hey Oh)," and of course "Under The Bridge"
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