|Photo by Erik Hess|
BY ERIK THOMPSON
The 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many people were wishing they had just the record heat to contend with when the storm clouds rolled in.
At about 3:30 p.m., word began circulating the grounds that bad weather was approaching, and that performances would be suspended. Indie rockers Chairlift, the blues reinventors Alabama Shakes, and pop-rapper B.o.B were all casualties of what turned out to be close to three hours of a warranted rain delay.
In a statement from Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza: "Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff, and artists. We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first."
According to on-site reports from Gimme Noise editor Reed Fischer, heavy rain came down in sheets, soaking Grant Park and the surrounding areas. The grounds were being cleared, but it was a slow process, with many attendees being reluctant to leave. There were a lot of long faces and despondent looks on the fans that were being evacuated.
Here are some first-hand photos of the Lollapalooza evacuation process from Erik Hess:
Many of the updates and rumors that circulated over the afternoon came from Twitter.
Turn the page for Twitter updates from Flea of the Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Frank Ocean, Chicago Tribune
music writer Greg Kot, and the official Lollapalooza Twitter account,
as well as an overhead shot of the evacuation process.