Things I’ve Noticed at Lollapalooza

August 3, 2008

Over the course of the festival, which is 2/3 of the way over, I’ve noticed a few things. Instead of putting them as small little quips in a few articles, I’ve decided to pile them into an article of their own

  1. Wet Wristband Syndrome- I’m sure the organizers of Lollapalooza spent plenty of time deciding on the design and fabric of the 3-day wristbands. Apparently, a bracelet made out of the same material as the part of a tie used to hold the smaller section in place, the newly dubbed “little-part holder”, was the best they could come up with. And I can understand that; it’s a very green concert, trying to save the world by skimping out on bracelets for the patrons that paid $200 a pop. But why make it out of a fabric that would stay wet? 
  2. English Mustache- There seems to be a large influx of Redcoat-mustachioed artists, from the keyboardist in Rogue Wave to the ringleader of Gogol Bordello. I love the 1890s.


Figure 1

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3. Substances- I’ve never been around so many substances in my life. People are smoking weed, not only as though it was it’s legal, but as if it was a tax incentive. There must be 10,000 gallons of beer consumed every day. I thought cigarettes were going out of fashion, due to strict city laws with restaurants and what not. Apparently, this isn’t the case. Everyone and their mother is chainsmoking throughout the day.

3a. Drunk People- There are two types of people: Kind spirited people, just around to have a good time, and Angry People, who think the world is out to get them, so they are out to get the world. This sectioning of people translates to those under the influence of alcohol. There are nice drunk people and then there are fucking assholes. And there are PLENTY of both at Lollapalooza. For an example of both, during Kanye West, I stood next to a bandana-wearing Cincinnatian. He was absolutely gone, but loved Kanye West and was really in the moment. Him during Gold Digger:

18 years, 18 yeah…
Shes one…..18 years
I know somebody playing child for for one of his kids

For him, it was an A for Effort situation.

Sometime during the middle of the show, a trucker-hat wearing, Pirate Steve look-a-like came through.

Sorry dude, I don’t mean no bullshit. I’m just trying to get to the front.

Really? Cause we’re not. For him, it was an A for Asshole situation.


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