A good time was had and a good dead done. Through the mud and rain at Lollapalooza 2012 shone one particularly nice moment. DoSomething.org and VH1’s Save The Music Foundation put together a Battle Of The Bands contest that pitted bands from all over the nation against each other for the chance to win the $5,000 grand prize and a set at this years Lollapalooza. This year’s winners were Point To infinity from Houston, TX, and they got to rock out on the very same stage as fun. and Frank Ocean. Afterwards, Point To Inifnity’s Richie Choung said that the show was “literally my best and favorite experience in my life EVER!” Literally the best “EVER!” How’s that for a reason to save the music?
New York rapper Outasight introduced the band, and we are glad it was him because, when we caught up with him afterwards to talk about the charities he supports, he told us — neither coached nor bribed! — that he would love to help provide music programs for kids like Save The Music does. “Back in the day kids used to have to play an instrument, mandatory,” he said, sad that “Those days are long gone.” He also shared that he supports a charity called Autism Speaks, which provides help for families who have autistic children. Find out more about them at their site, AutismSpeaks.org.
Check out pictures from Point To Infinity’s performance below. Read more…
It’s no secret that people really cut loose at festivals – nobody bats a lash at someone dancing all by their lonesome in the middle of a field, beer or joint in hand, cares to the wind. These precious moments of free spirit so often go unnoticed that we could think of no better way to make you feel like you were at Lollapalooza 2012 than to bring you a GIF wall of concertgoers getting down. Movin’ it, shakin’ it, droppin’ it, and yes, fist pumpin’ it. We challenge you not to smile while checking out the sweet, sweet dance moves of Lolla’s finest.
Anyone who is anyone who was at Lollapalooza this past weekend talked to VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer. Or maybe Jim Shearer just made sure to talk to anyone who is anyone who was at Lollapalooza this past weekend, so as to provide you with as thorough a recap of what went down as ever was. Really, the above five minutes tell the whole story: he got Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to laugh, Gaslight Anthem to punch him, fun. to talk about their summer jams, Aaron Paul to spoil Breaking Bad season 5 part 2 (just kidding!), Chairlift mourning their rained-out set, and he even gained access to headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers — well, the sign on their trailer. Very fun, and not a moment un-capped. Check it out!
Mother Nature cut Lollapalooza concertgoers a break for the third and final day of music/debauchery, delivering bright sunshine and a breeze. The stinkier-by-the-minute mud pits lingered, though, and the filth-lovers of the crowd wasted no time jumping right in. It was a day of dream fulfillment, surprise cameos, and of course, plenty of ear candy.
Outasight stopped by VH1 in a jovial post-show mood. He kindly took the time to chat with VH1 News’ Janell Snowden. Stay tuned for the interview!
I was reluctant to venture back into the chaos that was Perry’s stage, but duty called, as did Swedish electronica band Little Dragon. The stylish frontwoman Yukimi Nagano worked her tambourine like a boss and the dancing fans ate it right up as a conga line of various blow-up creatures bounced above their heads.
You may be surprised, given her vicious flow at the end of the above video, but Karmin‘s Amy Heidemann was not born rapping. Rather, she was born to a Christian family in a small town in Nebraska where “it was hard to get my hands on the really good rap.” It took a thoughtful middle school boyfriend who included a little Dr. Dre his mixtapes and a lot of elbow grease. “I did a lot of studying, a lot of imitating,” Heidemann admitted, when we caught up with her at the “Women Who Rock” Showcase during the rainy Lollapalooza weekend. The pop duo played an after-party for Rolling Stone and then Heidemann did a little spitting just for us, to prove that all the hard work has paid off. And it’s clear that she’s a natural “Ringer” — a rapping singer — who can “Karminize” just about anything on the spot. World, watch out!
“This next song I am going to play I guess is pretty important to me because of some of the things I’ve said in the past month. Just kind of taking some freedom for my self, you know?” announced Frank Ocean at his Lollapalooza set this weekend, to a crowd soggy from the rain but in high-spirits nonetheless. And, mostly still at the front of the stage, wearing what seems to be his Channel Orange uniform — a crimson cardigan and a red, white and blue handkerchief around his forehead — he performed “Bad Religion,” a harrowing love song that has also come to mark his coming-out. The rain delay had pushed Ocean’s set back in the night, meaning he would have to compete with headlining sets from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Avicii sets. The promise of such intimacy and emotion were enough, though, to draw an audience. “I am grateful for that love,” he said, and the crowd roared.
What started off as a suffocatingly hot and humid Day Two at Lollapalooza turned into a mud bath by dinnertime. The Lollapalooza Evacuation 2012 commenced around 3PM when severe thunderstorms threatened the safety of the shelterless attendees. While initial reactions to the enforced mass exodus were confusion, anger and sulking, it was very obvious how everyone soothed their frustration. Booze. Lots of booze. Let’s recap the wet ‘n’ wild Saturday, kicking off with the single show I saw before the storm. And I’m so glad I did.
The Givers are the kind of band that makes a crowd happily throw their hands in the air, hop around and sing any lyric they know. Fans got particularly riled up during a lively rendition of “Up Up Up” and it didn’t go unnoticed by band members Tiffany Lamson and Taylor Guarisco. The Louisiana-based group repeatedly stressed how grateful they were to be performing at Lollapalooza. They gave (see what I did there) a spirited performance that surely pleased fans and won over some new ones.
Chairlift was next on the docket for the same stage but unfortunately ended up being one of the shows canceled. Cue three hour rain delay and the soaking of my moccasins.
While waiting to hop in the photo pit for Chairlift, word got around that their performance would be delayed. We photogs looked up to the gray but not super threatening clouds and figured it’d be a half hour or so. Nope, turns out, all 90,000 attendees were being very reluctantly shuffled off the grounds. Unsurprisingly, many a youngster pouted and sat on the curb, tutus splayed out and beers in hand. About 30 minutes later, the skies opened and all were cleansed of their face paint and body glitter.
Doors just reopened, so we’re heading back into the very muddy trenches for a few more shows, including Calvin Harris and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. More rain is likely…hoping to nab a neon poncho on the way over.
The 100-degree heat index did not deter 90,000 mostly-young people from descending upon Grant Park in their finest fringed crop tops, body glitter and neon cutoffseverything. There was a visible “sweat cloud” lingering over the crowd, but that didn’t stop anyone from dancing their hearts out and jamming to some of the hottest names in rock, electropop and dubstep. As I mainline coffee and chug gallons of water in preparation for Day Two, allow me to review some of the uber-sweaty highlights, accompanied by GIFs, naturally.
From the glisten of her sequined top to the slick sweat on her legs, Metric‘s Emily Haines shined in both appearance and performance. With seemingly impossible energy, Haines ran around the stage with a tambourine, belting out some vintage (and by vintage, we mean 2003) goodies like “Dead Disco” to new gems like “Lost Kitten” from this year’s Synthetica.