Lollapalooza attendees were forced to evacuate the festival grounds at Grant Park during the headlining sets of day one due to severe weather. The rain, lightning and thunder during the headlining sets posed too much of a threat so Lollapalooza opted to cut the headliners very early in their sets and force and evacuation to ensure the safety of the attendees.
Headliners Lorde and Muse had just started their sets and were only approximately three songs in when they were asked to leave the stage. Porter Robinson has been on for about half an hour closing out the Perry’s stage when the evacuation occurred.
While the first day of the event had an abrupt and unpleasant end, the four-day Chicago festival will resume today and through the weekend, hopefully without any more issues. The rest of the weekend will feature an incredibly stacked lineup including Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Justice, DJ Snake, Zeds Dead, Kaskade and countless others across eight stages.
Several acts took to social media including Lorde and Muse to express how heartbroken they are and how they will do their best to make up for the short shows, even though it clearly was not their fault. Check out the video of Lorde telling the crowd about the incident and more below:
— ABC News (@ABC) August 4, 2017
The remainder of performances have been canceled.
— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 4, 2017
— Festive Owl (@TheFestiveOwl) August 4, 2017