The rapper of the hour joined Future on a day that also featured a crowd-pleasing sets by M83, Cherub, and Griz.
Yet again, rain is on the Chicago weather forecast on Friday, the second day of Lollapalooza. The festival's social media team kept patrons updated on possible delays, and we were all biting our nails at the chance that we might not get to see M83, Future, or Radiohead. I got out there around 2 p.m., just in time to see Audien. Audien played the perfect set for Perry's stage, mixing lots of future bass and trap into his set. However, most of his performance was overshadowed by the immature behavior of the crowd. Everything you hear about obnoxious Lollapalooza Perry's stage viewers is true. Still, his set showed that he has the skill of versatility in his live performances.
Next, I saw RÜFÜS DU SOL at Pepsi stage, in the rain of course. They drew a large crowd to the wooded stage and put on a groovy show that kept the crowd moving. They closed with their single "You Were Right", which was the perfect way to end their set. Even though I had seen them a few times before, Cherub was next on my personal schedule. They get really into their own performances and sound just as great live as they do in the studio. Everyone singing along to "Dosas & Mimosas," which made the show feel like a party.
M83 was my favorite set of the night, they played such hits as "Do It, Try It" and "Midnight City," and the entire crowd was into it, collectively dancing along to every song. The visual production was well designed and colorful, which made the performance look even cooler. With Future touring with Drake on his Summer Sixteen tour (which just stopped in Chicago fro two nights this Tuesday and Wednesday), I half-expected Drake to come out during Future's performance. That didn't happen, but Future did not disappoint the Chicago audience and instead featured a guest appearance from Chicago native Chance The Rapper. Future also drew a massive crowd to Bud Light stage, as one of the more popular hip hop acts of the weekend.
Finally, I made my way over to Perry's stage once again for Griz and Martin Garrix. Griz is a unique talent, due to the fact that he incorporates live saxophone into his performances, which is uncommon for most electronic music acts. Garrix is one of the youngest producers in the industry at 20 years old. He has headlined festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival, but while his performance was high energy, it did not impress me or surprise me.
For more on Friday at Lollapalooza, see the Chicago Tribune's coverage.
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