Sunday marked the beginning of the end for Lollapalooza 2022.
It also marked the hottest day of the festival, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees, and the scorching sun only intensified the sweltering conditions.
But it wasn’t just the weather that turned up the heat, with a psychedelic set from Djo, an appearance by Chicago’s Beach Bunny and a visit from punk-rock legends Green Day.
Learn more about the hottest sets from the last day of Lollapalooza 2022.
Habstrakt Keeps The EDM Good Vibes On The Last Day Of Lollapalooza
Drew Turqueville and Keith Franklin, friends from Tupelo, Mississippi, were breaking into the dance when French DJ and house artist Habstrakt performed on Sunday afternoon.
Turqueville, in a tie-dye pink shirt at the “Perry’s” venue, said he loves EDM and has been coming to shows on the Solana x Perry stage all week.
Raising their hands in the air, jumping, locking and leaping, the duo looked like they were having fun as Habstrakt played a solid house set that included new songs like “Outer Space”.
“I raged for the last four days,” Turqueville said happily.
Solana x Perry’s, the major EDM music venue in Lollapalooza, has been partying all week. The beats can be heard by all who pass by, as dancers and moshers kick up dust on the baseball field that occupies the front space.
Turqueville said the energy on stage was good, adding: “It’s always good – except for the pickpockets last night.”
He told how a thief stole a friend’s phone, which unfortunately is a relatively common occurrence in Lollapalooza so far.
“Everything else is great here,” he added.
Franklin agreed with Turqueville on the Habstrast show, calling it “great”.
“I loved it,” he said. “It was just awesome. Good atmosphere man.
Djo transports listeners through neo-psychedelia, rock ‘n’ roll
Djo kicked off his neo-psychedelic set on the Bud Light Setlzer stage in the scorching afternoon sun. It started with a long instrumental intro before moving on to “Tentpole Shangrila” from his 2019 album, “Twenty Twenty.”
Other songs played include “Personal Lies”, “Ring” and an unreleased song about Keery’s experience living in Chicago, the city where he earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University.
“This song is about Chicago,” Djo said. “This song is about living here and being here and reminiscing about a good time.”
Jaclyn Smiesko and Jordan Tarver of Oswego, Illinois, said their love for Djo — or Joe Keery, known for his work as Steve Harrington in the sci-fi series ‘Stranger Things’ — was the reason they watched his afternoon unfold at the Bud Light Seltzer stage.
Being the duo’s first set of the day, Tarver said she hoped Djo would start their Sunday “with a bang”, although they added that the artist seemed to give off “relaxing vibes”.
“He does that, he gives more chill, more craziness,” Smiesko said. “He sings a lot of sad songs.”
But if Smiesko and Tarver thought Djo’s music gave off relaxing vibes, the artist’s latest track, “Flash Mountain,” was anything but. It leaned more towards a traditional rock ‘n’ roll song, with fast-paced drums and heavier, heightened guitar riffs.
After the electrifying conclusion of Djo’s set, he thanked the crowd and the city of Chicago itself.
“I love you forever Chicago,” Djo said. “You are the best.”
Beach Bunny plays an interactive set on the Coinbase stage
Chicago’s own indie-pop superstar, Beach Bunny, took the Coinbase stage on Sunday night with a set featuring tunes from his early hits and latest album, “Emotional Creature,” released on July 22.
Poppy Dworak started listening to the band in 2019, and one of her favorite Beach Bunny tracks is “Rearview” from the band’s debut album, “Honeymoon.”
From Dworak’s previous experience seeing the band perform live, she recalled how conscientious the band was towards their fans, always making sure audience members stayed safe and had a good time. .
“They’re quite interactive with the crowd, which is cool,” she said. “They have a good stage presence. They like to see everyone having a good time. They make sure everyone is safe, which I know is a big thing these days.
Singer Lili Trifilio stayed true to Dworak’s promise. Throughout the set, she frequently addressed the audience standing in the sunny grass of Grant Park, asking them to jump in and check on their well-being.
“Is everyone still having fun?” asked Trifilio. “Does anyone want to pass out or anything?” OK, we’re good.
At one point, Trifilio’s brother Steve took the stage to play guitar on Beach Bunny’s hits ‘Prom Queen’ and ‘Sports’, both of which were well received by festival-goers who sang loudly the words and danced together.
Other tracks on the band’s setlist included “Nice Guys”, “Dream Boy” and luckily for Dworak “Rearview”. Before the start of the set’s final song, “Painkiller,” Trifilio asked audience members to put themselves on their shoulders, many of whom happily complied.
As Beach Bunny played its last tune of the evening, some audience members perched on the shoulders of others, while those still on the ground danced and sang along to the tune.
Green Day ends Lollapalooza 2022 on a high note at T-Mobile Stadium
Father-daughter duo Brent and Millie Perrou braved the 13-hour drive from the Washington DC area to visit family members in Chicago and, of course, see two of Sunday’s headliners, one being Green Day’s set on the T-Mobile stage.
Brent said he’s been listening to Green Day for more than 20 years, adding he appreciates singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s take on American society.
“I like his statement about our society. He often does that in a lot of his songs,” Brent said. “We share similar views, and I think he kind of likes to poke fun at laziness. American music and all that kind of stuff, so it’s fun to watch. It’s fun to listen to.
Millie said she hoped the band would play one of her favorite songs, “Minority,” before she and Brent left the band early to see J-Hope perform on the Bud Light Seltzer stage.
Green Day started his set well, performing popular tunes like “American Idiot”, “Holiday” and “Know Your Enemy”. At one point during “Know Your Enemy,” Armstrong called out to a fan onstage, saying, “Get your ass up here,” and the two shared a heartwarming hug before singing the lyrics to the song’s chorus together.
As the set progressed, a steady stream of people filled the south side of Grant Park, with the crowd becoming almost too thick to pass through. Green Day seemed to revel in their growing following as the band continued their setlist with tracks like “Longview”, “Hitchin’ A Ride” and “Rock and Roll All Nite”.
The legendary punk-rock band closed not only their set, but also Lollapalooza 2022 on the T-Mobile stage, with a fireworks display.
Like dozens of other fans who came to see KPOP superstar J-Hope perform a nightly show on Lollapalooza’s Bud Light Seltzer stage, Marina Her arrived early, very early.
She, who was on the Bud Light Seltzer stage nearly five hours before J-Hope’s 8:50 p.m. set, spoke up after hearing DJ and actor Joe Keery perform under the stage name DJO.
“It’s my first music festival, but I’m here to see J-Hope.”
She, a longtime fan of the K-pop rapper, even before boy group BTS’ high-profile hiatus that led to J-Hope going solo, said they started following BTS in 2013 when the group debuted and that they had seen them live in 2017.
She added that they were there to “support” J-Hope on his first solo outing, even as he takes a musical turn towards a more “old-school” hip-hop style.
Although “Army’s” – as BTS and J-Hope fans often refer to themselves – started early in the day to ensure they had a space on the grass to see their beloved artist. , people really started to crowd in about an hour before the show. Perhaps in recognition of the popularity and anticipation surrounding the show, Lollapalooza announced earlier today that they would be moving the start time from 9:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.
Fans waved flashlight contraptions called “Army Bombs” which they waved through the air in unison during and before the show, sending a coordinated response of support for the artist who would become the first Korean musician to to headline a major American music festival.
What was as much of a story as the show, which saw J-Hope rap songs like “More,” “Pandora’s box,” and “Arson” in a combination of Korean and English, was the appearance of the mayor of Chicago. Lori Lightfoot at the start of the show.
Introduced by Lollapalooza organizer Perry Farrel, Lightfoot announced, “by fiat” (as she unfurled a scroll) that the city had signed an agreement to keep Lollapalooza in Chicago for the next 10 years.
“People said to me, ‘Mayor, we love Lolla, this is the best thing ever,'” Lightfootoot shouted to a cheering crowd.
“I agree. So I’m here to tell you, by decree, we’re going to make sure Lolla continues in the future.
Lightfoot unrolled the scroll, which showed a map with all of Lolla’s next 10 years mapped out.
“Thank you and have fun tonight, and give J-Hope a great welcome to Chicago!” she added before leaving the stage.