Lollapalooza 2013 boasts an incredible lineup and an even more incredible sellout time. Since I won’t be attending the festival, I’ve decided to enjoy the music from Maggie Daley park, convieniently located directly behind the Bud Light Stage and within viewing/listening distance of Petrillo Stage. While I won’t be able to enjoy all of the amazing acts Lollapalooza has to offer (unless I manage to sneak in again), you can find me dancing my ass off in the park on Saturday and Sunday. If you find yourself in Chicago without Lolla tickets, come join me for these amazing acts.
Matt & Kim – Block By Block (3:45-4:45 Saturday)
Matt & Kim are an energetic duo who always put on an amazing show. I was fortunate enough to see them at Bonarroo in 2011, and will be raging out in the park for their entire set on Saturday. Every single song is perfect dance material, but “Block by Block” is quite possibly the most energetic of them all, plus the music video is just amazing.
Ellie Goulding – Burn (4:45-5:45 Saturday)
Ellie is one of the numerous loves-of-my-life (see Grimes, Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira, the girls from Krewella, and every other musically and vocally talented female). I’m a fan of most of her discography, but her newest single “Burn” is a fantastic, fun song that everyone inside the festival will be dancing to, along with myself on the other side of the fence.
Kendrick Lamar – Money Trees (6:45-7:45 Saturday)
Kendrick has played a plethora of major festivals this year on the heels of the incredible good kid, m.A.A.d city, and for good reason. Kendrick is an amazing performer, and this show should be a cant-miss for both festival-goers and us peasants across the street. Don’t miss “Money Trees”, as the Beach House sample is the closest the unticketed will get to seeing them this weekend.
Postal Service – Such Great Heights (8:30-10:00 Saturday)
Postal Service is arguably one of the biggest shows of the weekend, and certainly the biggest on Saturday (I think everyone is pretty much over Mumford at this point). There will be plenty of aging hipsters trying to relive the glory days of Ben Gibbard in the park. There’s a good chance that Postal Service will close out the set with the timeless “Such Great Heights”, and a great chance that everyone will go crazy regardless of where in the set it’s played.
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (4:30-5:30 Sunday)
Two Door Cinema Club is the first show I’ll be dragging my hungover ass out of bed for on Sunday. Their entire catalogue is comprised of dance-friendly indie rock, and will be a great way to start the day. “Something Good Can Work” is a crowd favorite, and even though my heart will still be crushed from knowing that Tegan and Sara are playing the exact same time across the festival grounds, I’ll dance through the pain.
Vampire Weekend – Diane Young (6:30-7:45 Sunday)
Vampire Weekend is the artist I’m most looking forward to seeing all weekend, even if I manage to sneak in and get to see whoever I want. By this point in the evening the park of the uninvited should be pretty full of people ready to rock out to Vampire Weekend and Phoenix. I could have chosen any number of songs to highlight, but I still haven’t gotten “Diane Young” out of my head since it was released, and there’s no reason to think I ever will.
Phoenix – 1901 (8:30-10:00 Sunday)
If there’s one band that could even start to compete with my excitement for Vampire Weekend, it’s Phoenix. After taking a 45 minute break following the Vampire Weekend set (because who the fuck is RVSB?) I’ll be rested and ready to dance my ass off for the final 90 minutes of the festival I wasn’t allowed to attend. While their newest album wasn’t perfect, it’ll still be fun to hear, and here’s to hoping that most of their set is full of amazing cuts from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, like the always-perfect “1901”.