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Lollapalooza 2013: The Winners & Losers

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Brooke’s Winners and Losers

Day 1 – Friday, August 2nd

Winners

  • Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons cutting in line in front of me for the Port-O-Let and making small talk
  • The Killers’ version of “Shadowplay
  • Cora Lorentz’s head banging (she’s a rockstar)
  • Waiting in line for a golf cart ride next to Shaun White
  • Flux Pavilion being British

Losers

  • The early morning rain that led to mud everywhere
  • Lakeshore stage’s generator wetting the bed during Imagine Dragons’ set
  • Me for not treating Lolla like a physical activity and forgetting to stretch before and after

Day 2 – Saturday, August 3rd

Winners

  • Matt & Kim’s hip hop samples and aftershow at The Vic
  • Robert DeLong’s drumming skills
  • Este Haim’s bass face
  • HAIM in general

Losers

  • Basketball Jerseys
  • Middle School Reunions
  • People jumping fences to break into Lollapalooza…proceeding to run my direction
  • Death Grips…that’s all I have to say

Day 3 – Sunday, August 4th

Winners

  • 2 Chainz
  • Sunscreen
  • Canadians (Tegan and Sara, Half Moon Run)
  • Cats (Cat shirts everywhere and Cat Power headlining)
  • The weather!!!
  • Bella Bacinos pizza—a god send when you have had nothing but granola bars and Smart Pop

Losers

  • 1 chain
  • Two Door Cinema Club and Tegan and Sara playing the same time slot at opposite ends of the park
  • Me for missing The Mowgli’s

Overall Winners

  • Sisters (Court Yard Hounds, HAIM, Tegan and Sara)
  • Laaaadddiiiieeesss (Lady Power all around this year)
  • Red Bull
Cora Lorentz DancingImagine Dragons at LollapaloozaMatt & Kim at LollapaloozaHAIM at Lollapalooza

Nelson’s Winners and Losers

Day 1 – Friday, August 2nd

Winners

  • Lollapalooza Day-Parties (Best way to see bands up close, in AC, with free drinks, food and swag.)
  • Getting wristbands to attend after parties.
  • Disclosure for capturing my attention while attempting to go see someone else. You won.
  • All Access wristband which grants me access to clean air-conditioned bathrooms.

Losers

  • Rain = Mud
  • Theophilus London cutting most of his songs short just because he wasn’t feeling it.
  • Girl puking, taking two steps and puking again, taking another 5 steps and puking again. It was 2pm, day one. Gross! Pace yourself!
  • Getting invited to too many after parties when you’re so tired you can barely make it to one.

Day 2 – Saturday, August 3rd

Winners

  • Getting to see the Mowgli’s up close and personal at the CK1 Lounge before Lolla.
  • Local Natives cover of Talking Heads’s “Warning Signs”. Nicely done!
  • Ellie Goulding Live!
  • Guy in a wheelchair crowd surfing all the way to the front row viewing area during Kendrick Lamar’s set!

Losers

  • In the battle of who’s most annoying between Hipsters, vs Dude bros, Dude bros win hands down.
  • Ridiculous Lines… Lines for food, lines for bathrooms, line to charge your phone at the Mophie Relax and Recharge booth.
  • Me for not getting to “Harlem Shake” with thousands of Baauer Fans.
  • Me for missing Postal Service’s last performance ever to go see Mumford and Son’s not last performance.

Day 3 – Sunday, August 4th

Winners

  • The weather. Finally blue skies and breezy.
  • Catching the beginning of Tegan and Sara then taking a golf cart to the other end of the festival to catch the end of Two Door Cinema Club.
  • The city of Chicago as a backdrop. Wow!
  • Me for not missing The Cure to see Phoenix whom I’ve seen twice already.

Losers

  • Bodies laid out across the festival grounds as if it’s the end of the world.
  • Kid sleeping in Porta Potty.
  • Dude Bros in speedos in close quarters to you in the crowd.
  • My body, I’m getting too old for this…

Overall Winners

  • Randomly bumping into friends you weren’t expecting to see.
  • All access wristband.
  • Wired Mics, especially Shure SM58′s and KSM9′s for dominating most of the stages.
  • Perry’s Stage and EDM for it’s continual popularity growth year over year.
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Cory’s Winners and Losers

Winners

  • Getting to catch up with new endorsers The Neighbourhood and hear about how much they’re loving their new Shure gear and what a difference it’s made.
  • Ralph from Ralph’s World performing at Kidsapalooza in his Shure shirt
  • Hanging with Matt & Kim before their over-capacity gig at the Petrillo stage
  • Hanging at FOH to watch Phoenix put on an epic performance using their custom chrome SM58s
  • The Artist Lounge(s) – a nice break from the masses
  • The Lolla Lounge(s) – a resort amongst the madness
  • Memorable performances from The National, Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding, Alex Clare
  • The Fest Shuttle

Losers

  • The WAY too intense event staff – I just had a question, not trying to get somewhere I don’t belong
  • The weak points that made it way too easy for gate crashers (Lolla Lounge, Artist Lounges)
  • Gate crashers – Go buy a ticket and save yourself the jail time, fines and criminal record
  • The lack of proper trash disposal – find a garbage can kids, let’s all help out a bit
Ralph with his Shure shirt Matt & Kim at Lollapalooza
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