Lollapalooza - Three Days, 30 Bands and a Little Street Style

My first Lollapalooza was 21 years ago! That first show in 1991 at Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, Ohio started my obsession with music festivals. My outstanding memory from that day was walking to my seats inside the pavilion for Nine Inch Nails and looking up at the lawn and watching a sea of people rush the pavilion past the barricades to fill the aisles. It was frankly a little terrifying, but I knew by the end of Jane's Addiction's set (which I watched from somewhere in the first five rows, because so many people had rushed the pavilion) that that wouldn't be my last Lolla. And it wasn't. At the end of it's initial run in 1997, I only missed two years. And when the festival revived itself in 2003, I was there.

As I got ready for this year's three-day extravaganza, things were no different than they were all those years ago. I'm prepared. I'm a planner. I knew who I wanted to see (Metric, Franz Ferdinand, White Rabbits, Of Monsters and Men, Santigold), who I could miss (mainly because I'd seen them before) and who I had to see no matter what (Childish Gambino, Sigur Ros, The Shins, Florence & the Machine, The Black Keys). By Sunday, we had seen 30 bands in three day. And it was strangely relaxing. But how could I not relax when I got to sit and enjoy this view for three days?!

Lolla Lounge

The Chicago skyline from the Lolla Lounge.

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.

The best part of Lollapalooza and it's eight stages is if you don't like someone's set you can move on and check out someone else. In the process of all that walking, not only did I discover some great bands, like Dry the River and LP, I also got to do a whole lot of people watching. This was mainly a tank top, cut off denim shorts kind of crowd, but let's face it...it was freakin' hot!! I was regretting my choice of a linen romper on Day 2. Even in the luxury of an air-conditioned restroom trailer, that thing was no fun to button and unbutton in that heat. The one good thing that came out of that storm evacuation was my changing out of my romper and into some wellies and...well....denim shorts.

A last minute decision to throw these in my suitcase was a good one. Remember, I said I come prepared.

All that relaxing and music listening also meant I didn't take any good street style pics of my own, so I've picked some of my favorites from what I've seen online to share with you. These ladies definitely had their festival style covered.

Whether backstage or on stage, Florence Welch was stunning. Photo by Nina Westervell/MCV Photo for Refinery29.com.

This dress was major. Photo by Lauren Olson for VH1.

I wasn't the only one who remembered to pack her Hunters. Photo by Nina Westervell/MCV Photo for Refinery29.com.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Nashville-based photographer Heidi Jewell from Under the Guise on my very early flight to Chicago. She takes fabulous street style photos. Here are some of my favorites from her Elle UK Lollapalooza coverage.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Johanna and Klara from the band, First Aid Kit.  Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

I'm coveting these boots. Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

I'm already prepping for next year...wellies and all. See you then Lolla!