Lollapalooza concert-goers got a big surprise last night. Due to severe weather, Lollapalooza staff asked around 400,000 fans to evacuate. Artists were mid-song when the announcement came out, and as of right now, people are unsure as to whether or not the announcement will affect the rest of the festival.
The festival takes place annually at Chicago’s Grant Park. First launching back in 1991, it’s included an array of different musical talents. This year, headliners included acts like Lorde and Muse, both of whom were on stage when the announcement came in at approximately 9 p.m. last night. The cause of the evacuation is due to weather.
One fan named Jeff Benjamin, who also works as the senior digital editor at Fuse, captured video of Lorde apologizing after hearing she’d have to cut her set short.
Lorde also made note of the cancelation on Twitter, stating that she was “gutted.”
At the very least, she should know that her fans appreciated the brief amount of time they got to see her.
Matt Bellamy from Muse also made a statement about the evacuation.
Yesterday marked the first day of the festival. Artists like Chance the Rapper, Arcade Fire, The Shins, The Killers, and Ryan Adams were expected to play both tonight and throughout this upcoming weekend.
While Lollapalooza mentioned the weather through a Twitter update, they didn’t announce the evacuation through the social media site—nor have they, at the time of publication, announced what to expect for the next few days.
The Chicago Tribunehas reported that as of now, the festival is expected to continue on as planned. Fingers crossed that they’re right.
This isn’t the first time that weather has stopped the festival from happening. Back in 2015, the festival ended a little earlier than anticipated due to heavy rain.
No matter what, we’re hoping for nothing but clear skies from here on out.