The second day of Lollapalooza was suspended just a few hours into the festival due to dangerous weather conditions. Just as the bands FIDLAR Delta Spirit, and GIVERS were prepping the crowd for another great day of music, looming clouds and forecasts of strong winds of up to 70 mph began surfacing. Festival promoters were very cautious to protect the attendees just as much as the performers, especially in light of recent weather-related accidents at various shows. Thunderstorms were approaching the Chicago area rapidly as the crowds were evacuated from the festival site at Grant Park around 3:30 in the afternoon. Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza stated, “Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists. We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first.”
Weather played a role in 6 casualties during a Sugarland concert in Indianapolis last year and five people’s lives were lost in Belgium during a storm that toppled a stage at the Pukkelpop Festival.
The event reopened early evening at 6p/CST with an updated schedule to accommodate some of the bands. The curfew was extended by Chicago officials in light of the rain delay.