Lollapalooza 2012, Day Two: Rain Can't Stop the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party or the Weeknd
Those opposed to the urban set-up of Lollapalooza often bemoan the weekend-long festival's lack of outdoor campgrounds and accompanying "vibes." Little did they know that by the end of Lolla 2012's second day, they would receive a Bonnaroo-sized injection of mud -- as well as people making the absolute most of it. More on that in a moment.
Saturday started innocently enough, as oppressive heat and humidity greeted fans still bleary-eyed from the previous day's marathon run of shows. Late lineup addition and hometown favorite Chief Keef started things off on the Perry's dance stage with a hype crew more than a dozen strong. Meanwhile, Los Angeles harmonizers Milo Greene offered up a set worthy of the acclaim preceding them, rewarding those who made the effort to get through the festival gates before noon.
On the other side of Grant Park, the hip-hop collective Doomtree delivered with large, ambient beats and a cerebral flow as the first wisps of clouds began to roll in. Impending Doomtree, indeed. In direct opposition to each other were sets by Brooklyn art-rockers Bear In Heaven and the fuzz-heavy roots-rock revivalists JEFF The Brotherhood. The heat and sun seemed to reach its apex as festivalgoers melted in order to catch some of their most anticipated acts. Not so much a high-temperature mark as it was a breaking point.
After a brief around-the-world tour of the 2pm sets by Delta Spirit, GIVERS, Moon Taxi and Aloe Blacc, the atmosphere inside and outside of Grant Park seemed to take on a slight hint of foreboding. While Neon Indian took the Sony stage for their mid-afternoon set, the clouds that had entirely blanketed the city of Chicago began to rapidly