Performances by headliners were cut short
The first night of Lollapalooza was evacuated from Chicago’s Grant Park due to severe weather.
Organizers of the music festival ordered the evacuation shortly after 9 p.m. local time, while performances from headliners Lorde and Muse were just getting underway. The performances would not resume, organizers announced.
Lorde, who performed a few songs in pouring rain before being pulled from the stage, shared her disappointment on Twitter. “I am so gutted guys i don’t know what to tell you,” she wrote.
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy also tweeted that the band was “gutted,” adding, “City/police made us leave the stage tonight 3 songs in at #Lollapalooza. Due to weather/lightning. Nightmare!”
Attendees expressed dismay and surprise on social media while sharing photos and videos of the commotion. See selected reactions below.
Lollapalooza was initially scheduled to run through Sunday; organizers have not yet announced whether the remaining dates will be affected.