Lollapalooza festival was the creation of Perry Farrell, frontman of Jane’s Addiction, as a farewell tour for his band.
Since 2005 has been one of the biggest annual festivals in the United States hosted in Grant Park, Chicago. In 2010 organisers announced that Lollapalooza would debut outside of the USA branching out to Santiago, Chile. Since then Lollapalooza has expanded the festival across the world, now annually hosting in Brazil, Argentina, Germany and France.
This year’s Lollapalooza festival in Paris was the first one to be held in the country at Hippodrome de Longchamp, a racecourse on July 21-22, 2017. The Weekend, Imagine Dragons, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Alt-J and Liam Gallagher were among some of the biggest names to perform and people flocked from all over the world to see them.
Thousands of festival goers made a beeline for Perry’s Stage to see DJ Snake, Marshmello, Martin Solveig, Oliver Heldens and Moksi who were some of the DJs who played the festival.
“There was a tropical themed shed.”
As well as the four main stages there were also smaller ones in what can best be described as themed garden sheds with a capacity of about 20 people max. There was a tropical themed shed with DJs playing funky house, techno and disco beats from dawn until dusk, and an Asian themed karaoke bar room. This was a cool and unique concept that you don’t get at most mainstream festivals.
In terms of performances, every artist we saw brought something unique because of the diversity of the line-up. Although the crowds were all quite tame even at the front Crystal Fighters brought some good vibes despite the rainy weather and got the whole crowd dancing to their upbeat sound. Then being in the presence of Lana Del Rey and hearing her trademark sombre sound and songs from her new album “Lust for Life” which was released the day before she performed was an amazing experience. There was also a set by grime artist Skepta, although, it was the first crowd I’d seen who the majority of didn’t know the words to “That’s not me.” Which let’s be honest, in the UK is unheard of.
A highlight of the festival had to be the measuring jugs of wine which were 20 Euros for a full bottle, in terms of festival prices not bad. The moment that the barman asked me how many glasses I wanted as I proceeded to drink it from the spout was priceless.
“The aim was to raise public awareness environmental issues.”
Something really inspiring about Lollapalooza was the efforts they went to to be an eco-friendly festival. They provided free shuttlebuses from all over Paris, aiming to reduce carbon emissions. Also available were free ashtrays, cheaper drinks for reusing your cups and create your own eco-friendly beauty products. Refreshingly, it was a really clean festival with almost no litter. Lolla Planète was open every day during the festival, their aim was to raise public awareness environmental issues.
France is famed for its patisserie and culinary delights, this was celebrated at Lollapalooza Paris which featured a space entirely dedicated to French food and was supported by star chef, Jean Imbert. There were seven stalls serving up delicious food, much better than your usual greasy burger van.
Lollapalooza has been so successful for a reason. The festival was well organised, clean and safe and was well worth the money. The only fault with the festival is that it only lasts two days!