Posted in music | pictures on August 16, 2009

photos by Paul Birman

Crystal Castles

The gray skies grew darker Sunday in Chicago when a man allegedly punched a horse as the Lollapalooza music festival drew to a close.

Pablo Fernandez, a 21-year-old Mexican national, is accused of approaching a Chicago police horse at around 9 p.m as the three-day festival was winding down, and when he was told by the mounted officer that he could not pet the working animal, Fernandez became angered and allegedly punched the equine.

The assault caused the horse to rear back in a panic while in the middle of the concert-goers, police spokeswoman Gabrielle Lesniak told the Chicago Tribune. Fernandez was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Police News Affairs Officer Kevin Kilmer told the Chicago Sun-Times that he couldn't confirm that the violence was Lolla-related, but it did take place as the festival was wrapping up and police were trying to get crowds to disperse from Grant Park. Approximately 75,000 people a day attended the festival, which was headlined by acts like Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Kilmer had no word on the status of the horse. [LA Times]

Lollapalooza took place in Chicago last weekend (Aug 7-9).

Depeche Mode were one of the headliners on the first day (Friday). Since then they had to cancel a few shows. Crystal Castles also played that day. From there that band went on to just barely played at HARD Fest in LA. Thievery Corporation were also one of the many bands on that day's bill. They have since announced a Halloween show in NYC at Terminal 5. Tickets for that are on sale.

More pictures from the first day of Lollapalooza, below...

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Crystal Castles

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Thievery Corporation

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day 2 and 3 coming shortly...

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Comments (20)

this is old news. back to the hipsters.

Posted by hip ster | August 16, 2009 12:49 PM

it was actually august 7-9

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2009 1:27 PM

Amazing Baby killed it! They are the best!

Posted by the good, the fag, the retarded | August 16, 2009 2:17 PM

Amazing pictures! As always.

Posted by Joel | August 16, 2009 2:42 PM

you should change the dates you have for lolla.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2009 3:27 PM

Awesome photos.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2009 4:21 PM

Really great photos. I'm looking forward to seeing the Sunday pics.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2009 4:44 PM

why on earth are police horses still in use. i can't imagine a worse combination. horses trapped in a major metro area away from their natural setting, being used by asshole cops to patrol asshole brats at an overcrowded festival. brilliant.

Posted by anon | August 16, 2009 6:28 PM

the first day was the best day

Posted by JM | August 16, 2009 6:29 PM

has there been any festival this summer without the weather being totally crappy?

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 9:58 AM

lolla was great fun! much more enjoyable than coachella or APW. (even w/ the rain & extreme heat)
Chicago/Grant Park was wonderful setting. loved the hammock area.

i highly recommend this festival - my friends & i had a blast! KOL, YYY's, friendly fires, kaier chiefs were all amazing... my only issue was that too many great acts were playing at the same time!

Posted by starslight | August 17, 2009 10:52 AM

Here is a great breakdown of day 1 of Lollapalooza on this dude's site...He even has the rest of the weekend broken down with pictures...

http://salvatorebono.blogspot.com/2009/08/live-review-lollapalooza-day-1.html

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 11:53 AM

Midwestern women are infinitely hotter than east coast trash.

Posted by Travis | August 17, 2009 12:05 PM

"Midwestern women are infinitely hotter than east coast trash."

Amen, brotha.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 12:44 PM

"Midwestern women are infinitely hotter than east coast trash."

Brooklyn is basically just another state of the Midwest. So many transient transplants after Giuliani opened up the flood gates.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 12:54 PM

I'm not gonna refer to brooklyn women as trash..However Mid-Western girls are with out a doubt the hottest in the country.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 1:02 PM

"much more enjoyable than coachella"

you bite your tongue!

Posted by bobby the rookie | August 17, 2009 1:11 PM

Word of advice to all the east coast girls...EAT!

No tits + No ass = No fun

Posted by Travis | August 17, 2009 4:41 PM

Perfectly placed bump on the nose,
genteel crows feet,
fake tits.
The perfect milf!

Posted by mike flood | August 18, 2009 5:29 AM

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