Posted in music | tour dates on August 4, 2012

UPDATE: Lollapalooza reopens gates at 6pm (Chicago time)

1000s evacuating Lollapalooza (via BVChicago Instagram)
Lolla

evacuation from above (photo by knnyfrsh)
Lollapalooza

Due to an approaching storm and warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS), Lollapalooza organizers have suspended the festival until further notice. Festival-goers are being evacuated from Grant Park and are being directed by staff and the Chicago Police Department to pre-established underground evacuation and shelter sites along Michigan Avenue.

The three emergency evacuation shelters are the Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Street Garages. All can be entered through vehicle entrances on Michigan Avenue.

Lollapalooza officials are continuing to coordinate with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to monitor weather conditions and determine when the park is safe for festival-goers to return.

"Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists," said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza. "We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first."

This announcement definitely came as a surprise to the tens of thousands of people in Grant Park, who are evacuating as we speak. Meanwhile, C3 are "working w/ our team & city officials to survey the park after the storm to determine if it is safe for festival goers to return today." Stay tuned.

UPDATE: At 5:43 (Chicago time), Chicago journalist Greg Kot says "Possible reopen at 6 ish is latest word but still raining. A remote entrance gate open, apparently was never closed #lolla"

UPDATE: Lollapalooza reopens gates at 6pm (Chicago time)

Check out our pictures from yesterday, the first day of Lolla, HERE.

Check out video people took from above, below...

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Comments (79)

again, coachella > lolla

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 6:25 PM

and on the second day, the mindies wept

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 6:26 PM

Will someone PLEASE think of the hipsters?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 6:29 PM

Hate to tell you tool 6:25 but they both suck

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 6:32 PM

Haha NYC kicks AZZ!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 6:40 PM

lulz hippies are pussies

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 6:47 PM

Couldn't they have...

Done this inside?

Posted by Sam | August 4, 2012 6:49 PM

Yeah, festivals are great fun.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 6:51 PM

I think as of 6:00 pm it is reopen, more like 5pm

Posted by Benjamin Cohen | August 4, 2012 6:51 PM

Thanks a lot Ozzy for summoning this, thanks a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 7:01 PM

LollapAll Points Westooza

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 7:39 PM

Lollapatalpa

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 7:41 PM

Currently 6:40 PM CST, and still no live streams. Great festival. Now I see where the Williamsburg transplants get it from.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 7:42 PM

For all of you geniuses that think that non-anonymous commenting will raise the quality of posts, take a look at the live commentary on the YouTube Lolla stream page and then report back with a better argument.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 7:45 PM

No lie - scheduled to play at 6:00 PM was Washed Out

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 7:48 PM

Damn, I was really looking forward to the iPods reunion. Such diversity, such diversity!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 8:48 PM

I remember seeing a crowd like that when whole foods was doing a buy 1 get 1 free sale on roasted red pepper hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 9:06 PM

LOL 8:48!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 9:40 PM

Lollapalooza would never be attacked by terrorists because they know they'd be doing us ALL a favor.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 12:23 AM

Wait, Dangerous Weather cancelled? So what? Why cancel an entire show because Jack White's new band Dangerous Weather cancelled? Makes no sense. Chicago thick crust pussies

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 12:53 AM

Those people go out in the blinding snow to watch daaaaaa Bears lose, and yet a little rain and a little wind and they're all fraidy scared, running in terror for Dick's Last Resort?

Totally fucking lame. Ashamed to be called American along with those pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 12:59 AM

Hey 12:59

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_State_Fair_stage_collapse

That's why they do things. It's called not wanting people being killed at an event you're putting on.

Learn a little about the fucking insurance and safety red tape that engulfs an event of this magnitude before you wave your macho dick around, faggot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 1:05 AM

105am bravo tiki style!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 1:36 AM

Damn that sucks. It's pretty funny that they couldn't watch a concert in rain.. I mean wtf "bad weather" that's laughable.

Posted by Click Here | August 5, 2012 4:07 AM

A little rain is "bad weather"? That's pretty pathetic!

Posted by Click Here | August 5, 2012 4:08 AM

Coachella IS better and it doesn't rain (well often anyway).

Stop bringing up fucking Indiana State Fair collapse...that stage was faulty from the get go. Just needed a big gust to take it down. That is not happening at Lolla...fucking thing(s) might as well be permanent.

Stop calling people "faggot"....whatever point you might have had went bye bye when you decided to BE a macho dick. Irony?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 6:21 AM

A reluctant prostitute once referred to me as a "feeble sex tragedy." I was twelve at the time.

Posted by Bannatt | August 5, 2012 7:04 AM

1:05 why so serious?
You talkin to me?
You talkin to me?

What a dope!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 7:26 AM

LULZ flyover boy @1:05. Put down the meth pipe and go get some sleep.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 7:45 AM

Ugh the major down side of festivals not held in desserts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 8:16 AM

pussy shit ,,, i'm so sick of everything being a fucking emergency ,, gov't agencies clamping down on festivals at any opportunity because they want to control any sort of gatherings to make sure they aren't in a protesting nature ...

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 8:28 AM

LOL @ 7:48. Truth is stranger than fiction!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 8:29 AM

Hey, weather report says chance of showers in NYC today. They are boarding up the C-Town - how is D gonna get money to buy NYCHC tickets?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 8:57 AM

^D is either dead or in jail.

p.s. It's "NYHC"...no C in the middle.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 11:28 AM

Did the iPods set get cancelled? ; )

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 11:45 AM

Q: What's the funnest thing to do in Chicago ?

A: Look out the window of the plane.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 12:22 PM

Haha I'd hate to admit it but I laughed at 11:45.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 12:32 PM

thats because you are 11:45 loser

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 12:37 PM

I must admit I laughed out loud at 12:37

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 1:35 PM

I must admit I laughed out loud at 1:35

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 1:47 PM

It's sad that the ipods are gone, but the iphones ... now there is a band with not only diversity from track to track but they know how to communicate with a crowd!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 1:50 PM

I never thought the iPods thing was as funny as everyone else but these is an interesting post from (arguably) the originator in the Lolla Day one post.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 2:02 PM

Hey first time poster here. I always see this recurring "iPods" joke but never understood the point of it. I mean it's a plastic and metal and glass block that plays music. i just don't get it! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 2:31 PM

Hi all - LONG LOGN time reader but never post here. I had to post now to just get it out before I burst. Been following the ipods thing, and agree with 12:37. This shit is lame, and glad that the ipods broke up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 2:52 PM

Thanks for coming forward 2:52. You are part of a growing voice of reason, and respect, calling for understanding and action in this dark time, I stand with you and the many who continue to stand up and be counted on here these days

#stopthe madnesss

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 3:00 PM

I'm a tad sheepish to admit it, but 11:45AM coaxed a guffaw outta me!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 3:40 PM

number sign phrase

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:11 PM

Same here, 3:40. Nice to see a little levity on this site instead of the usual arguing!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:27 PM

thats because you are 3:40 loser

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:41 PM

If you look at their IP addresses you can see they are different people 4:41. I don't agree with either of them personally but they are different people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:44 PM

GUYS GUYS GUYS

I know some of you might be new around here. No actually, what the fuck am I talking about, you're all the same low life Chicago scumbag. The iPods BROKE APART. It has been covered here AD ABSURDIUM already. Time to accept the facts - NO MORE iPODS!

Now, the iPhones on the other hand ... I'm siri, but they really have my number.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:44 PM

4:44 you should read the other posts it is clear they did not 'break up' there is just no one posting them, at least until later this evening or tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:50 PM

No 4:50 you should read the MANY other posts - they broke apart, it's been covered, tributes have occurred, mourning has passed, and we've all moved on. Well, not totally true - we all except for you have moved on. You are the only loser left making these posts, and you know it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:52 PM

If people stop laughing at it every time, he/she will stop posting it. It is clear he/she is doing it to amuse everyone. Cut off the supply and he/she will stop.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:52 PM

No one is laughing at it - you are posting self-referential serial posts. We can all do that. You want to see?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:53 PM

NO ONE IS LAUGHING. THE SAME DICTION, THE SAME WORDS EVERY TIME.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:55 PM

I find the continual ipods posts offensive and hurtful. If this person keeps posting this, I will have to report his IP to BV.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:56 PM

4:53 it is embarrassing, and you won't believe me, but I laughed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 4:59 PM

I agree with 4:56. I have experienced pain and suffer.ing as a result. What kind of person would knowingly continue to cause pain and suffer.ing by their actions? I hope that this person does not continue this and go on record as knowingly causing such.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 5:04 PM

Well, I guess that's pretty clear, and if it continues then potentially the basis of a civil suit isn't that right "Mitch"?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 5:06 PM

With the exception of Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and Leonard Chess (+ those on his label), HAS ANYTHING GOOD EVER COME OUT OF CHICAGO?!? Yes I am including Smashing Pumpkins.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 5:10 PM

^bozo the clown?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 5:13 PM

From what I have been able to gather the iPods joke came out of Chicago. People on this site seem to love/hate it, but I guess the ability to elicit strong opinions is the mark of good art.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 5:44 PM

^ Someone please get me some of what this guy is smoking!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 6:15 PM

"From what I have been able to gather the iPods joke came out of Chicago."

And you would gather wrong. It is dead as Dillinger now (little Chicago reference for ya there) but it was born and died within the 5 boroughs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 6:18 PM

lots of fat chicks in Chicago

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 6:34 PM

I am retiring the joke. I feel like it has run its course. I have more to say, but am resisting doing so. I know that I had fun and so did lots of other people, but I am moving on. This whole experience has taught me a lot about "people." Thanks to the supporters and, everyone else, you need to relax and enjoy life.

Posted by Mitch | August 5, 2012 6:38 PM

Compaired to chicago new york sucks tiny infected goat penisses

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 6:56 PM

Don't talk about your penis that way, Mitch Benjamin

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 6:58 PM

Mitch totally got beat down in that other thread. It was a thing of beauty.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 7:00 PM

lots of crappy noise rock in Chicago

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 7:17 PM

Mitch brought a little bit of happiness to a lot of people with a cute little joke. Thanks Mitch!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2012 7:19 PM

You cannot retire the "joke" at this point--no one man can do that, not anymore. It is beyond that now. That you even refer to it as a "joke" demonstrates how blind you have become to its true power, the power of the iPods, a real band, a real band that does exist, a real band that did not break up, a band that IS, just like I is and you is and she is and it IS: the iPods.

Posted by eye laffed | August 6, 2012 6:57 AM

^Just imagine if this person's energy and enthusiasm were instead being applied to something positive and creative.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 7:34 AM

I was downtown during the storm and could barely cross the bridge over the river. It was practically hurricane-level wind, with projectiles flying and hitting me in the face. Add hail to that, and you think people are "lame" for being evacuated? I agree with 8/5 1:05 AM.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:51 PM

^ being a pussy is no excuse for being a pussy

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 2:22 PM

^ being a pussy is no excuse for being a pussy

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 2:22 PM

Now 12:22 was the one worth laughing about! Or chuckling or guffawing or whatever...

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:29 AM

better safe then sorry.

Posted by jordon | July 25, 2013 1:08 PM

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