Entries tagged with: Lollapalooza
It was rumored before but is now official: Live Nation, the globe's biggest live events promoter (which books shows at Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and other places in NYC) has acquired a controlling stake in independent concert company C3 Presents. The Austin-based C3, who also have a separate artist management division, are behind the Austin City Limits music festival, Lollapalooza and other big festivals around the world (and shows at Emo's and other venues in Austin and around the country).
In a press statement (via Billboard), C3 say "We are excited to join Live Nation and become a part of their global family, while continuing to grow our festivals within a culture of entrepreneurship that will empower our team to keep improving these festivals and the fan experience."
C3 Presents (soon to be part of Live Nation?) and their various partners announce another fest:
Lollapalooza announces Lollapalooza Berlin happening at Tempelhof Airport, September 12-13, 2015. Germany will join Chile, Brazil and Argentina as the fourth international location for the iconic festival, in addition to the original U.S. Festival in Chicago's Grant Park. Lollapalooza Berlin is Lolla's first European edition. Lollapalooza is being brought to Berlin by Festival Republic, the team behind the legendary Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Melt! Booking.More of their announcement below...
"We have very carefully considered bringing our festival to Europe and frankly, were intimidated by the rich festival history Europe has had for 50 years. Berlin feels like it is ready to explode as a city and cultural center and we want to be there to grow with the city," said Marc Geiger, head of William Morris Endeavor's music division.
The NY Times reports:
Live Nation Entertainment, the concert and ticketing giant, is in advanced talks to buy a majority stake in C3 Presents, the country's largest independent promoter, with a portfolio that includes the popular Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals.C3, best known for owning those festivals, is also a major force in the Austin rock club scene. They recently bought the Emo's name (and its new location, Emo's East), and book shows at Stubb's, Lambert's, The Parish and other places. They also had a lot to do with Metallica's Orion Festival (which took place in Atlantic City and then Detroit).
The prospective deal, in negotiations for months but still not completed, would give Live Nation a stake of 51 percent in C3 Presents, and value C3 at around $250 million, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.
A spokeswoman for Live Nation declined to comment, and representatives of C3 did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday afternoon.
C3, based in Austin, Tex., is run by three friends all named Charles or Charlie -- in the music industry, they are widely known as "the Charlies" -- and the company has grown quickly from its founding in 2007.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Cut Copy / The Districts / Bomba Estereo / Killer Mike
For the 2nd year in a row, we took over a stage inside the Toyota Soundwave tent at Lollapalooza with live performances and Q&As with our host Billy Jones. This year we were excited to have appearances by CHVRCHES, Into It. Over It., San Fermin (Q&A), So So Glos, Lucius, The Districts, Cut Copy, PAPA, Anna Lunoe, Bobmb Estereo, Killer Mike, and more. A full set of on-stage photos isat our Facebook, and there's a separate set of portraits there too. Pictures from day Soundwave and all of Lolla Day One are HERE. Lolla Day Two HERE. Lolla Day Three HERE. Soundwave Days Two and Three continue below...
Vic Mensa at Lollapalooza last weekend (more by James Richards IV)
Chicago rapper/Chance the Rapper associate Vic Mensa has been on the rise this year, doing pretty cool things like playing "Clint Eastwood" with Damon Albarn, touring with Disclosure, and then making a song that sounds influenced by touring with Disclosure. He now just released a song with another hot electronic producer Kaytranada (who will release an EP on XL and tour later this year). It's called "Wimme Nah" (as in, now that he's getting hyped, all these people are with him now), and you can stream it below.
Video has also surfaced of Vic taking on The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" at his Lollapalooza set this past weekend, and you can watch that below too.
Vic was in NYC last night (8/7) playing the FADER / Goose Island show at Rough Trade. (Anyone catch that?) His tour continues tonight (8/8) in Philly, playing the first of four Mad Decent Block Parties that he was recently added to (in place of his pal Chance the Rapper who dropped off). Vic's also on the one happening in Coney Island's MCU Park this Saturday (8/9) with Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dougie F & DJ Fire, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Walshy Fire and Young Kyle 187.
All of Vic's dates are listed, with the new song stream and video, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Ebola is back, bedbugs are on the N Train, and now one more thing to worry about: being bitten at a concert. Last Friday, at Lollapalooza, Ben Lenet, 29, was allegedly the victim of a biting attack that occurred during Arctic Monkeys' day one closing set. You can see a graphic photo of the chomp over at the Chicago Sun Times, who reported the incident. Lenet described the incident on Reddit in an effort to try to identify his attacker. Here's what Lenet wrote:
Me and two other friends are enjoying the show and have even made some friends around us. The mood of the crowd is really happy and a nice departure from the normal drunken debauchery. Suddenly, I turn around and some guy none of us have ever seen or spoken to, without warning, body slams my friend and begins using his hands to choke him. My other friend begins hitting the assailant in the face. I come from the other side and place my right arm on his right arm and my left arm on his right shoulder, trying to pull him off. The attacker then turns his head and clamps his teeth into my arm for a good 5 seconds. He's not nipping at me. He's trying to bite through my arm. At this point, all three of us are hitting him, trying to get him off me...As Lenet told the Chicago Sun Times, "I don't know of a UFC fighter who could've taken that punishment and just walked away." Lenet, who has attended Lollapalooza for the past six years, also told the Sun Times that he does not think he will return next year. As the bite broke the skin, he could have been exposed to HIV or a form of Hepatitis, and was put on a number of drugs and an antibiotic as a precaution. Bloodwork tests came up negative, but he will have to return for additional tests to confirm he was not infected.
...Finally he lets go and lunges at the feet of the original bodyslammed-friend, trying to bite him too. He is then kicked pretty squarely in the face.
The attacker has now taken 10-15 blows to the head and been punted in the face. He gets up and walks away. Not stumbling. Not woozy. He just fucking walked away in a straight line. CPD would later tell me they only see assailants like that who are on PCP or bath salts.
A day later, on Saturday (8/2), Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, was accused of biting off the tip of another man's finger at a Beyonce-Jay Z concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The alleged incident occurred after Alcaraz-Garnica groped the victim's girlfriend (allegedly). When the victim confronted Alcaraz-Garnica, a fight ensued. In the course of the fight, Alcaraz-Garnica allegedly bit off the tip of the victim's finger. He has since pleaded not guilty.
Finally, in non-concert-but-still-biting news, CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon allegedly bit two medical workers at the US Embassy in Baghdad on July 19. Damon was reportedly intoxicated during the incident, and bit the EMTs on their forearms as they tried to treat her. The incident is being investigated by the State Department, and the EMTs filed a $2 million lawsuit against Damon and CNN yesterday. In an email apology from Damon to US embassy staff obtained by the New York Post's Page Six, Damon wrote, "I had not had proper food all day and clearly miscalculated how my body would handle the alcohol consumed ... Needless to say, I am utterly mortified and take full responsibility for my actions, which are inexcusable."
photo by Dominick Mastrangelo
Brooklyn's Lucius have been touring nonstop this year, playing festivals this summer, and continuing with a full slate through November. Their last NYC show was Governors Ball but they'll cap off their busy year with a BIG NYC show at Terminal 5 on December 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/6) at noon.
Lucius was just at Lollapalooza over the weekend (check out our pics), and while they were there, we invited them into the Toyota Soundwave tent to pose for our photographer Dominick Mastrangelo. His portrait is above. A bigger version of the same photo and more from his sessions from the entire weekend are over at Facebook.
All Lucius tour dates are listed below.
First Daughter's First Lollapalooza (photo via @cleaaaaver)
The Obama's tall 15-year-old was with three friends and was happily chatting away as she left the muddy venue. Despite blending quietly into an oblivious crowd, she was flanked by two huge guards, apparently Secret Service agents in plains clothes, who made sure she and her friends - two girls and a boy - had plenty of space to make their exit.We didn't spot Malia Obama at Lollapalooza on Sunday, but we we got lots of pictures of Day One, Day Two and Day Three of the Chicago fest.
The crowd on Columbus was light as she walked well after the bulk of the crowd has gone at about 10:15 p.m.. Malia was wearing a yellow v-neck romper, but more importantly, she and her guards had managed to stage clean in Lolla's messy, muddy fields. - [Chicago Sun-Times]
Chance the Rapper was one of the artists she was seen checking out. We have pictures from his set on day three, but not pics of R Kelly who Chance brought out on stage for three songs.
In related news, the controversial R Kelly was recently booted off an Ohio festival lineup after many protested.
photos by James Richards IV
Chance the Rapper / wet Glen Hansard / Run the Jewels / London Grammar
4:20 PM: When his phone is handy, Killer Mike likes to tweet out a 4:20 reminder every day. During Run the Jewels' set at the Palladia Stage he needed a little help: "Happy 4:20 -- Somebody tweet that for me!" he yells.Lollapalooza 2014 wrapped up on Sunday (8/3) with sets from Chance the Rapper (who brought out R. Kelly), Run the Jewels, Chromeo, London Grammar, The Avett Brothers, and lots more, plus a few cloudbursts which were embraced by mud dancers as well as Glen Hansard as you can see above.
4:22 PM: During Run the Jewels' performance, El-P screams at security to stop roughing up a female audience member. Then, moments later: "Oops, my bad, it's a guy... And I just added insult to injury calling him a girl!"
9:09 PM: Chance The Rapper offers a real hometown treat when he brings out surprise guest R. Kelly. The fellow Chicagoan warbles the chorus of "The World's Greatest," the intro of "Bump 'n Grind" and some of "Ignition (Remix)" alongside the young MC. - [Billboard]
photos by James Richards IV
Outkast / Kate Nash / Nas / Parquet Courts
Besides Eminem on Friday, Saturday was heavy on hip-hop heavyweights. First up was Nas, who dedicated the first half of his set to his 1994 debut album "Illmatic" from start to finish. Unlike Eminem, and other EDM-based acts this weekend, Nas commandeered the massive stage on his own, accompanied by only a DJ. "All I need is one mic, two turntables and you," he said. True enough, those songs remain poignant, especially the funk saga "N.Y. State of Mind," the jazz-fused street scenes of "It Ain't Hard to Tell" and "One Love," a universal shout-out to incarcerated friends. The personal imagery in those songs, combined with his solitary presence onstage, summoned the sense of a testimonial before God, his peers, a lover, his family -- It was all packed in there ready for unpacking. - [Chicago Sun Times]Day Two at Lollapalooza 2014 seemed mostly smooth sailing, seeing performances by hip hop icons Outkast and Nas, indie rock from Parquet Courts and Spoon, not to mention Kate Nash, Vic Mensa, Phosphorescent, Duke Dumont and lots more. Pictures from Saturday (8/2) are in this post.
Lollapalooza Day Three is just getting underway in Chicago's Grant Park, with performances today by Darkside, Chromeo, The Avett Brothers and more. They are also streaming some of the performances live today starting at 3 PM EST. If you're there, be sure to stop by the Toyota Soundwave Tent where BrooklynVegan will be hosting live performances, artist Q&As and more.
Pics from Lollapalooza Day One are HERE and more from Day Two, below...
Lykke Li / Courtney Barnett / Blood Orange / Chewbacca
"Ker-plunk!" The first raindrops of the day splash down, but no matter. Courtney Barnett is in the house and delivers a convincing set. The Australian singer-songwriter headlined Schubas two days ago, and now, in front of an audience at least 15 times bigger, she and her trio play a muscular brand of no-frills indie-rock ornamented by nuanced melodies and sharp lyrics. The singer plays hooky little guitar riffs underneath her deadpan vocals, which brim with wit, discontent and slacker wisdom. "I sleep in late, another day/Oh, what a wonder, oh, what a waste." She is definitely not wasting anyone's time here. - [Chicago Tribune]While day one of Lollapallooza 2014 dealt with some rain, computer problems and Blood Orange's unfortunate, unpleasant run-ins with security, for most it was festival-as-usual, with sets from Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Lykke Li, Lorde, Coutney Barnett, Jagwar Ma, and lots more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.
Billy Jones talking with San Fermin / Rudimental
Meanwhile, BV was hosting interviews and performances over in the Toyota Soundwave Tent. Cohosts James Davis and Billy Jones chatted with CHVRCHES, San Fermin and Vic Mensa and had live performances from Into It Over It and Rudimental. Pictures of that are in this post. If you're going today, stop by to see performances by So So Glos and The Districts, plus Q&As with Cut Copy, Duke Dumont, and PAPA. Schedule is here.
Lollapalooza Day 2 is just getting underway in Grant Park, with performances today by Outkast, Spoon, Jenny Lewis and more. All of those sets can be streamed live if you're not there. More photos from Day 1, below...
Urbani and Hynes during Blood Orange Lollapalooza set (photo by @alwayssonny)
Dev Hynes and Samantha Urbani are claiming the were assaulted by security guards at Lollapalooza following their Blood Orange performance at the festival on Friday (8/1). Via Hynes' Twitter feed last night:
Samantha and I just got assaulted by the security. We are about to press charges— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
They grabbed her I asked what they were doing and they grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground, then two others joined in on me— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
I WAS JUMPED BY THREE SECURITY GUARDS AND SAMANTHA WAS TOUCHED BY SECURITY. WE ARE HURT. WE PLAYED YOUR FESTIVAL. @lollapalooza— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
Both Hynes and Urbani were wearing homemade "Stop Police Brutality" t-shirts, and his bore the names of victims Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, and Trayvon Martin. Garner died July 17 after being put in a chokehold by a New York police officer and his death was officially ruled a homicide on Friday.
I gave a speech on racism and police brutality and then I am jumped by three security guards and my gf is assaulted. @lollapalooza— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
How insanely ironic that I wore a homemade "STOP POLICE BRUTALITY" shirt onstage 2day &begged audience 2take care of eachother &film arrests— samantha urbani (@SamandudeBITCH) August 2, 2014
Last night, Urbani also tweeted that "BTW after talking w lollapalooza ppl we've discovered the guards who assaulted us were NOT lolla staff, but privately hired for that stage" but that tweet has since been deleted. She wrapped up her tweets with these last night:
Thanks 4support guys, rly. We're shaken upset sad etc but ok. Just want 2keep working against violence &abuse of power. Speak up &take care.— samantha urbani (@SamandudeBITCH) August 2, 2014
STOP POLICE BRUTALITY / abuse of power / systematic oppression / prejudice. Watch cops. Film them.... http://t.co/uqUhxZvk0O— samantha urbani (@SamandudeBITCH) August 2, 2014
Lollapalooza has now issued a statement:
Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a security guard on site. Since then, we have been in contact with those involved and the authorities, as we work together to resolve the situation. As always, our top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone at the festival.More on this as it develops.
dark clouds loom over Grant Park (via @livingmyfestivallife)
Lollapalooza 2014 is now underway in Chicago's Grant Park -- you can watch Courtney Barnett via their live stream as we post this -- and the fest isn't without its hiccups. Weather is always a potential issue, and Mother Nature is rearing her head today, as those clouds in the picture above show:
All three stages are currently on 15-delay from the rain. Let's hope they don't get anything like 2012. Meanwhile there are some technical snafus as well:
Attention festivalgoers: Please be prepared for light to heavy rain in the next ~15 mins. We're monitoring the storm & will keep you posted!— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 1, 2014
And the entire computer system for guest list, press and will call for Lolla is down. FYI media pals not yet credentialed.— Jessica Hopper (@jesshopp) August 1, 2014
Let's hope the computers that are controlling the electric bracelets used in their cashless system are working ok. It seems like most attendees are rolling with the punches, though.
If you're at Lollapalooza, stop by the Toyota Soundwave tent and visit us. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram (BVChicago too) Stay tuned for photos and more coverage throughout the weekend.
fun with Ghost BC in last year's Lolla Soundwave tent (more by Cory Dewald)
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago for the 10th consecutive year this weekend, taking over Grant Park from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. The lineup, which is partially streaming online all weekend, includes Eminem, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Spoon, Cut Copy, Run the Jewels, Into It. Over It., Chance the Rapper, and many more. We're happy to announce, that like last year, BrooklynVegan is again hosting some of the artists in the Toyota Soundwave tent.
With the help of our on-stage host Billy Jones, we'll have performances and Q&A sessions from Cut Copy, Lucius, San Fermin, The Districts, Duke Dumont, Shy Girls and more. You can find the BrooklynVegan-presented & suggested part of the schedule below, and you can find the Soundwave tent on the Lollapalooza 2014 map north of the central fountain, and just south of Jackson Drive -- not far at all from the BMI Stage, and stumbling distance from Da Beers Garden.
Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza 2014 starts today in Chicago's Grant Park and if you aren't there you can still check out a lot of the action though their live webcast. Today's webcast starts at 3:15 PM EST and you can watch Courtney Barnett, Interpol, Arctic Monkeys, Jagwar Ma, Broken Bells, Lykke Li, Phantogram and more. There are also apps on AppleTV, Chromecast, Android and other devices. Stay tuned for pics from all three days. Meanwhile, Lollapalooza's full streaming schedule can be found here.
Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
Eminem at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
To support last year's MMLP2, Eminem will go on a three-date co-headlining tour with Rihanna this August surrounding a few festival appearances. That "tour" includes a NYC-area show happening on August 16 at MetLife Stadum in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale, they go on Facebook presale Saturday (3/22) at 10 AM, Ticketmaster presale Thursday, 3/27 at 10 AM, and general on-sale Friday, 3/28 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Eminem is also reportedly headlining Lollapalooza, which happens in Chicago from August 1-3, along with Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Skrillex. Stay tuned for Lolla's full lineup announcement.
All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
Lollapalooza (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The press release below sums it all up:
photos by Cory Dewald
Ghost BC w/ Chris Gethard / Jessie Ware / Frightened Rabbit
We were just over in Chicago for tons of Lollapalooza fun, including three full days spent at the festival, and some afterparties we threw too. As you may know, while we were at the festival, like we did at Firefly in Delaware and are doing again this weekend at Outside Lands in San Francisco, we hosted two hours easy day inside the Soundwave Tent, which included interviews and stripped down performances by Ghost BC, Frightened Rabbit, Jessie Ware, School of Rock All Stars, and Deap Vally on day 1; Local Natives, Smith Westerns, IO Echo,, Drowners and another set of School of Rock All Stars on day 2; and Bear Mountain and The Orwells on day 3. The BV-portions of the tent were hosted by Billy Jones and comedian Chris Gethard of The Chris Gethard Show.
We'll have the full audio from these sessions available at some point, but meanwhile I can tell you that we learned Ghost's guitarist was not very Ghostly at all and he speaks beautiful English (when we could hear it though his mask), Chris Gethard has two Morrissey tattoos, Jessie Ware likes to ride the subway, the kids from School of Rock do in fact rock, the frontwoman of IO Echo has stage fright and a thing for Enya, each member of Bear Mountain has a different symbol tattooed on them and our show was their first-ever try at going acoustic, the Smith Westerns like to party, and the ladies LOVE the Orwells. who were collecting phone numbers from girls in the audience throughout our entire interview with them. Though short, both Frightened Rabbit's and Local Natives' super intimate sets in our tent were huge treats for the crowd in attendance, some of whom were in the tent waiting on line to get their bodies painted.
Pictures of all three days of our activities are in this post. They continue below...
The Cure @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Nine Inch Nails @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
This last weekend was a busy one with Lollapalooza going down in Chicago and Osheaga not far in Montreal. If you missed it, we put up a ton of photos and recaps from both fests and our Sapporo-fueled afterparties. Here's what we have so far, rounded up for your convenience:
Day One: PICS (part 1) | PICS (part 2) | Review | BV Aferparty (part 1) | Afterparty (part 2)
Day Two: PICS (part 1) | PICS (part 2) | Review | BV Afterparty
Day Three: PICS (part 1) | PICS (part 2) | Review | Grizzly Bear
More pictures from what we were doing in the Soundwave tent are also on the way.
See you at Outside Lands!
Chicago festival Lollapalooza just wrapped up a successful 2013, and they've announced that in 2014, the festival will return from August 1-3. Stay tuned for ineup and ticket info.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Beach House / Baroness / fans
We recently posted day 3 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and just posted a set of Grizzly Bear, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists we missed last time, like Beach House, Dog Blood (aka Skrillex and Boys Noize), Wavves, Baroness, Wild Nothing, Palma VIolets, and more.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Grizzly Bear at Lollapalooza 2013
Back in April, Grizzly Bear postponed their ATP UK, which would have gone down in May the day after the Yeah Yeah Yeahs-curated day. The new date was supposed to happen this November, but now it's been cancelled all together. Clash reports:
Set to take place on November 2nd, the event will not now go ahead. A notice on WeGotTickets explains that tickets are 'NO LONGER AVAILABLE' while fans recently received the following notice from the ticketing agency:Meanwhile, anotherA ATP UK goes down in November/December with sets from the reunited Slint, Loop, Mogwai, Superchunk, and more. Tickets for that one are still available.
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Please note that IBYM November date has been cancelled. The organisers of this event would like to pass along to following message:
"ATP and Grizzly Bear have sadly decided to cancel the planned I'll Be Your Mirror London concert which had been postponed to November. Unfortunately there were problems with the venue and new date. Between us as promoters and the band it's been decided that it would be wiser to cancel rather than disappoint fans by going ahead with an event that was not up to ATP and the band's standards."
We will partially refund you for these tickets. The refund will appear on the card originally used for payment within 3-5 working days.
photos by James Richards IV
Vampire Weekend / Cat Power / The Cure
Even Goth-rockers love singalongs. After the opening synth chords, the Cure's Robert Smith begins to belt out "Just Like Heaven" and is instantly joined by a Grant Park choir numbering in the tens of thousands. Smith and his bandmates sprinkle Cure classics such as "Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm in Love" through a set that continues the weekend's '80s nostalgia theme, begun by New Order and Nine Inch Nails. Smith is in fine voice, and he even pulls off a few interpretive dance moves -- a rare bout of friskiness from a singer who still sports frazzled hair, eye shadow and lipstick. It's become his trademark, and it's turned Smith somewhat timeless -- an ageless figure still singing about a type of loss, heartache and yearning that never dissipates. [Chicago Tribune]Lollapalooza 2013 wrapped up yesterday (8/4) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Angel Haze, DIIV, Bear Mountain and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Sunday pics HERE
We at BrooklynVegan were also there on Sunday from 1-3 PM in the Soundwave Tent with School of Rock, Bear Mountain, and The Orwells.
Death Grips at MHOW in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
One of the bands booked to play the second day (8/3) of Lollapalooza 2013 was Death Grips, who never showed up. According to the festival's representatives (via Chicago Tribune), Death Grips "chose not to arrive in Chicago." Their set would have followed a Friday night official aftershow at Bottom Lounge, which they also didn't show up for. A representative from that venue wrote (via Pitchfork):
We are still getting bits and pieces of information but we were not aware that Death Grips was not coming until right before we made the announcement. Right now, we just want to thank all the people at the show last night who, despite being terribly disappointed that there would be no Death Grips show, were very understanding. Tickets are in the process of being refunded and people that bought tickets online will see their refunds on their statements shortly.Apparently, as multiple Reddit users have pointed out, before the venue announced the band weren't playing, a suicide note allegedly written by a Death Grips fan was projected onto a backdrop at the venue, as Death Grips' music played through the PA. Reddit users also say that angered fans destroyed the drum set on stage, which DNA Info reports was a child's learning drum kit set up by the band's tour manager.
That same article said:
Death Grips' management repeatedly told Bottom Lounge employees the band "was on their way, only to be told by the same tour manager that the stage set up and the Death Grips album being played 'was the show,'" said Erin O'Neal, marketing director for Bottom Lounge. "It appears to us that despite having a signed contract, they never intended on performing last night and instead wanted to leave a room of disappointed fans."The band themselves have not commented on the cancellations yet, but they did post a facebook post today that reads "FYF SAT AUG 24 2013 LOS ANGELES CA." That post already has multiple comments including "You guys gonna actually show to that one?" and "Great show in Chicago guys! Thanks!"
UPDATE: Death Grips cancelled other upcoming dates, including the shows they would have played at Royale (8/6) in Boston and Webster Hall (8/7) in NYC with Pictureplane this week. Refunds for those shows are available at point of purchase.
You may remember that this isn't the first time Death Grips pulled a stunt like this.