Lollapalooza Reopens After Storm Delay
Chicago is allowing the music festival to continue until 10:30 p.m. Saturday to make up for lost time.
It turns out there’s one thing the power of music can’t overcome—a wicked storm.
Fans at Lollapalooza 2012 were asked to evacuate Chicago’s Grant Park as a storm moved through the surrounding area and left nearly 170,000 people without power. But after 2.5 hours, the show went on, and with an extended curfew to help make up for lost time, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The evacuation order came at around 3:30 p.m., with festival attendees heading to nearby cafes and underground evacuation centers. At 6 p.m. the festival opened back up, and Chicago announced it was allowing the music to continue until 10:30 p.m., rather than 10 p.m. as planned.
The shutdown temporarily left Lollapalooza attendees and artists alike in the dark, as many wondered if the festival would resume. Artists took to Twitter to communicate what they knew.
hey lollapalooza - as of right now we are still going to play (waiting on new set time due to weather). stay tuned....— FUN. (@OurNameIsFun) August 4, 2012
Then, there was some good news.
Just heard that the show will go on! My set will be at 9:45pm.— Santigold (@Santigold) August 4, 2012
The festival is no stranger to inclement weather. Last year, Foo Fighters struck a heroic pose as they closed out the festival with a two-hour set during a downpour. This year's festival is headlined by a reunion of Black Sabbath.