Lollapalooza: Hundreds of Gate-Crashers Rush Fences at Sold-Out Festival
The three-day music fest, which set attendance records this year, came to an end Sunday night after a day of thunderstorms.
Hundreds of gate-crashers rushed the fence at Lollapalooza on Sunday afternoon, just hours before the three-day music festival came to an end in Chicago's Grant park.
Organizers told the Chicago Tribune that "fence jumping" incidents were up this year despite an increase in security, with groups of teenagers bringing down several chain-link fences at various points around the sold-out event.
Most were turned away before reaching a second, 8-foot-tall fence surrounding the festival by security guards who at one point sprayed a fire extinguisher at the gate-crashers. Some in the crowd yelled "It's tear gas!" and "Music should be free!" while they scattered.
According to one concertgoer, a Facebook page had been set up to inform the fence jumpers where to meet.
Meanwhile, organizers said this year's even still set an attendance record, drawing more than 270,000 ticketed concertgoers over the course of three days.
Sunday also saw a couple of thunderstorms turn the whole area into a "mud pit," according to NBC Chicago. The Foo Fighters closed out the event Sunday night during the second downpour.
Other highlights included headlining shows by Eminem, who was joined onstage by Bruno Mars, and Coldplay.