Lolla Blog 2013: Day 1 – New Order, Hot Chip, Nine Inch Nails

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By Kristin Decker
WGN Radio

After a long day at work, I hustled down to Lollapalooza.  The familiar smell of body odor and the sticky humid weather along with tromping through a little mud made me realize why I love this weekend so much.  It doesn’t matter who is playing, it’s all about being together and experiencing the magic of a huge festival dropped right in the middle of our magnificent skyline.  My first act of the day was New Order.  The familiar beats of Blue Monday had the crowd bopping their heads, feeling the energy.  The highlight of the New Order set was when they played the Joy Division song, Love Will Tear Us Apart. The cloudy, gray sky and the vibe of the band members on stage made that moment a sentimental one.  Joy Division lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide on the day before they were supposed to start their first American Tour in 1980  and the remaining band members formed the band, New Order.

Another awesome aspect of Lolla is meeting all different kinds of people that visit our city.  I met a Manchester, England native who was traveling around the U.S. and just happened to be in Chicago for a week.  He heard about Lolla on Wednesday, researched it, bought a ticket online, and was in awe of how convenient it was to NOT have to camp out at this three day festival.

Hot Chip was next on the list and they didn’t disappoint.  It was dance party time for that crowd.  I did leave after the hit Over and Over to get to Nine Inch Nails on the other side of the park.  The drawback was the fact that the big screens were turned off, so if you were far enough back, you couldn’t see the stage  The flow of the set list was a little mellow with some harder rock to keep the audience’s attention.  Nothing too crazy but absolutely perfect for a Friday night after a long work week.

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Nine Inch Nails perform at Lollapalooza, Friday, Aug 2, 2013. (Alex Garcia / Chicago Tribune)

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