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A Look Back at Lollapalooza 2019

Seth Johnson reflects on his time at the four-day Chicago festival

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When 100,000 people ascend on a music festival like Lollapalooza for four days, there’s a whole lot to see and hear.

By now, you probably know that I’m visually impaired, so the seeing part isn’t really for me. However, I did thoroughly enjoy a lot of what I heard at the massive fest this year, while my good friend and colleague Ted Somerville captured some wonderful images through the lens of his camera.

Below, I’ve laid out some of my takeaways from Lollapalooza 2019. Before or after you read my words, I encourage you to scroll through Ted’s photo slideshows, which document Lollapalooza performers and attendees alike.

Latinx Headliner History Was Made

With his headlining set on Saturday night of Lollapalooza, J Balvin became the first Latinx artist to headline the festival in its 28-year history (No you’re not reading that wrong). While it was certainly a great success, I also found this news to be rather baffling. Like, it really took 28 years y’all?

Nevertheless, Balvin’s set was met with raucous celebration, as thousands of Latinx attendees rejoiced in the audience. Given the historic nature of his performance at Lollapalooza, Balvin made sure to honor reggaeton greats of the past, performing a medley of songs that featured “Rakata” by Wisin & Yandel and “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee. The Colombian star also touched on numerous other hits from his career, including the recent “I Like It” hit he had with Cardi B.