Concert-goers take shelter from the rain in front of the Hilton Chicago.… (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
After some confusion on Twitter and at Grant Park following the evacuation of Lollapalooza due to severe weather warnings, C3 Presents announced via a statement it would let fest-goers back into the park and resume the festival at 6 p.m.:
“We want to thank the tens of thousands of festival goers, staff, and artists who calmly and safely exited from Grant Park today,” said Charlie Jones, partner of C3 Presents, the promoter for Lollapalooza. “We also applaud and thank the City of Chicago for their cooperation and commitment to making Lolla a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Once again Chicago has come through and we’re proud to call the city our partner.”
Around 3:20 p.m., fest-goers were told via announcements at various stages, message on stage screens, alerts from the Lollapalooza mobile app and word of mouth that Grant Park was being evacuated due to severe weather conditions reportedly on the way. There was no information given at that time about if the festival would resume or how entrants would be allowed back in if so.
Thousands were directed to exit calmly through the entrance gates. RedEye exited through the entrance on Balbo Drive, where a small cluster developed when the new 10-foot-tall iron gates were not opened to let fest-goers out. A few climbed up and over to be let out.
Several acts were removed from the schedule--Alabama Shakes, B.O.B., Temper Trap, Neon Indian, The Dunwells--a few sets have been shortened and the Grant Park curfew has been extended from its original time of 10 p.m. Santigold, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Ocean and Avicii all play until 10:45 p.m., now.
See the updated schedule here.