For the first time in what seemed like years, a drop of rain didn’t hit the Lollapalooza grounds. Sure, a looming thunderstorm threat caused the festival organizers to evacuate concertgoers Sunday afternoon for a bit (and they even shut down headliners that night 30 minutes early), but Lollapalooza 2015 looked more Coachella than Tough Mudder competition for once. It was three days overflowing with underdressed teenagers melding and moshing to classic rock, new age hip hop, electronic dance, and blissful pop while the sun beamed down and set to a perfect Chicago skyline each evening.
Between A$AP Rocky, Kygo, Paul McCartney, and everybody in between, #SunsetFam was represented over the long Lollapalooza weekend. Below, enjoy a day by day recap of the most righteous sets, and be on the lookout for an official Sunset SoundCloud playlist to relive the sounds from the festival over and over again in the coming days!
DJ Mustard is usually known for his popular Bay Area-hyphy sound, but today he dropped off an upbeat, airy remix of the Rihanna/Kanye/Sir Paul McCartney banger. Where the original features some strings that are standard for the Beatle, Mustard delivers a remix that’s closer to something we’d expect to hear from Sunset favorite Kygo. If this is the sound Mustard’s going for his next album, sign me up.
Totally unexpected (to me at least), Paul McCartney dropped a new track last night titled “New.” With its poppy vocals and light-hearted strings and cymbals, “New” sounds exactly like an old Beatles song, which I don’t think any of us would complain about, ever. Paul McCartney’s new album drops on October 15th in the States, 14th in the UK.
Outside Lands: That time when San Franciscans make their annual trek into the foggy depths of Golden Gate Park to tap into their inner rocker, raver or head bopper depending on the vibe they’re going for (and/or how many drinks they had the night before).
Show-stopping performances came from newcomers and veterans alike throughout the course of the weekend, but a few stood out to me as especially noteworthy. [Continue reading to get the skinny on all the best performances, songs and secrets from the weekend from guest writer Molly Murtaugh.]