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Lollapalooza 2021 unleashed over one year of pent-up energy on Day 1 with a stunning lineup that included superstars like Aly & AJ, Olivia O’Brien, Saint Jhn, Tchami, and Miley Cyrus. From when I arrived at 1 pm all the way until when Miley closed out the night with “Wrecking Ball,” Chicago was lit with infectious energy. The city was well-represented with food like Harold’s Fried Chicken and delicious deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s. More importantly, Grant Park once again proved why it’s an unrivaled festival location with its beautiful and idyllic views of Chicago from anywhere you stand. See my Lolla 2021 Day 1 Recap and top performances below.
Aly & AJ
If you grew up in the early 2000s watching these two on the Disney channel, you dreamed of the day when you could hear them live. I was lucky enough to live out that childhood dream yesterday. Singing “Potential Break-Up Song” back to these two incredibly talented singers was a moment I will never forget. I wasn’t the only one that felt way as thousands of attendees rushed to Aly & AJ’s set as the iconic song intro poured out of the T-Mobile stage.
This pop powerhouse began her set with her song “Tequilawine,” which sparked the perfect vibe for the rest of her set. With songs like “No More Friends” and “NOW,” she shined bright and brought confidence to the Bud Light Stage. Not to mention, her sense of style is amazing, from her purple lace jumpsuit on stage to her red and white two-piece outfit she wore later on to enjoy the festival. Overall, I know one thing, and she has a new fan in me!
This man has energy, and he releases it all on stage. Not only did the “Roses” rapper jump into the mosh pit, but he also interacted with fans and danced in the crowd, all while performing. Other hits he performed are “Suck to Be You,” “Trap,” and even Beyonce’s “Brown Skinned Girl.” While on stage, he told the crowd about his previous Lollapalooza experience when he drove from NYC to Chicago overnight to make it for his set time and only had 1,000 people in the crowd. Well, yesterday, he had thousands of more fans than that watching him at the Lake Shore stage, and it was well-deserved.
Last night, the father of house brought Chicago to church with his electric bounce house on Perry’s Stage. The crowd was huge, and he got the people moving! I saw lots of moshing (but tried to avoid it for my own safety) and a ton of shufflers – which is an art in itself! He played songs like ‘Praise,’ and ‘Proud’ as the home of house ate up every minute and every drop like it was the last drop of water at Lollapalooza! The energy was high, and so was the BPM.
Miley truly had us feeling the high energy of each banger she played as she closed out Day 1 of Lollapalooza with the largest crowd I have ever seen with my own eyes. She played every song a fan of hers since Hannah Montana would’ve wanted her to hear, including “The Climb,” “Wrecking Ball,” “We Can’t Stop,” and even “23.” She brought out many special guests, including Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Billy Idol, The Kid LAROI, and more. As expected, Miley looked incredible (like a Rockstar version of Dolly Parton) in an all-red sequin romper. You can tell that she has a fun presence about her from her interactions with her specials guests. She danced with them and gave each a huge hug before they left the stage. Hearing her soulful voice live is incredible, and I will never forget how she kept the concert-going for an extra 30 minutes because she simply cannot be tamed. See more from Miley’s performance here.