The first day of Lollapalooza 2015 yesterday (July 31) offered a lakeside retreat of delights that included headliner Paul McCartney’s hit-packed set (with a surprise duet from Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard), the Shakes’ own truly inspired rock out, the Weeknd making (musical) love to the crowd, and Tove Lo, Father John Misty, Hot Chip, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones getting the party started in the hot mid afternoon sun at Chicago’s Grant Park. Here are seven of the highlights from day one of the festival.
Tove Lo strode out on to the mid-sized Sprint stage to a surprisingly huge mass of humanity for three o’clock in the afternoon on a Friday, and quickly had them all dancing and singing along to “Talking Body.” Soon, the Swedish queen of the clouds set aside her shades to see us all better despite the bright, hot sunlight, as she rolled through her high-energy 45-minute set. By the time she hit the first familiar notes of “Habits (Stay High),” the crowd was was singing almost as loud as she was. “I’m going to give you everything I have, so give me everything you have,” she announced before “Time Bomb.” Looks like she got her way.