Choosing between major headlining sets at festivals usually isn't a hard task for me, as my taste leans towards pop/dance over rock. Last night at Lollapalooza 2016, Red Hot Chili Peppers took over the Samsung stage while Disclosure owned the Bud Light stage almost a mile away. Naturally I chose the U.K. brothers, but I soon regretted my decision.
Scroll down below for all the reasons why I should've stuck around for RHCP's performance (read Jessica's review of their set here) instead of trying to fulfill my pop fix with Disclosure.
2. RHCP opened their set with three back-to-back classic songs: 2002's "Can't Stop," 2006's "Dani California" and 1999's "Scar Tissue." WHY did I think I wasn't going to enjoy this again?!
3. The rockers' crowd seemed to be filled with enthusiastic fans who were passionate about the music, and their energy was astounding compared to the audience over at Disclosure.
4. I met two random bros during RHCP, and we had a fun singalong—not once, but twice. The singalong moments at Disclosure were almost nonexistent.
5. Disclosure's sound levels were way too low for a major performance, and their lively dance songs suffered because of it.
6. The electronic duo brought out two guests: Kwabs for "Willing and Able" and Brendan Reilly for "Moving Mountains." But it was too bad the teen-filled crowd didn't recognize their talent, probably because they were expecting someone like Lorde or Sam Smith.
7. Disclosure relied too much on non-vocal beats for their transitions. I understand they wanted to flex their house music muscle, but save that for the club. It didn't translate at a big festival like Lollapalooza, and ended up sounding anti-climatic.
Seeing RHCP live at a festival is a once in a lifetime opportunity, whether you enjoy rock music or not. Even though I did get to see the band perform a few songs, I'm kicking myself for not soaking in the entire experience. It would've been a better payoff than waiting around to hear "Latch" for the umpteenth time.