Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Leisure

Lollapalooza 2012: Chicago Music Festival Evacuated Due To Strong Storms

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 10:09 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

Lollapalooza
Summer is almost here and it’s the season of music festivals! There are more than 100 U.S. music festivals happening this summer and some of them take place in some of the most popular destinations in the nation. To help travelers decide what music festivals to go to this summer, Hotels.com, along with Music Festival Junkies, has come up with a list of some of the best music festivals.(Photo : Reuters)

On the second day of Lollapalooza 2012, the music festival was suspended for the first time ever and thousands of people were forced to evacuate due to heavy rain storms.

As over 100,000 gathered for the music festival on Saturday, temperatures hit the mid-90's and the air was fill of humidity.  However by 3:30pm, announcements were made that strong storms were heading in and the festival would be closed until further notice.

Members of the Chicago Police Department then evacuated the 60,000 concertgoers and 3,000 staff members who were at Grant Park at the time. The attendees were directed to underground evacuation and shelter sites on Michigan Avenue as bands packed up their equipment.

Share This Story

"Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists," Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza, said in a statement. "We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first."

Despite disappointment, the evacuation went pretty smoothly.

"We want to thank the tens of thousands of festival goers, staff, and artists who calmly and safely exited from Grant Park today," Charlie Jones, partner of C3 Presents, the promoter for Lollapalooza, wrote on the festival's site at the end of the incident. "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."

Wind, rain, thunder and lightning hit the area for about an hour, but the park remained closed for two and a half hours. At around 6 p.m., the park was reopened and the bands continued on under a new schedule. They were also given a slightly later curfew to try to make up for the lost time. The headlining acts, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Frank Ocean, Santigold, and Avicii were allowed to play until 10:45, just before the noise restrictions for the park were put in place.

Only a few acts were cancelled on Saturday including Temper Trap, Alabama Shakes, Chairlift, the Dunwells, B.o.B., J.J. Grey and Mofro, and Paper Diamond.

Some bands took to Twitter to keep their fans informed, such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers who wrote "the word we have is that we are still going to play."

The park was closed before the storms arrived as a safety measure. In August 2011, a thunderstorm that hit the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium caused a stage collapse, leaving five dead and 70 other injured. The rest of the festival was called off. At the Indiana State Fair, strong winds caused another stage collapse during a Sugarland concert in August 2011. The incident killed seven people.

The Lollapalooza attendees were not given a refund.

 

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Kas, Turkey

Things to Consider While Planning the Perfect Summer Adventure

It is difficult to figure out where to go when there are so many amazing and breathtaking places around the globe to choose from. But there are a couple of important qualifications that can help narrow down the options: safety, weather, and expense.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Jodi Arias Update

Jodi Arias UPDATE: Convicted Murderer To Live In Prison For Life Without Any Chance Of Parole

Jodi Arias’ latest update reveals that the convicted killer is getting a sentence of natural life in prison with no chance of parole. Now that the sentence has been given, the 2008 murder case that made headlines for its salacious details is finally closed.

No reports of injury after a magnitude 3.5 quake in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Earthquake: 3.5 Magnitude Quake Shakes West Los Angeles Five Hours After Smaller Quake, Due To Drilling?

Los Angeles Earthquake – On Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake shook the Baldwin Hills section of Los Angeles. Residents on social media described the recent Los Angeles earthquake as a “quick jolt.”

Collegiate rowing team gets attacked by Asian carp

Asian Carp Attacks Rowers, Flies Towards Them? [VIDEO]

Asian Carp Attack – Early Friday morning, the Washington University in St. Louis freshman men's rowing team experienced an unexpected scene with a swarm of Asian carp. The Asian Carp attack occurred as swarm flew out of the water and seemingly attacked, or to be more specific, slapped them in the face.

20 sleeping dam workers were killed Balochistan, Pakistan

Dam Workers Killed: 20 Sleeping Workers Gunned By 40 Men In Pakistan

Dam Workers Killed – Early Saturday, gunmen in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province shot and killed at least 20 sleeping workers, while wounding three at a dam construction site. The attack which had the dam workers killed is now considered the deadliest attack in recent times which targeted civilians in a region with low-level insurgency.

Disturbing video shows horse thief being beaten by police in California

Horse Thief Beaten By Police: Shocking Footage Shows 11 Officers Brutally Beating Thief, Gets Internal Investigation [VIDEO]

Horse Thief Beaten By Police – A video showing more than ten deputies beating and kicking a suspected horse thief is making headlines. The footage of the showing the horse thief beaten by police has been recorded by an NBC Los Angeles helicopter Thursday, and it lasts for about two minutes.

Six Thais, one Italian injured in car bomb blast on Thailand's Samui island

Thailand Car Bomb Explosion: Injures 7 In Popular Resort Island, Act Of Islamic Insurgency?

Thailand Car Bomb Explosion – On Friday, a bomb exploded at the Central Festival shopping mall in Samui Island in Surat Thani province, one of the country’s popular resort islands. The Thailand car bomb explosion, which went off in the basement of the mall after a fashion show at 11:30 p.m., injured seven people, according to authorities.

7 died in a plane crash near Bloomington, IL while returning home from NCAA championship game

Bloomington, Il Plane Crash: 7 Dead While Returning From NCAA Tournament, NTSB Investigating

Bloomington, Il Plane Crash – Seven people died after a small plane crash in McLean County, Illinois, near the Bloomington airport Tuesday while on its way home from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis. Authorities said that two members of Illinois State University's athletic department were amongst those killed in the Bloomington, Il plane crash.

Dozens arrested as violence erupts at Kentucky's basketball celebration

Lexington Fans Arrested: Wildcat Fans Rampage Over Loss, 31 Arrests Made

Lexington Fans Arrested – Following the loss of Wildcats to the Badgers, a number of Wildcat fans were left bewildered over the loss. However, some fans were quite enraged that they took their rage literally with a number of fires spread in the University of Kentucky’s Lexington Campus.

Caribbean Beach

Delaware Family Pesticide: Family In Critical Condition Following Alleged Pesticide Poisoning At Caribbean Resort

Delaware Family Pesticide – What should have been a safe and enjoyable Caribbean getaway turned out to be a deadly one. A family from Delaware is in serious condition following an alleged pesticide poisoning at the Sirenusa Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter