CHICAGO — Less than three hours after ordering an emergency evacuation of Lollapalooza due to potentially dangerous storms , organizers gave fans the all-clear to return. The second day of the three-day festival on the Chicago lakefront came to a sudden halt around 3:30 CT on Saturday when the threat of high winds, hail and flash flooding forced organizers to take the unprecedented step of emptying out the venue.
The event’s promoters said that the show would continue beginning at 6 p.m. CT. “Organizers working with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications have been monitoring the storm and determined weather conditions are safe for people to return and Lollapalooza to resume,” read a statement announcing the decision.
Loudspeaker announcements from the stages informed the 60,000-plus concertgoers in Chicago’s Grant Park that they had to immediately make their way to the exits due to the threat of oncoming weather.
An hour after the fast and furious storms whipped through downtown, the earlier broiling temperatures gave way to a cooler evening, as well as an updated schedule on the festival’s official website. Among the sets canceled due to the interruption: were shows by the Temper Trap, Alabama Shakes, B.o.B. and Chairlift. Sets by Fun., LP, Tuneyards, the Weeknd and headliners Avicii, Santigold, Frank Ocean and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were pushed back as the night’s curfew was extended by 45 minutes to 10:45.
A number of artists tweeted about the weather interruption, including Ocean, who wrote, “Lolla evacuated. Chicago is Storrmin.” B.o.B. added, “Sorry … Lolla got canceled on me … I had a dope show for yall too … til we meet again!” Santigold kept up the good vibes, though, writing, “Looks like the storms is slowing down. It’s not over yet y’all!”
“We want to thank the tens of thousands of festival goers, staff, and artists who calmly and safely exited from Grant Park today,” said Charlie Jones, partner of C3 Presents, the promoter for Lollapalooza in a statement.
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