Arcade Fire ensure Lollapalooza’s final night ends not with a whimper, but a vibrant bang

Lolla wound down Sunday with a heavy hitting lineup that spanned all major genres. Arcade Fire played the main stage against Justice, Rae Sremmurd and Zeds Dead. The headliners perfectly captured the massive variety that helped close out one of the biggest festivals in the world.

ARCADE FIRE

Chicago marked their first official stop on their tour following last week’s release of “Everything Now.” Arcade Fire did everything in their power to close out the weekend on the most perfect note. Playing several songs from the new album, the energy and freshness of these new jams flowed perfectly into their classic hits. The 100 minute set was a never ending barrage of their amazing talent and beautiful music blaring to the tens of thousands in attendance. Lead singer Win Butler was so gracious to the Chicago crowd and appeared to be emotional at the end of the set after covering John Lennon‘s “Mind Games.” Arcade Fire ended with the biggest bang the Lolla audience could have hoped for, it’s a show that most will never forget.

THE SHINS

This band seems to get better with age. “Heartworms” was an excellent new release and showed this band continues to evolve and grow into a band that isn’t going away any time soon. Their live show has evolved just as much and their energy was at a level I’ve never seen it on Sunday. Their classics “Caring is Creepy,” and “New Slang” flowed perfectly into their new hit single “Name for You.” They even closed perfectly with “Sleeping Lessons,” which had a brief cover of Tom Petty‘s “American Girl” thrown in. The audience loved every minute and it was the perfect way to lead into Arcade Fire.

RAG ‘N’ BONE MAN

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man is a big dude but he has even more soul than his frame can handle. His voice mesmerized the afternoon crowd which was filled with a lot of people hoping to catch the later hip hop headliners, but as Rag ‘n’ Bone let into his hit single “Human”, he had every one grooving along with him and singing. The English singer-songwriter was playing his first ever U.S. festival and he definitely siezed the moment.

JOSEPH

This is definitely my favorite discovery of the festival. These three sisters from Portland, Oregon enchanted me with their beautiful, sweet harmonies and ability to go from acapella hymns to rocking folk. I fell in love with each one of them and they have a new giant fan.

LO MOON

This L.A. electronic band is a blend of St. Lucia with London Grammar. Unfortunately they were up against an unfortunate time slot for their music as they played in the early afternoon sun. But their sound was soothing, gripping and they were giving it all they had. I can’t wait to catch them in a dark intimate space because this band has a lot of great things going for it.

Photo by Daniel Boczarski.