Music-lovers flocked to the windy city this past weekend to embrace the free-spirited vibes of Lollapalooza and to enjoy one of the festivals best lineups to date. Whether it was an indie rock band like the Vampire Weekend, rapper Travis Scott, or the queen of dance-pop Carly Rae Jepsen, there was something for everyone at the festival to adore and break it down to. However, during my time at the concert, I spoke with several older festival-goers who said Lollapalooza just isn’t the same anymore. While many may feel disappointed in the change of music, Lolla has finally cracked the code and is finally adapting to the hottest and most modern trends. As we see Lollapalooza become the melting pot of music festivals and modifying their ways to meet our needs and wants, the artists and music-goers should too. Therefore, here is a list of do’s and don’ts to do at music festivals and why I’m throwing shade on some of our favorite artists.
What NOT to wear to a music festival
Most people would agree that festival fashion needs a refresh…Let’s get real the flower crowns, fringe, rhinestones, the Henna + Flash tats, and of course the sequence two-piece sets need to go! Today, the festival fashion scene has been changing, and style gurus have been urging people to channel their inner Coachella vibes. For instance, utilize sheer blouses, the ‘90s inspired high-waisted denim, graphic tees, and platform kicks. One thing that people need to keep in mind is that LESS IS MORE! It’s no secret that people mistake some music festivals like Lollapalooza for EDM concerts. Therefore, ditch tight and bright crop tops and the pastel hair extensions.
What I’m Wearing
Lollapalooza weekend is long and hectic. Therefore, I highly recommend picking out your outfits beforehand. Going into the weekend, I was looking for fresh and cool festival looks that will match my vibes once Bruno Mars and Post Malone started performing. I knew the large crowds and beaming sun will make the days long and strenuous. So, I wore comfortable platform kicks from LF Stores and purchased an up-to trend large fanny pack, just for this weekend to hold my belongings.
Day 1: On the first day I kept it casual, since I was only seeing two performers. I wore my favorite distressed high-waisted shorts from LF Stores and my sheer black and white jersey. I paired my sheer jersey with a comfortable lose bralette from Forever 21 and my black studded cross body bag.
Day 2: Day two was the best day by far. I surrounded myself with good friends, great music, and was slaying my favorite outfit. The sun was out to play on Friday. Therefore, I threw on my basic black bando crop top and lightly washed denim shorts to keep cool and comfortable throughout the day. To enhance the outfit, I wore my statement double loop belt, triple chain fanny pack, layered necklaces, and topped off the ensemble with my black mirrored Quay sunglasses.
Day 3: On the third day I wore all neutrals and channled my inner punk-rock side. I wore my white cut out bodysuit and distressed black shorts from LF Stores, which has bold zippers on each side. However, I recommend NEVER wearing a bodysuit to a music festival… it was hot, inconvenient, and extremely uncomfortable.
Performers We Should Stop Praising
Now, let’s talk about the performers. Bruno Mars, Khalid, ZED were absolutely AMAZING and created wild vibes throughout Grant Park. However, hip-hop sensation Travis Scott left the audience speechless as he called the VIP section “privilege bitches.” That’s not it, in 2015 Scott commanded the audience to push through the security barricade and knock down the guards, to start a riot.
Therefore, since 2015 Scott has been banned from the Lollapalooza festival and this year was his first time back. The concert was full of riots, mosh pits, and fights. While many adore the disrespectful artist for his iconic songs like Goosebumps and Butterfly Effect, they need to look at the bigger picture…We live in a society today, where concerts and populated events are dangerous and becoming more deadly. So, we do not need celebrities like Travis Scott egging everyone on. Agree or disagree, but Travis Scott is a terrible influence, role model, and should not be allowed to perform at large concert halls or festivals. Kylie Jenner, you can do better!
Summer Music Festival Guide
- Elements Festival, NYC: August 11th
- Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco: August 10-12th
- Moonrise Festival, Baltimore: August 11-12th
- MAHA Music Festival, Omaha: August 17-18th
- Dreamstate, San Francisco: August 17-19th
- Das Energi Festival, Salt Lake City: August 17-18th
- Billboard Hot 100 Festival, Long Island: August 18th-19th
- Psycho Las Vegas: August 17-19th
- Breakaway Festival, Columbus: August 24-26th
- Lockn’ Festival, Arrington: August 23-26th