The Hideout may hide in the midst of an industrial park, but it's teeming with Chicago music history. On Saturday, Sept. 24, the music venue and bar celebrates its 15th anniversary under its current owners. Once again they’ll be holding their popular Block Party.
As Lolla 2011 wrapped up its final sold-out day in Grant Park, the festival seemed even more crowded. Perhaps many of the gate crashers who reportedly formed flash mobs to await opportunities to jump fences (as this YouTube video revealed) made it through and remained.
It was a much muddier scene at Lollapalooza 2011’s second day in Grant Park. It felt more crowded, with some serious audience bottlenecks on the South side of Grant Park during the latter half of the day.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary (give or take the years in between when the once traveling fest ceased existence), Lollapalooza returned to Grant Park for its seventh year in Chicago. It marked its largest attendance, with 270,000 fans expected over the weekend.
Album sales are down, and parts of the touring industry have slumped but there’s a segment of the live music world that’s thriving. Music festival culture is growing in the states, with early sellouts at Bonnaroo and Coachella. Pitchfork Music Festival sold out of its three-day passes in a week.