Contemporary into a brand new 10-year contract, Lollapalooza 2023 kicked off Thursday with renewed objective going into its subsequent decade.
Though a lot of the setup is similar as in years previous, this 12 months brings a brand new concentrate on solar-powered vitality (highlighted by Billie Eilish partnering with environmental nonprofit REVERB to cut back carbon emissions for her headline set) in addition to extra worldwide acts rounding out the 170-artist lineup performing throughout eight phases.
Verify again because the Solar-Instances critiques units from Eilish and Karol G, the primary Latina to headline the pageant.
Listed here are the highlights of Day 1 thus far:
NewJeans is first Korean pop lady group to play the pageant — and the huge sea of followers gathered for the efficiency could have additionally been the largest the pageant has pulled for a 5 p.m. set time. “Consideration” was a transparent favourite of the group who instantly waved a spread of bunny ephemera within the air (followers name themselves “Bunnies”). Different favorites included “Tremendous Shy” and “ETA,” all of them taking up a ‘90s R&B really feel, and, coupled with a few of their quasi-fly lady strikes, recalled different American lady teams of the period. — Selena Fragassi
Pleasure Oladokun took the Bud Mild Stage Thursday afternoon and owned each minute of it. Introducing certainly one of her most frightening songs, “Sunday,” with its whispered choir hymnal chorus and verses about being “washed clear,” Oladokun talked of rising up within the church, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, and being homosexual. “It was arduous to return to phrases about being myself,” she shared, “however I feel that’s a really human factor.” Oladokun ended together with her newest single, “We’re All Gonna Die,” sans the tune’s collaborator Noah Kahan who’s additionally acting at Lolla at present, too. Not that Oladokun wanted any extra star wattage. — Selena Fragassi
Wearing a customized Dolce&Gabbana go well with, CAROLA rocked the Perry’s Stage together with her full of life beats. The DJ blended tons of in style digital dance music songs, like Calvin Harris’ “Really feel So Shut” and Daft Punk’s “One Extra Time.” Her set was undoubtedly geared towards a extra American viewers — not one of the funky Brazilian vibes that normally distinguish her sound made their approach to the setlist. When CAROLA makes her manner again onstage for her 8 p.m. set on Thursday, possibly she’ll infuse a few of these favela funk vibes into her music now that followers know a bit of bit about her. — Ambar Colon
Thursday began with Rage and Khaos — higher referred to as the 2 members of the duo Unhealthy Neighbors, who got here able to make some noise with their heavy mix of entice music, hip-hop, punk rock and steel that, from the primary notes, drowned out the thumping of the early EDM acts on Perry’s Stage. The duo spent more often than not within the crowd, amongst a modest throng of individuals, performing like hype males on steroids on songs like “Unhealthy Romance.” Whereas their look alone grabs consideration — filled with face tattoos and tinges of horror-core — it’s their sound that could be a distinctive marker, finest described as made for Gen Z however sampling from Gen X. — Selena Fragassi
When British crooner Matt Maltese took the stage on Thursday afternoon, it will’ve been simple to have mistaken him for Paul McCartney. Not solely did his mop high hair present a throwback visage however his Beatles-que harmonies on early tune “You Deserve An Oscar” additionally had been a lifeless ringer for the opposite UK greats. But Maltese is a lot greater than a “Yesterday” redux. His billowing songs, filled with emotional depth, sardonic wit and darkish creativeness are among the finest existential songwriting this aspect of the millennium. It’s the stuff that’s simply begging for the suitable placements in a Wes Anderson flick or Netflix teenage lore, however for now TikTok will do. — Selena Fragassi
Lesly Reynaga kicked off the primary day of Lollapalooza in Grant Park with a midday set on the Bacardi stage, taking part in some songs off her newest album, “Valerosa,” for a small crowd that gathered on the entrance of the stage. Her music is an attractive mix of regional Mexican and Latin and American pop music, and he or she borrows components from every style to create a sound that’s uniquely her personal. She sings in ballads about the entire issues she experiences in life: being part of a protracted line of sturdy girls, being a mother, present on the intersection of the U.S.-Mexico border. — Ambar Colon