Lollapalooza 2019: Day 4 recap


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Country-pop singer Kacey Musgraves performs at sundown to a massive crowd.

Andrea Bian and Marissa Martinez

Lollapalooza came to a close on Sunday, bringing an end to four days of concerts in Grant Park. Crowds flooded the park for the last time until 2020 to see their favorite acts on a sunny, humid day. Here are highlights from Lolla’s final day.

Tayla Parx needed to talk

Bubbly singer-songwriter Tayla Parx [ took to the BMI Stage on Sunday afternoon to a sizeable audience and launched into tracks off her debut album, “We Need To Talk,” released this spring. Next, Parx showed off her vocal and writing skills with the hooks of what she called her “Tayla-made songs,” like Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” or Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes.” Finally, the singer ended with her bouncy track “Rebound” and pleading yet light song “Me vs. Us.” Despite the high temperatures, Parx kept the crowd feeling cool and light — all while wearing a bright, colorful windbreaker to match her sounds.

“Smile,” says Louis the Child

Louis the Child, a production duo who attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, appealed to the Chicago crowd with a slew of remixes and hits, among them the popular “It’s Strange” featuring K. Flay and a remix of Chance the Rapper’s “All Night.” Throughout the beat-bumping set, dancers kept the energy up and skywriting appeared at various points, reading “LOUIS,” “LTC,” and “SMILE.” When the duo brought out Wafia at the end of the performance to join them with their most popular track, “Better Not,” their signature crown logo appeared in the sky to close the set.

Chicago skies matched Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’

The skyline, filled with dark orange and yellow hues, reflected the title of Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy-winning album well. Musgraves lulled the large audience with her soothing voice, starting off her set with songs like “Slow Burn.” Behind her, screens showed psychedelic images of horses and spirals as she sang and played guitar. Musgraves also performed a cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” She continually encouraged the crowd to “feel this moment,” and enjoy itself. Referencing two mass shootings that occurred the day before, Musgraves called the audience “brave” for still wanting to attend a large music festival. “Someone f—ing do something,” she said, and told the crowd to shout the same, following with a soulful rendition of “Rainbow.” At the end of her set, she told the crowd to “get your roller skates on” and finished with a spirited “High Horse” as attendees jumped to the beat.

Ariana Grande reliably delivers the throwbacks and chart-toppers

Expectations couldn’t have been higher for Ariana Grande, arguably one of the biggest pop stars in the world, to close out Lollapalooza with a bang. Unsurprisingly, the crowd began appearing at the T-Mobile Stage long before Grande was scheduled to perform, with attendees anticipating a performance worthy of an artist of her stature. Grande’s production lived up to the hype: her set included a giant sphere often projecting planets or space imagery, and dancers flooded the stage, joining her in impeccable choreography during almost every song. Grande kicked it off with “God is a woman,” sitting at a table with dancers in imagery representative of “The Last Supper.” She also brought out pop duo Social House to perform their collaboration they dropped on August 2, “boyfriend.” Throughout the set, Grande showed off her famous vocal and dance ability, and the crowd cheered on her display as a well-rounded performer. She played plenty of popular tracks from her most recent two studio albums — “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” and “R.E.M,” to name a few — but surprised with some of her older hits, including “Into You” and “Break Free.” Grande’s encore number was “thank u next,” her breakup anthem that has garnered over 854 million Spotify streams. With fireworks and Pride flags, Grande capped Lollapalooza with the confident, cheerful attitude that has helped her skyrocket to stardom.

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