The first night of Lollapalooza was evacuated from Chicago’s Grant Park due to severe weather.
Organizers of the music festival ordered the evacuation shortly after 9 p.m. local time, while performances from headliners Lorde and Muse were just getting underway. The performances would not resume, organizers announced.
Lorde, who performed a few songs in pouring rain before being pulled from the stage, shared her disappointment on Twitter. “I am so gutted guys i don’t know what to tell you,” she wrote.
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy also tweeted that the band was “gutted,” adding, “City/police made us leave the stage tonight 3 songs in at #Lollapalooza. Due to weather/lightning. Nightmare!”
Attendees expressed dismay and surprise on social media while sharing photos and videos of the commotion. See selected reactions below.
Lollapalooza was initially scheduled to run through Sunday; organizers have not yet announced whether the remaining dates will be affected.
Tonight's performances will not resume. Please make your way toward shelter, away from Grant Park. pic.twitter.com/3BTAU2Lhf1— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 4, 2017
fucks sake. i am so gutted guys i don't know what to tell you— Lorde (@lorde) August 4, 2017
they've told us we can't play. i had the most spectacular show planned for you and i PROMISE i will come back to play it as soon as i can ????— Lorde (@lorde) August 4, 2017
looking into the possibilities of a club show but i want you guys to see full tank show. will keep you posted— Lorde (@lorde) August 4, 2017
this is the most MELODRAMA shit ever— Lorde (@lorde) August 4, 2017
please stay safe!!!!! ?— Lorde (@lorde) August 4, 2017
Gutted. City/police made us leave the stage tonight 3 songs in at #Lollapalooza . Due to weather/lightning. Nightmare!— Matt Bellamy (@MattBellamy) August 4, 2017
Crowd awesome, we'll be back, hope lolla book us next year to make up.— Matt Bellamy (@MattBellamy) August 4, 2017
nooooooo i was watching lorde maaan— s (@wiIIiamsdun) August 4, 2017
Friends I'm safe !!!! Lollapalooza 100,000 people evacuated for weather ughhhhhhh during muse 3 songs in ... I'm sooooooo frustrated— Roly Daniel (@TheRolyDaniel) August 4, 2017