Beat the heat


Jonah Charlton

Blake Shelton performs at Country Lakeshake.

\Pitchfork, Lollapalooza and LakeShake were among several music festivals students attended this summer.

Names as notable as Lauryn Hill, Post Malone, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott and Blake Shelton came to Chicago to showcase a variety of genres for tens of thousands of fans. ETHS alum Kweku Collins also performed at Lollapalooza in 2017 and again at Pitchfork this summer. Collins is a young rapper who has recently made a name for himself through releasing multiple albums such as Say It Here,While It’s Safe, Nat Love, and Grey.

Collins performed on the last day of Pitchfork’s three-day festival which hosted over 40 alternative artists. Tickets cost $75 for a one day pass and $175 for all three.

“My favorite memory would be seeing Noname and dancing with my friends in the back of the crowd,” senior Julia Shoaf says. “I had a really good time meeting people and hearing how passionate they were about the artists. I also loved how everyone was dancing and not afraid to move in whichever way to the music in order to express themselves freely.”

Two years ago, Lollapalooza added an extra day for its 25th anniversary, making it the longest of all the festivals. Four day passes are $335 while one day passes are $125. Lollapalooza focuses on bringing together all types of music featuring everything from rap to country shown through the performers.

My favorite performance was Lil Uzi Vert; he had so much energy, and I knew all of his songs,” junior Kennedy Crenshaw says. “I think ticket prices are worth it, because you can see so many artists and the experience is worth the money.”

Lakeshake is a another three day music festival which hosted over 30 country artists at Northerly Island in Chicago. Ticket prices range from $100-$150 for general admission one day passes. There are various tickets to can purchase that give you access to different areas of the festival and nicer amenities.

Lakeshake’s atmosphere is different than Lollapalooza’s because Lakeshake offers two types of tickets. If you get a pavilion ticket it means you’re in a special area closer to the artist but general admission means you stand on the grass about 150 feet away,” senior Ryann Oakley says. “As for Lollapalooza, it’s nicer because everyone has equal chance of being front row.”

Students take advantage of music festival opportunities to spend time with their friends outdoors and experience their favorite artist.