North Coast Music Festival 2013, Friday: Faces in the crowd

Severe rain and lightning led to a two-hour delay on day one, postponing Mac Miller and forcing headliner Passion Pit to play DJ.

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  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids evacuate Union Park during North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids evacuate Union Park during North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids wait for re-entry into Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids wait for re-entry into Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

Photograph: Max Herman

Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

For the second year in a row, Mother Nature has wrecked havoc with a Chicago festival. In 2012, a swift, eerily green storm dumped major rains on the second day of Lollapalooza, forcing the cancelation of sets by the Temper Trap, Alabama Shakes, Chairlift and more. Though the kids never seem to mind the mud too much.


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Last night, an ominous front rolled in over the Loop that looked like the coming of Gozer in Ghostbusters. Severe winds blew raindrops sideways while the threat of lightning led North Coast Music Festival to shut down for almost two hours, from approximately 5:30pm to 7:30pm. 







After the Union Park gates reopened, some deft shuffling of set times allowed the big draws—Mac Miller, Passion Pit, AlunaGeorge and the Disco Biscuits—to squeeze in before an 11pm curfew. 


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Though the night was not without its casualties. Headliner Passion Pit saw its gear damaged beyond use by the weather. With dead keyboards, the band was forced to offer a DJ set. The New Yorkers offered an old adage on Twitter:


 




 


There was certainly enough water to make lemonade for everyone.



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