Calvin Harris at Lollapalooza 2012 | Photos and music review

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When the rains subsided Saturday and the masses returned to Grant Park, there were two kinds of people: the Cleans and the Dirties. The Cleans found a way to stay dry and pristine during the temporary shutdown, while the Dirties embraced the mud, coating themselves in a cakey layer of jet-black mud.

There were plenty of both types at Perry's when Calvin Harris reignited the weekend's biggest party stage, but it didn't take long to realize everyone was leaving this party a Dirty.

Harris fired up the crowd with slick beats, familiar hits and a light show that couldn't be deterred by a torrential downpour. It seemed as if the entire Lolla crowd had convened upon Perry's stage for the set, and the dance party was in full force when the Dirties started snaking their way through the packed crowd. "Whoa! Watch out for the muddy sluts!" shouted a Clean, just before getting an unwanted body print from a falling woman.

By the time Harris launched into his mega-hit with Rihanna, "We Found Love," everyone had abandoned all hope of staying mud-free. And Perry's became, once again, a free-for-all party.

How big was it? The bigger-than-ever Perry's stage area simply couldn't contain the crowd for Harris's set. Sure, some of those jumping up and down on the Perry's overflow on Columbus Drive may have just been happy bystanders who recognized "Feel So Close" as they were walking to the Red Hot Chili Peppers show, but, no matter, Harris did exactly what he needed to do to make everyone get past a dramatic, and unprecedented, Lolla evacuation.

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