Lollapalooza 2011, Friday | Recap

Lollapalooza 2011: Day 1: Coldplay

Lollapalooza 2011: Day 1: Coldplay Coldplay: Jeremy M Farmer


You really feel those extra 10,000 people. Daily attendence at Lollapalooza is nearing six figures. Columbus Drive was clotted with bodies. Last year you could easily zip up and down the thoroughfare.

Most of those extra folks could be found at the expanded Perry's area, now a massive tent that resembles a circus, a cattle show or rodeo. And when "wobble" superstar Skrillex filled the sucker up with his bwoom-wub-wub-wub-wub bass music, all of the above was not too far off from the vibe under the big top.

Foster the People were the clear winners of the day, drawing a headliner-sized mob. Dressed for a piano recital, frontman Mark Foster was genuinely and endearingly shocked by insanity that resulted from the band's debut album, Torches. It's a short record, but every freaking Manchester-meets-Malibu tune sounded like a hit.

That set encapsulated pop's biggest trend, dance music. Wherever a pulsing beat was being played, young adults in neon baseball hats would flock. Even Tinie Tempah's DJ, who kicked off a set spinning a mix of radio hits like LMFAO and Chris Brown, was a magnet for sweaty college kids bounding towards the field with arms waving.

Foster's keyboard-injected cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" was one of those great "festival moments." As was Coldplay's Amy Winehouse tribute, a ballad take on "Rehab" that led into "Fix You."

A complete rundown of our reviews and photo galleries: 

The crowd

A Perfect Circle
Afrojack
Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 
Bright Eyes 
Ceci Bastida
Coldplay
Crystal Castles
Cults
Delta Spirit
Feed Me
Foster the People
Girl Talk
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Le Butcherettes
Los Bunkers
Muse
OK Go
Ratatat
Ruby Jane
Ryan Leslie
Skrillex
Smith Westerns

Tab the Band

Tennis

The Kills
The Mountain Goats
The Naked and Famous
The Vaccines
Tinie Tempah
Two Door Cinema Club
White Lies
Wye Oak
Young the Giant


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