August 15, 2017 mountainproductions

[EVENT RECAP] Lollapalooza 2017 Took Chicago’s Grant Park by Storm

Lollapalooza (n.): 1. an extraordinary or unusual thing, person or event; an exceptional example or instance; 2. A large lollipop

Celebrating its 26th year of existence, Lollapalooza lived up to its name as the extraordinary, exceptional festival that brings in tens of thousands of the world’s most energetic and eclectic fans.  The 2017 festival took over Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3rd through August 6th. As in previous years, the Mountain Productions crew was on site building the stages and structures that envied the Chicago skyline, itself.

Two MTN Truss HD+ stage systems were built to serve as this year’s Bud Light and Grant Park Stages. Sound wings, camera platforms, floating VIP barges, delay towers, and bridges made up just some of the other ancillary event structures that Mountain Productions brought along to Lollapalooza.   

Photo Courtesy of Charles Reagan Hackleman / Lollapalooza 2017

The Grant Park Stage was the place to see a medley of genres, featuring the likes of The Killers, alt-J, Chance the Rapper and Arcade Fire. The Bud Light stage saw even more headlining action that formed a sea of thousands across the Chicago parkway. Migos and Wiz Khalifa opened up the celebration on Thursday. Tegan and Sara, Foster the People and Blink-182 brought the festival back to its alternative roots on Saturday. The xx, Car Seat Headrest and Big Sean brought us home Sunday and Monday, with enough music mixture to have everyone singing along.

Photo Courtesy of Roger Ho / Lollapalooza 2017

More than 170 musicians played for tens of thousands of festival-goers over the four-day festival. By Monday night, fans began their trek back home left satisfied from the sounds of their favorite artists. With the best grub Chicago had to offer, an art market, plenty of merch and some sweet hangouts for quick breaks, Lolla once again proved to have a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy when they weren’t hollering along to summer anthems.

Photo Courtesy of Roger Ho / Lollapalooza 2017

The MTN Truss HD+ stage system proved to be the perfect fit. With an eight tower design and a capacity of up to 400,000 pounds, this stage system is as much beast as it is beauty. Equally as impressive, the sound bays are designed to rig 50,000 lbs each, and the video wings can accommodate up to 25,000 lbs each. Along with its extreme weight capacity, Mountain Productions’ unmatched side wall weather protection makes the MTN Truss HD+ System one of the premier staging systems in use today.

Photo Courtesy of Charles Reagan Hackleman / Lollapalooza 2017

Lollapalooza 2017 has moved on to Berlin, Germany, in continuation of the festival’s world tour. You can catch what’s sure to be a revamped, but equally exciting experience, back in Chicago for Lollapalooza 2018, set to wow next year’s crowd from August 2nd through August 5th at home in Grant Park.

Photo Courtesy of Candice Lawler / Lollapalooza 2017

As Mountain Productions continues to deliver their event production expertise to all of North America’s biggest events this festival season, be sure to stay active on our Facebook and Twitter pages and check our blog often. We have a lot of excitement left this #festivalseason and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on what our team builds next.


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