Safety hazards, party atmosphere overshadow music at Lollapalooza

Kelly Wynne, Features Editor

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Somewhere along the line, Lollapalooza has become somewhere to guard yourself from your surroundings, rather than relax and enjoy a weekend of good music.

 

Lollapalooza, to college students, is a final chance to celebrate the end of the summer before going back to school, but the excessive party atmosphere has arguably taken over the music festival’s original purpose of showcasing live music.

 

Throughout the three days, it was not a rare occurrence to see someone unconscious being quickly wheeled to one of the many ambulances lined up around the medic tents, or another dancing around with blood streaming from their nose, not even noticing, thanks to some type of molly.

Drugs and alcohol are common at music festivals, but it was easy to question the security guards’ priority on safety when they turned the other way when watching attendees smoke marijuana no more than 20 feet away from them. Although 10 felony drug arrests were made, maybe the lack of repercussion was due to the fact that many more serious crimes were being committed on, and near the grounds.

This year, it was reported that during Arctic Monkey’s set, a man bit another man so badly, that the victim must be tested for HIV within the coming months, and just outside the festival, a 53-year-old man selling tickets was stabbed in the chest. Another festival goer was sent to the hospital after a group of teenagers hopped the fence, crushing the woman on their way in.

Whether Lollapalooza is worth the money comes down to personal opinion, but if concert enthusiasts are expecting a Woodstock type of camaraderie among the 300,000 attendees, they have chosen the wrong festival. Lollapalooza has proven to be a deceivingly inviting environment, in which every man is truly for himself.

 

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