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40 Best Things We Saw at Lollapalooza 2014

Chicago turns up with Eminem, Outkast, Skrillex and some heavily costumed fans

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Drew Reynolds

With the skyline in the background, Lollapalooza once again brought three days of music to Chicago's Grant Park. Kings of Leon and Artic Monkeys rocked out, Skrillex and Calvin Harris kept the crowd dancing, Outkast and Nas rapped some of the greatest verses ever written, Iggy Azalea played her song of the summer and a few dedicated people dressed up as those inflatable tube-men that wave outside car dealerships. Here the best things we saw.

Ratking

Alex Reside

Best Punk Rock Moment (Rap Edition): Ratking

When you are an up-and-coming act getting a chance to play a festival as huge as Lollapalooza, you're clearly going to give it all and put your entire life into your performance. Sometimes all of that energy leads you to smacking yourself in the face with your microphone and bleeding from your forehead for the majority of your set, which was exactly Wiki of hip-hop trio Ratking's ordeal on Saturday. The group kept the stage so wild, that it was barely noticeable to most that Wiki was bleeding for at least a few songs and not once did he falter as he, Hak, and Sporting Life repped New York — even thought Wiki had to have been in excruciating pain as the spot on his forehead kept turning into a brighter shade of red.

The Groomsmen

Jessica Hopper

Best Spectacle Bros: The Groomsmen

Marauding groups of bros-in-costumes at Lolla is a growing tradition. This year, some were camouflaged or matchy-matchy; others were done-up like seapunks on safari; all were game to pose for a pic with you and your friends, no matter how how turnt you (or they) were. They were there to be seen. This five-deep posse of wannabe Groomsmen (who insisted they were headed to a wedding later in the day) were not content to merely get in your selfie, they were also serving as twerk objects when duty called, happily getting low with passerby.

 

 

R. Kelly

Alex Reside

Best Conversation Starter: R. Kelly

Chicago's own R. Kelly showed up to help out Chicago's own Chance the Rapper, performing "The World's Greatest," "Bump N' Grind" and, of course, "Ignition (Remix)." This came just days after Ohio's Fashion Meets Music dropped the controversy-wracked singer from their line-up entirely. Was this a sign of the indefatigable nature of his music? An insensitive error in judgement? Two hometown heroes just finding an excuse to collaborate?

Wookiee

Chewbacca watching Into It, Over It at Lollapalooza on August 1st, 2014 in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Alex Reside

Alex Reside

Best Wookiee: This Guy

How do you say "Having Fun?" in Shyriiwook?

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