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See the Best Photos from Lollapalooza 2017

From Chance’s epic hometown crowd to Machine Gun Kelly’s Chester Bennington tribute, all the best shots and moments from the Chicago music fest

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Twenty-six years since the very first Lollapalooza kicked off, the now-veteran music festival stretched out over four days in Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3rd to August 6th. And while very, very stormy weather spoiled planned sets from Lorde and Muse, headliners like local boy Chance the Rapper (bringing an old cohort onstage), Run the Jewels (rapping with a fan), Tegan and Sara, Machine Gun Kelly (paying tribute to Chester Bennington), Cage the Elephant and others made the 2017 fest as raucous, varied and satisfying as ever. Check out the best photos from the long weekend.

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Chance the Rapper

Entering the stage on a motorbike August 5th, the hometown hero played to a huge crowd, later spraying them (benevolently) with a fire hose.”I’m going to f–k this show up,” the rapper said. “I want it to just be me and Chicago.”

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Vic Mensa

Another Chicago MC – rumored to have been feuding with Chance the Rapper recently – was a surprise guest during Chance’s epic August 5th set, performing “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Didn’t I (Say I Didn’t.” “The world will take you a lot of places … never let it take you away from fam,” Chance said before Vic took the stage.

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Liam Gallagher

The outspoken former Oasis frontman ended his scheduled one-hour set on August 3rd after just 20 minutes, later tweeting an explanation: “Sorry… Had a difficult gig last night which fucked my voice. I’m gutted.”

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Machine Gun Kelly

Performing on August 6th, the singer-rapper was on the verge of tears as he held a moment of silence before launching into a cover of “Numb”. “I’ve been waiting to do this for three fucking hours, man,” he told the crowd. “And I just don’t want to rush through it. While these skies are gray and cloudy, I’d like to just take a moment to maybe dedicate this moment to our friend Chester Bennington from Linkin Park.”

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Charli XCX and Halsey

Charli XCX brought out surprise guest and future tour mate Halsey during her August 6th show to stage a sing-along of Spice Girls’ anthem “Wannabe.” “You guys like girl power, right?” Charli XCX asked before the performance. Together, the duo tackled the rest of the 1996 single, even busting out some of the British group’s trademark dance moves.

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Run The Jewels

The highlight of El-P and Killer Mike’s August 4th set? Inviting super-fan Jacob Powell to join them onstage – and perform a cappella– after they spotted his hand-made poster “Let Me Rap Legend Has It.”

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Muse

Along with Lorde, Porter Robinson and Lil Uzi Vert, the August 3rd/opening night headliners cut their set short after severe weather forced the evacuation of fairgrounds. For her part, Lorde tweeted that she was “gutted” by the cancellation. “This is the most MELODRAMA shit ever.”

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Tove Lo

The Swedish pop visionary (who flashed the crowd, per usual) stuck mostly to her second LP, Lady Wood, but sang trademark tracks “Talking Body” and “Habits (Stay High)” as well for her August 6th show.

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The XX

The moody British trio played a robust 15-song setlist which included “I Dare You” and “Loud Places” on August 5th.

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Tegan and Sara

Acknowledging literally everyone during their August 4th show, the sisters (singing debut 2007 single “How Come You Don’t Want Me,” “Closer” and “Nineteen” among others) shouted out “This is going out to the VIP” and, later, “This verse is for the general population!”

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Cage The Elephant

The band’s 17-song set concentrated on their two most recent LPs, Melophobia and Tell Me I’m Pretty.

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The Killers

The Brandon Flowers-fronted band added a pair of surprise covers to their August 4th set as they performed both the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm” and Muse’s “Starlight.” 

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Rae Sremmurd

The brothers from Tupelo, Mississippi – famous for “Black Beatles” – played a scorching August 6th set.

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