The Kids Want Vampire Weekend, Friendly Fires at Lollapalooza 2009

by Steven Roberts

CHICAGO — It’s the final day of Lollapalooza, and we enjoyed some amazing performances this weekend despite adverse weather conditions. On Friday, fans endured the rain and enjoyed performances from Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode and Crystal Castles. They came back the next day to find the raindrops replaced by harsh sunrays, and an amazing performance by the always colorful Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as well as a headbanging good time with Tool.

Well today fans came back for a second day of intense heat, and the final day of Lollapalooza. Sunday’s line-up features some big name performances from punk godfather Lou Reed, The Killers, Snoop Dogg and of course Jane’s Addiction, but we wanted to hit the grounds at Grant Park to see what the kids were really excited to see.

Fans were posted up against the front barrier at the Budweiser Stage waiting for Friendly Fires to come on, and guess what, that’s exactly who some had come to see. “They’re amazing, said 18-year-old Justin. “They play amazing synth and I want to see ‘Paris’ (one of the band’s songs) like crazy.”

Another English band also had fans out in full force, especially females. Erin and Hannah said that they were psyched to see the Kaiser Chiefs. “Because they’re from Britain and they’re awesome and they’re beautiful,” the teenager girls said almost in unison. Another Chiefs fans just out of her teens said the band makes her want to move. “They are just really exciting,” said 20 year-old Kara, “You can dance around to them.”

And then there were the fans facing the age old dilemma of which band to see. Eighteen-year-old J.J. from New York was conflicted about how he was going to see Vampire Weekend at 4:30, or Passion Pit at 5:00. “I think I’m going to go see half of Vampire Weekend, and then go see the full Passion Pit set.” Smart man.