It may not look like much now, but as soon as Friday (August 6) dawns, the tent in that photo will be absolutely jumping. It’s one of the many places your intrepid MTV News crew will be stationed around the grounds of Chicago’s Grant Park, where Lollapalooza 2010 will take over for the next three days. From this outdoor nerve center, we’ll be bringing you the latest news, reviews, updates, opinions, reactions and interviews straight from the festival grounds, giving you the full scoop on the greatness being delivered by the likes of Lady Gaga, Soundgarden, Arcade Fire, Green Day and dozens upon dozens of others.
According to the grounds crew, the pre-production process has been slowed a bit by rain in the Windy City, so the ground is still a little bit wet and many of the moving parts still incomplete (it seems likely that the crews will be working well into the night to make sure the festival kicks off flawlessly tomorrow). But we got to see plenty of stuff in motion: The merch tables are well-stocked with Lollapalooza T-shirts, the giant smokers are being loaded up to churn out meat and the Port-A-Potties are, at the moment, squeaky clean (expect that to change pretty quickly). There’s a definite sense of excitement in the neighborhood, as festival-goers are already planning their attacks, scheduling out their days and stocking up on sunblock and bug spray.
As for MTV News, we’ll be bringing you the latest developments as they happen, starting tonight. Intrepid MTV Newsroom Blog editor will be headed over to the Vic Theatre to catch an opening night concert from Soundgarden, while MTV News’ own James Montgomery will be on the scene at Perez Hilton’s “One Night in Chicago” party with B.o.B, Kid Sister, J. Brazil and a handful of others. You can get up-to-the-minute updates by following them on Twitter (Kyle is @kylemtv, while James is @positivnegativ) and be sure to keep in touch with the MTV Newsroom Blog and MTV News for the full reports. We’ll see you there!