For another straight year, Lollapalooza did not disappoint for its sold out crowd. With fans traveling all over the world for the Windy City music festival, this year’s lineup had high expectations and Lolla met every one of them. Fans enjoyed headlining performances from artists like Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Arcade Fire and MUSE, while also catching sets from some of the most exciting newcomers in music today.
And from Thursday afternoon to Sunday night, we have compiled our list of some of the most memorable moments we will have to look back on from Lolla 2017.
Check out our favorite moments from Lollapalooza 2017 below.
Less than a month removed from their big performances at Coachella, The xx brought their North American tour to The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. Supported by British singer/songwriter Sampha, one of the biggest emerging names from the past year, The xx was set to deliver a memorable night for their Wisconsin fans in the sold-out crowd.
To kick off the night, Sampha warmed up the packed crowd with a number of tracks from his debut album, Process, which was met with a lot of critical acclaim upon its release just a couple months ago. Easily one of the biggest emerging names in the past year, Sampha not only is touring the continent with The xx, but he has already worked with names like Drake, Jessie Ware and Kanye West. One of the highlights of Sampha’s set in fact, was his performance of ‘Timmy’s Prayer’, a track that Sampha co-wrote with West. Needless to say, this will not be Sampha’s last time in Milwaukee, as he has a very long career ahead of him.
After a brief intermission, while crew set the stage for the night’s main event, it was time for The xx to emerge for their sold-out crowd. Comprised of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith (“Jamie xx”), The xx has be been recording music for nearly a decade, but only just released their first studio album in over four years with I See You. And as a result, their fans across the globe have celebrated their return. Touring the world, performing big name festival sets, and releasing a brand new LP, The xx is as hot as ever.
Tonight the acclaimed indie pop band started their set on a high note, with a performance of their 2017 single, ‘Say Something Loving’. Following up with their tracks ‘Crystalised’ and ‘Islands’, both from their 2009 debut, The xx jumped between their three albums throughout the night, from the moment the show kicked off until the end of the night.
And as fans were left wanting more, following The xx’s 15-song set, the London natives returned for a three-song encore, consisting of some of their best tracks, one from each of their three albums, with ‘On Hold’, ‘Angels’ and ‘Intro’, perhaps their biggest song to date. Reminding fans of the early records and their new music as well, The xx couldn’t have picked a better group of tracks to cap off the memorable night.
Peep our photos from tonight’s performance below, and be sure to get tickets for one of the remaining dates of The xx’s North American tour at their official website before they are all gone.
Kanye West and Solange collaborator Sampha is definitely an artist to watch in 2017. And after the release of his song ‘No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)’ last week, Sampha gave a very special performance of the new track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Produced by Sampha and Rodaidh McDonald, Sampha’s forthcoming album Process is currently scheduled for a February 3rd release on Young Turks. And after the release of Process, Sampha will be taking his new album on the road for a worldwide mini-tour that will kick off with a few U.S. dates from February 6th – 9th, as well as performances at Coachella, Primavera Sound and more.
Watch Sampha perform ‘No One Knows Me’ on The Tonight Show below.