Northwestern students flock to Lollapalooza for four-day music festival

Vic Mensa performs at Grant Park stage on Friday night at Lollapalooza.

Source: Roger Ho/Lollapalooza 2017

Source: Roger Ho/Lollapalooza 2017

Vic Mensa performs at Grant Park stage on Friday night at Lollapalooza.

Ben Pope, Summer Editor

Muse’s “Starlight,” the band’s first massive hit in 2006 and the favorite song of Weinberg junior Mark Scovic, has always sounded a bit like a The Killers song — roaring vocals, heavy guitar during the chorus and an 80s-in-the-2000s vibe.

On Friday night at Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago, it was. With Muse’s Thursday night headline set rained out, The Killers covered “Starlight” — as well as The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm” — as part of their own performance in a surprise move that sent the tens of thousands of fans in attendance into chaos.

“Those covers were pretty special,” Scovic said. “They offered the ‘Starlight’ cover as a bit of consolation, which was cool because there isn’t any other compensation for bad weather.”

After a wet Thursday, three straight days of beautiful weather for the festival flooded Grant Park with an estimated 100,000 daily attendees to watch acts perform from noon to 10 p.m. on eight different stages, including headline acts ranging from Chance the Rapper to The Killers to Lorde.

A tiny percentage, but nonetheless a sizeable number, of those 100,000 were Northwestern students, making the relatively quick CTA Red Line commute to Chicago’s biggest summer event.

Among the throngs of unbuttoned button-downs, crop tops and other prototypical festival attire that crowded a blocked-off Columbus Drive on Saturday was a man in a “Saturdays are for the ‘Cats” shirt and another wearing a Northwestern basketball jersey, showing their NU spirit.

Weinberg sophomore Ryan Callaghan, meanwhile, went for a more ubiquitous look in his Chicago Bulls jersey but said he came partially for the music and partially for a…

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