Weather forces evacuation at Lollapalooza

Thunderstorms, wind gusts halt fest schedule

Severe weather forced the evacuation of Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival, with encroaching thunderstorms threatening wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour. It is unclear whether or when the show will resume.

The three-day fest, which started yesterday, was evacuated around 3:30 pm local time, with emergency shelters set up near to the Grant Park location.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists,” Shelby Meade, communications director for fest promoter C3 Presents, said in a statement. “We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first.”

Lollapalooza, one of the “big three” U.S. fests along with Coachella and Bonnaroo, drew around 90,000 attendees per day during last year’s installment. Tonight’s bill was set to feature headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Ocean and Avicii.

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