Record-Breaking Crowd Descends on Grant Park for Lollapalooza

City officials and festival organizers reported a crowd of 100,000 people flocked to Grant Park each day for the weekend festivities, setting a new record for the event.

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Monday, Aug 5, 2013  |  Updated 1:59 AM EDT
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As Lollapalooza wrapped up the last night of its three-day music festival, officials estimate the event drew hundreds of thousands of music lovers. Christian Farr reports.

As Lollapalooza wrapped up the last night of its three-day music festival, officials estimate the event drew hundreds of thousands of music lovers. Christian Farr reports.

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As Lollapalooza wrapped up the last night of its three-day music festival, officials estimate the event drew hundreds of thousands of music-lovers.

City officials and festival organizers reported a crowd of 100,000 people flocked to Grant Park each day for the weekend festivities, setting a new record for the event.

Last year, the fan-filled festival drew 270,000 music-lovers over the three days, marking historic attendance and tying the record set at the 2011 fest.

Sunday’s lineup featured a myriad of musical acts with performances by bands like Vampire Weekend, Phoenix and The Cure.

Throughout the weekend headline performers rocked the stages at Grant Park.

Friday’s hits included Lana Del Rey, Steve Aoki, The Killers and Nine Inch Nails.

Saturday’s lineup had a few schedule changes with two band cancellations in three days.

Lollapalooza announced Saturday that they were canceling a performance by the experimental rap group Death Grips.

Death Grips was reportedly a no-show for a festival after-party Friday at the Bottom Lounge.

The 8:45 p.m. slot on the Grove stage was filled by Los Angeles rock band Bad Things, who rocked out the stage’s final performance of the night and left fans raving.

The band featured prominent snowboarder Shaun White on guitar.

“He shreds more than snow!” the Twitter fan page for the Olympic star tweeted.

Saturday’s lineup at the Grove stage was already shuffled earlier in the week when Azealia Banks’ performance was canceled Thursday due to a throat infection.

A Saturday highlight that left fans stunned happened when lead singer for The Lumineers, Wesley Schultz, waded into the crowd during the band’s set in an “up close and personal” performance.

The Lumineers and Bad Things were among several crowd-pleasing bands to headline Saturday, including hit performances by Kendrick Lamar, The Postal Service, Steve Angello and Mumford & Sons.

Though fans drudged through soggy grounds Friday in a brief flashback of the muddy mess that plagued the festival in past years, the grounds dried up for the rest of the weekend event, to the delight of many Lolla-goers.

Last year’s stormy weather evacuated the more than 60,000 in attendance and 3,000 staff members, causing thousands of dollars in damage to the grounds.

This year’s mostly dry weather could lower the historically hefty repairs bill.

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