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Lollapalooza Day 3

So I really hit my stride come Day 3. I kind of think the festival as a whole did too. Even after every muscle in my body ached from lugging around camera gear the previous two days, it was kind of a Custer’s Last Stand to get great shots on Sunday.

Boys Noize really got a huge crowd warmed up for MSTRKRFT.

I didn’t get more than a few shots of MSTRKRFT because some stage manager had a bone to pick with me and didn’t let me shoot them. Which turned out to be a good thing because I just decided to leave and camp out for Jane’s Addiction instead.
I’m glad I did, since they only allowed the first handful of photographers to enter the pit.

And that band knows how to end a weekend festival. So I got the best photos of the whole weekend out of them. Dave Navarro was back in the saddle on guitar backing Perry Farrell’s screeching vocals:

Lollapalooza 2009 Day 3 Boys Noize

Lollapalooza 2009 Day 3 Jane's Addiction
Lollapalooza 2009 Day 3 Jane's Addiction

And by the end of the show, when I was about to put my camera away, I was at the right place at the right time to catch this:

Lollapalooza 2009 Day 3 Jane's Addiction
Lastly, thanks go to for providing press credentials for the weekend. Check out the well-written full reviews of the weekend there.

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Lollapalooza Day 2

The weather completely 180′d on everyone for Day 2 of Lolla. In fact, it almost threatened to break 100 degrees! I was commenting with a fellow photog about how irritating it is when sweat drips in your eye when trying to shoot.  It was almost oppressively hot.  But I say again, nevertheless, the bands didn’t give up, so neither did I.

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s put on a great closing set, but the stage lighting was awful because it required a lot of blacklight which, while visually appealing, doesn’t translate well on film. So it was difficult to get good shots of them, especially amidst the most photographers I’ve ever seen gathered in a single photo pit, elbowing for a decent shot. Next time I think I’ll rent a longer lens. That way I can beat them down with it and then get a good close-up :)

Lollapalooza 2009

Lollapalooza 2009 Santigold
Lollapalooza 2009 Perry Farrel
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Karen O Lollapalooza 2009

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Lollapalooza Day 1

So right off the bat, I’m gonna mention how rainy it was. Not even a downpour, mind you — that I can handle. It was one of those humid foggy kind of rains that renders my equipment borderline crapshot. I spent more time defogging my lens than shooting it seemed.

Even if I managed to snap a half-decent shot, the colors were grey and the contrast was mud. Speaking of mud… There was a lot of that, too. It made travel from stage to stage quite the daunting task.

Nevertheless, the bands didn’t give up, so neither did I.
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Lollaplooza 2009 Day 1 Of Montreal

Lollapalooza 2009 Day 1 Crystal Castles Alice Glass

Lollapalooza 2009 Day 1 Depeche Mode Dave Gahan

Lollapalooza Weekend Warmup

So this is more of a warmup for me, considering it was only Thursday. But Berlin was hosting a whole flurry of DJs including from Passion Pit and Brazilian Girls, so it seemed like a great way to crack my knuckles in preparation for the upcoming weekend. In fact, I think most people there were of the same mindset.

The thing I like about Berlin is it makes my job easy — it’s open til 4 AM and the drinks are poured with a heavy hand. There’s nearly 100 photos of people dancing and drinking til the wee hours. If you were there, chances are your mug is in the Lollapalooza Pre-Party gallery. Click the photo to find out.

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