Lollapalooza 2018: 2 arrested and 46 sent to hospital on day 1 of Chicago music festival

While one person was arrested for battery, the other was released without charges. Most hospitalizations were cases of people suffering alcohol poisoning or minor trauma.


                            Lollapalooza 2018: 2 arrested and 46 sent to hospital on day 1 of Chicago music festival

Lollapalooza returned on Thursday (August 2) for its 22nd edition. As usual, the music festival goes down this year at Chicago's Grant Park across four days (Aug 2 - Aug 5) and will see a footfall of around 100,000 enthusiastic festival goers on each of those days. With big headlining acts that include the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Jack White, and hundreds of other exciting performances to look forward to, it's no surprise that the festival draws some of the highest numbers every year. Of course, handling the logistics for such a massive event is always a challenge and no matter how smoothly things are planned, there are always some mishaps that are bound to occur, and Lollapalooza 2018 has already seen its fair bit already with day 1 now done and dusted.

Two people were arrested and 46 attendees were transported to local hospitals on the first day of the festival. One person was arrested and charged with battery, while the second person was released without charges, reports The Chicago Tribune. Two people also received citations, according to the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

According to the Tribune report, a representative for Lurie Children's Hospital said six people were treated there on Thursday, mostly teenage girls suffering from drug or alcohol intoxication. Fourteen festivalgoers were sent to Rush University Medical Center - 12 for alcohol intoxication and two for minor trauma. For this year's edition, there were new restrictions in place to prevent attendees from bringing in large bags and liquids. But, like in years past, teenagers still found a way to drink.

Still, compared to last year's opening day, the numbers are slightly more palatable. During Lollapalooza 2017, there were two arrests, 72 people transported to hospitals and 10 citations issued on the festival's first day, which was cut short for storms. So far, this year's edition has been home to sunny skies and pleasant weather and that should hopefully continue over the weekend. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Lollapalooza 2016. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Samsung)
Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Lollapalooza 2016. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Samsung)

Apart from the above-mentioned headliners, notable acts for this year include The National, Travis Scott, St. Vincent, CHVRCHES, Tyler the Creator, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, Greta Van Fleet, Lykke Li, Chromeo, and more. Plus, Perry Farrell will preview his forthcoming Las Vegas attraction, Kind Heaven.

The lineup also boasts Brockhampton, Khalid, Gucci Mane, Dua Lipa, Franz Ferdinand, Kali Uchis, Daniel Caesar, Goldlink, Lizzo, Jessie Ware, Parquet Courts, Stars, Superorganisim, Playboi Carti, Knox Fortune, G Herbo, Taylor Bennett, London On Da Track, Tycho, Mikky Ekko, Alex Lahey, and more.

Select acts from the festival will also receive a live stream via Red Bull TV and its YouTube Channel. See more details here.

Conceived and created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. From its inception through 1997 and its revival in 2003, the festival toured North America. In 2004, the festival organizers decided to expand the dates to two days per city, but poor ticket sales forced the 2004 tour to be canceled. In 2005, Farrell and the William Morris Agency partnered with Austin, Texas–based company Capital Sports Entertainment (now C3 Presents) and retooled it into its current format as a weekend destination festival in Grant Park, Chicago.