Blogapalooza Day 4: Lollapalooza closes out the festival with a mix of nostalgia and new as Green Day returns and J-Hope makes history

By Abra Richardson, Staff Reporter

Festivities wrapped up with a mix of the new and old; the first ever K-pop headliner, J-Hope, lit up the night, and Green Day rocked out to their classics to close out Lollapalooza 2022. 

Emo-pop band Hot Milk was announced to perform later than the rest of the lineup, but that didn’t mean fans didn’t know about them performing at the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage. The band performed their hits like “Candy Coated Lies” and “Split Personality.” Down at the T-Mobile Stage, rising pop star Zoe Wees gave her first performance in Chicago.

“I felt so loved,” Wees said. “Of course it was a little weird for me because I’m like, OK, I can’t hear myself, I gotta go off the stage real quick. I felt weird, but it was so nice to me.” 

Though there were technical difficulties with Wees’ in-ear monitors, fans were still excited about her performance. 

Lined up after her, the south stages took turns hosting indie-pop and rock artists back to back, like Goth Babe, Måneskin, Beach Bunny and Porno for Pyros.

Goth Babe also had technical difficulties with their computer heating up, but like Wees’ performance, they showed no signs of stopping. Their set consisted of a dance off, birthday celebration with cupcakes for fans, and a sentimental speech from the singer Griff Washburn, where he thanked his fans for paying for all of their gear replacements after a fire.

Måneskin’s set was filled with their best songs like “SUPERMODEL,” “LIVIDI SUI GOMITI” and the cover of The Four Seasons’ song “Beggin’.” The crowd went insane when the Eurovision 2021 winners came down from the stage to crowd surf and get closer to the action. 

At the north stages, The Marías, Charli XCX, Local Natives, The Kid Laroi, and Lucielle Croft gave the crowds nothing but a show filled with energy and dancing.

Maria Zardoya, the lead singer of The Marías, sang her heart out and crowds sang right back to her during most songs like “Hush,” and her cover of Britney Spears’ “… Baby One More Time.”

Charli XCX put on a great show consisting of all of her party anthems she has put out throughout the years like “I Love It,” “Boys” and “Unlock It.” 

Each side of the festival grounds were catered toward fans of the two main headliners, J-Hope and Green Day. 

Before the headliners, Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot made an appearance alongside festival founder Perry Farrell to announce the 10-year deal with C3 Presents to keep Lollapalooza in Chicago.

J-Hope made history by becoming the first ever Korean artist to headline Lollapalooza.

Amy Zhang, one of J-Hope’s fans, or better known as “part of the ARMY,” spoke about K-pop coming to Lollapalooza.

“I think it’s great,” Zhang said. “Hopefully TXT’s [performance] yesterday really exposed a lot of new people to it. Obviously, I think the fact that so many people are here already waiting for a headliner that’s going on at 9 p.m. is indicative of, you know, K-pop’s popularity.” 

J-Hope’s performance was nothing short of spectacular. Performing a couple songs from his band BTS, which is currently on hiatus, and plenty of his own songs to fill his set. He even brought out Becky G toward the end of his set for a few songs.

Green Day made a glorious return to Lollapalooza, making their first appearance since 2010 and gave an unforgettable performance. For many in the crowd, their music is nostalgic and the night was filled with emotions.

From the opening song, “American Idiot,” to the very end “Good Riddance,” and everything in between, it was a special night. Everyone in the band was a true showman, giving it their all and interacting with the crowd. A fan was pulled from the front of the crowd and got to perform on stage with them and take home one of Billie Joe Armstrong’s guitars.

It was the best way to close out Lollapalooza 2022.