With a footfall of over 60,000 across 2 days; Lollapalooza India ends on a high note!
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Entertainment | January 30, 2023 | News
Iconic music festival Lollapalooza breached a new frontier in the eighth destination of the festival in Mumbai, India and what a banging start it was! With the inaugural, first-ever edition in Asia, Lollapalooza brought its multi-genre music experience to Indian shores, with a world-class experience at the Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai. Excited fans and vivacious energy set the stage, while the cooler temperatures made way for warm memories for everyone present. Wooing the audience on the first day were some of the most sought-after global and homegrown artists.
With international and homegrown artists setting the stage on fire, fans traversed from one stage to the other as a beautiful and striking play of light and sound brought alive the heart of the city like never before. The crowds were filled with enthusiastic audiences, jumping tall, cracking into some killer dance moves, a sea of cellphones lit up in the air, some fans camping much in advance of their much-awaited shows for their favourite artists and many catching the Lollapalooza artistic and creative vibe of popping colours into signs they held up to speak to the artists.
Eclectic energy and a roar of cheers from the audience welcomed the most-awaited heavyweights and headliners of the debut edition, Imagine Dragons, who took over the BudX stage dropping their massive hits including ‘Thunder’, ‘Radioactive’ and new fan favourite, ‘Bones’ while electronic music producer Zhu dropped some of his all-time hits including ‘Faded’ and ‘Desire’. The highlight of the evening and a proud moment was, when Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons took the Indian flag from a member of the audience and waved it high and tall!
Greta Van Fleet, the rock legends, were a crowd favourite, their all-time classic ‘Highway Tune,’ was sang in unison by the crowd and the acoustic rock was a fitting end to one of the most loved performances of the day. As the golden hour set in, ‘Brown Munde’, AP Dhillon along with Shinda Kahlon started off with the top sets of the evening, giving the audience the best of Dhillon’s boppy tracks, including the latest from his recently released album, ‘Two Hearts Never Break The Same’.
Featuring over 60 brands across four specially themed zones or lanes, the Lolla Food Park was the biggest star with different themes and various cuisines spread across the Mumbai Local Lane, Lolla Around The World lane, Lolla Grub Shub lane and the iconic Lolla On Wheels lane. To top it all, every single food brand whipped up a special ‘Lollapalooza’ dish exclusively created for the festival in line with the vibrancy and melange of its music that is not available on their menu otherwise.
Also seen grooving at Lollapalooza India 2023 were actor Aditya Roy Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Aadar Jain, Sussanne Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kajol, Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha and Huma Qureshi amongst others in the crowds cheering for their favourite artists.
Indian audiences at Lollapalooza India 2023 sailed through a series of emotions on Day 2 of the iconic music festival, with rock-heads headbanging to The Strokes, Rap fans vibing to Divine, K-Pop fans screaming as they couldn’t get enough of Jackson Wang, Sunday night done right with Diplo’s beats, while many engulfed in the poetic warm notes by Cigarettes After Sex and Prateek Kuhad.
Excitement levels peaked when The Wombats started their electrifying performance followed by the much-awaited and young heartthrob Jackson Wang who made his debut in India with Lollapalooza with an unparalleled energy having the crowd dancing to his tunes. Fans turned up in large numbers keeping up with the K-pop star’s epic moves and out-of-the-world energy warming up for closing beats with Diplo’s special ones for India including ‘Lean On’ and ‘Where are you now’ even as he followed it up with the Punjabi number ‘Mundian tu bach ke’. Headliners The Strokes were the unparalleled finishers for the debut edition of the festival performing their evergreen songs including ‘Last Nite’ and ‘Take it or leave it’ even as they joined Mumbai in its SRK fever drawing inspiration from the blockbuster Pathaan drawing a mention at their performance during the festival.
The festival took the baton of #LollaForChange led by BookASmile, the charity initiative of BookMyShow in full swing as a minimal waste festival zone, managing food wastage and increased sustainable measures were at the core of Lollapalooza India. Festival attendees were more than thrilled to comply and cheer on as they participated actively in measures to reduce waste. Signature Lollapalooza India installations curated with a local flavour were an absolute hit.
Lollapalooza India 2023 was a visual treat with colourful, vibrant installations lining the Mahalaxmi Race Course including the festival’s themed Wall of Rotating Blocks that were neon rotating blocks that move with a single touch and the 16 ft Lolla Rubik’s Cube - a mix of vibrant colours and grey matter all in one frame adding to the vibe and leaving attendees wanting more!
The BudX, Walkers & Co., NEXA and the Perry x Budweiser Beats stages saw some of the most enthusiastic fans from across the world making their way into the Mahalaxmi Race Course for both days of Lollapalooza India 2023 to catch a glimpse of 40 musically gifted artists with special acts in its debut edition!
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Fans were left still wanting more after 20+ hours of thunderous music and reverberating energy buzzing through the largest music festival of 2023.