Lollapalooza Day Two: The British are coming
Sometimes Sunday is the day to stay at home and rest, but other Sundays are the days to enjoy some of the best music in the world. It may look like after more than 20 different performances during the first day, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, James Bay, The Libertines or Bastille, there was no way to improve, but Lolla Berlin still had a lot to show.
Germany may not sing ‘God save the Queen’ but clearly believes in saving the Queen’s music, as British bands dominated the second day at Lollapalooza Berlin.
The Tempelhof airport woke up with Wolf Alice who opened the performances at the main stage. Berlin started the day dancing with the North Londoners, but it was not long until the rock took the stage with the Welsh band Stereophonics, who started by welcoming all those arriving in the morning.
Continuing the musical tour around UK, it was the time for the Scottish band Belle and Sebastian who could not have had a better vibe on the stage; both musically and in their interactions with the audience. The band was missing their cello girl who was trying to make it from the airport, on stage they pointed out how cool would had been, as the festival was hosted at the old tempelhof airport in Berlin, that a plane would have taken her directly there or just through her in a parachute. Stuart Murdoch, main singer of the band, was neither afraid to joke about himself while sharing a funny confession about his shinning silver trousers: ‘my wife told me not to wear this trousers today, but well… she is in Scotland’. The band even got some fans from the crowd on the stage and get them dancing to their music.
There was also a place for local bands in Lollapalooza. The Berliner Beatsteaks and Seeed were playing during the afternoon on the second main stage. From the energetic reggae of Seeed to the rock of Beatsteaks the crowd went crazy; dancing and jamming to the music, the bands certainly felt at home.
It may seem that there is no place where he has not been, but this was Sam Smith’s first time at a Lollapalooza festival, and he had great news to share with his fans confirming that he will be singing the next James Bond theme. He started explaining what most of the people know, as he already said it in one of his acceptance speeches for a Grammy, about how his album is about him falling in love with someone that didn’t love him back and being heartbroken.
This time he went a step further explaining that it is hard for him to relate to these songs; ‘these are no longer my songs, these are your songs, I really hope they will help someone else’. The four times grammy winner also apologised to the audience in case his voice didn’t sound perfect after an earlier illness, but together with his powerful R&B trio choir they didn’t miss a note.
For the closing acts on the second day the crowd and also the hearts of the Lollapalooza audience were divided. While the dancers stayed with Tame Impala and Martin Garrix, rock lovers enjoyed an amazing performance from Muse at the main stage.
Lollapalooza was for many groups the last date of the festival season, but for Tame Impala, it was also the last date of their current European tour, the Australian group said goodbye at the Berlin alternative stage. While next to them the young Martin Garrix delighted the techno music fans.
The big final act where the biggest crowd that was seen during the day got together was the band Muse. The British outfit opened their performance with a powerful guitar solo, and from that moment there was not a minute of rest for the audience who were jumping and singing to the music. Muse lit up the stage, even threw huge balloons into the audience during the middle of the show.
England, Australia and the Netherlands; pure rock, psychedelic rock and techno music, playing at the same time, giving the perfect picture to close Lollapalooza Berlin, a festival where all the great music got its own stage.
Written by Aida Pelaez
Photos by Aida Pelaez