Lollapalooza evacuated, ends early due to severe weather

An approaching storm caused the early closure Thursday night of the first day of Lollapalooza, officials said.

Warnings from the National Weather Service about a dangerous storm approaching caused organizers and the city to close the event ahead of schedule, according to a statement from event organizers. 

Those at the festival were evacuated from Grant Park as headliners Muse and Lorde had begun their sets.

Crowds were calm, but the early departure was causing some commuter travel woes, according to pictures from various “L” train stations, and not sitting well with some festivalgoers.

“I’m just incredulous,” said Jake Lambden, 22, who came from Australia to see the band Muse. The band played a few songs before the evacuation. “It’s laughable.”

Erik Smith, from Chicago, got to catch some of Lorde and Lil Uzi just before the park closed its gates.

“(The evacuation) was the right thing to do … this is just like if you’re on a golf course and storms come in,” he said. “Same thing.”

Crowds were relatively calm near the exit at Congress and Balbo, and some could be heard singing as they walked along Michigan Avenue. Others were seen riding Divvy bikes the wrong way down the street.

Singer Lorde, who was onstage at the north end of the park, tweeted after her set was called off that she had “the most spectacular show planned.”

Matt Bellamy, lead singer of the band Muse, said on his Twitter page that officials made the band leave the stage after just three songs. Bellamy called it a nightmare and said he was “gutted.”

The second day of Lollapalooza is expected to go ahead as scheduled Friday. Performers set for day two include blink-182, The Killers, DJ Snake and Run the Jewels.

Associated Press contributed

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