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35 Amazing ‘I Was Actually There!’ Lollapalooza Moments

Favorite memories from a home away from home.

Curt Tagtmeier



Lollapalooza in Chicago has always been my home away from home.

I have gone to this event in some capacity every year since 2007. I have seen it change over the years as the musical landscape has evolved. Some years I only attended after-shows, while other years I went to the festival each day.

The one thing that never changed was the opportunity to see some amazing musical performances that made for great concert memories.

Here are clips of some of my favorite performances from 2007-2018. You might even see a younger version of me in one of the clips if you look closely enough. 


“Slow Hands”, Interpol

“Chasing Cars”, Snow Patrol

“Stuck Between Stations”, The Hold Steady


“Steady As She Goes”, The Raconteurs

“Smiley Faces”, Gnarls Barkley

“The Bends”, Radiohead


“Brianstorm”, Arctic Monkeys (Metro Aftershow)

“Day and Nite”, Kid Cudi (Congress Theatre Aftershow)


“Hard To Explain”, The Strokes

“1901”, Phoenix

“Fancy Footwork”, Chromeo


“Four Winds”, Bright Eyes

“Clocks”, Coldplay

“Mother” (Danzig Cover), Cee Lo Green


“Australia”, The Shins

“Coeur d’Alene”, The Head and the Heart

Iron Man”, Black Sabbath

“One Armed Scissor”, At The Drive-In


“The Funeral”, Band of Horses

“I Think We’re Alone Now” (Tiffany Cover) The Killers

“Ludlow”, Houndmouth


“Helena Beat”, Foster the People

“The Ghost Inside”, Broken Bells

“Roses”, Outkast

“Tongue Tied”, Grouplove


“Shut Up and Dance”, Walk the Moon (Vic Theatre Aftershow)


“Unsteady”, X Ambassadors (Bottom Lounge Aftershow)


“Breezeblocks”, Alt-J

“Roll Up”, Wiz Khalifa

“Bittersweet Symphony” (Verve Cover), Mondo Cozmo

“Everything Now”, Arcade Fire


“Faded”, Alan Walker

“Runaway”, Galantis

“Give Me a Try”, The Wombats

“Past Lives”, BØRNS

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Curt Tagtmeier is a writer and librarian hailing from Chicago, Illinois. He has a Master’s degree in history and library science. He is currently writing a music series entitled Chances Are Music Is All I Got, which began in May 2017 available on Amazon. The series aims to review 100 live premium concerts by May 2019. Mr. Tagtmeier is currently on 80 shows so far. You can follow this journey on Instagram @chancethebook11 and his Tumblr blog, How Am I Not In The Strokes Yet. When he isn’t writing or listening to great music, Curt is most likely sleeping.

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