We first met up with the guys Thursday night for some authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza at Lou Manatalas. The wait was long, but well worth it and much needed as the guys had been up for about 30 hours straight at this point. Despite the exhaustion Kev still booked it into Chicago’s Beauty Bar for a sold-out DJ Set at 12:30AM. He spun some high energy, high bpm cuts across all different genres to keep Chicago’s natives sweating well into the early hours of the morning. Special thanks to the Beauty Bar for keeping us in the house long after last call and taking great care of us.
Friday morning brought an 11:15AM Lobby Call for the band and staff as we did interviews, took pictures, and played sessions for some of our favorite friends at MTV, Rolling Stone, Spin, AOL, Nylon, Virgin Mobile, Billboard, Sirius/XM, Slacker Radio, WXRT, CD101, The End in Seattle, WLUM in Milwaukee, The Edge in Toronto, WMYS in Milwaukee, and many many more. Despite this grueling schedule the guys collected themselves for an energetic and enthusiastic set on the Sony Stage at 5PM, following what could have been one of the most talked about sets of the day from our friends Foster The People. The crowd grew and grew as the band played on, and a personal highlight for me was seeing the hundreds of people get on each others shoulders as Alex instructed them and lead a huge dance party. It was absolute perfection as we looked on from the stage into the massive crowd of enthusiastic festival-goers.
After the bands’ set they went to their FYE Signing, where fans had lined up for a few hours to say hello, get pictures, and have the band and have their copies of Tourist History.
Later that night the guys played a party at The W Hotel with Fitz and the Tantrums sponsored by Belvedere Vodka. The band and party-goers helped themselves to some free vodka before retiring to the after-after party with our friends at The Hard Rock Hotel. Excitement was raging in the city of Chicago into the wee hours as we all retired to our respective hotel rooms.
Saturday morning brought a more relaxed vibe as the band got taken care of with some free swag from our friends at ADIDAS, BMF Media, Ray Ban, and many more. They had a great lunch with their agency before heading to the legendary Chicago station WXRT for 4 songs and an interview with PD Norm Winer, including a beautiful cover of “Blackbird”. Later that evening the band played a sold out gig at Lincloln Hall with friends Grouplove supporting. It was another amazing, sweaty, but fun set in a very intimate 500 capacity club, the likes of which Two Door Cinema Club have not played in ages. A truly special show for fans and friends alike, with a beautiful custom poster to commemorate the show.
All in all, it was an amazing Lollapalooza filled with both work and play. We wish the guys safe travels back to the UK and anxiously await their return to the US in September. Can’t wait to see them and everyone out at the shows! Make sure to get your tickets now if you haven’t already!
Much festival love,