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article imageTwo Door Cinema Club, Coldplay shine at Lollapalooza Special

By Camden Yorke     Aug 8, 2011 in Entertainment
Grant Park - American music festival, Lollapalooza, celebrated its 20th anniversary Friday and--with an impressive lineup of more than 100 artists performing--the extravaganza is one that attendees will not soon forget.
The weekend-long festival, held annually in Chicago's Grant Park, welcomed many performers; with mainstream artists like Cee Lo Green and other lesser known--yet equally talented--artists like the Arctic Monkeys taking the stage, no area of the music spectrum was left unexplored.
Not unlike the stars that we see in the sky, however, some stars that performed during the sold-out, three-day festival, shone brighter than others.
Enter Two Door Cinema Club, an Indie Rock band from Northern Ireland that has been steadily creeping up on the American music industry in the past year. The trio, which participated in significant music festivals Coachella and Glastonbury earlier this summer, captivated the audience with a set list containing songs from their debut album "Tourist History" and some new songs from what will be their sophomore album.
Ben Thompson, touring drummer for Two Door Cinema Club, shared his thoughts on the event.
Ben Thompson  drummer  of Two Door Cinema Club performing at Lollapalooza  2011.
Ben Thompson, drummer, of Two Door Cinema Club performing at Lollapalooza, 2011.
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"Lollapalooza seems to have an audience of people who just come for a good time and listen to good music rather than for the actual bands," said Thompson. "It was great because it felt as if a lot of people came to see Two Door Cinema Club for the first time and, hopefully, really liked it!"
Thompson, who has been touring with the rest of the band, non-stop, for the past two years, enjoyed spectating just as much as he did performing at Lollapalooza.
"I am loving Foster the People, at the moment," Thompson admitted. "Great album, great live [performers] and great people," he added.
Two Door Cinema Club is working hard. When asked if fans could expect to see the band perform live again any time soon, Thompson had good news.
"We are touring the States in September. Other than that, we will be recording the new album over the next few months and hopefully release it mid next year."
Alternative Rock band, Coldplay, also took to the stage Friday and served as the closing act for the first night of the festival.
Coldplay s Jonny Buckland  (left)  and Chris Martin  (right)  performing at Lollapalooza  2011.
Coldplay's Jonny Buckland, (left), and Chris Martin, (right), performing at Lollapalooza, 2011.
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The band paid tribute to the late Amy Winehouse by performing her hit single, "Rehab," and performed many of their own established hits before ending the evening with a tremendous display of fireworks.
No strangers to fame and success, the members of Coldplay--despite now being 15 years into their career--had no shame in admitting how grateful they are to have been selected to perform at Lollapalooza.
"It took us 20 years to get to Lollapalooza," front-man Chris Martin said, "thank you for making...four men's dreams come true."
Coldplay was sure to return the favor. The band performed a 19-song set list--singing songs from its debut album, Parachutes and even including newer songs, like "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall--taking many fans back to the moment where they first fell in love with Coldplay's music and then giving them reason to remain fans of the English band.
The magic, however, did not end there. With two nights of the festival remaining following Two Door Cinema Club and Coldplay's spectacular performances, other artists stepped up to the plate; Ellie Goulding, Eminem, DJ Skrillex and Foo Fighters all managed to leave audience members in a state of euphoria upon performing.
Syeda Warda, a first-time Lollapalooza attendee, left the venue overwhelmed with joy when the festival came to a close yesterday.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs soaked in rain.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs soaked in rain.
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"It was my first time at Lollapalooza," said Warda. "I went specifically on Sunday because of the Foo Fighters."
Warda, along with 90,000 other people in the audience who were caught in the rain, was energized by the band's persistence to continue throughout the inclement weather.
"There was rain and Dave Grohl said something like, 'rain can't stop us,'" and "then we sang 'Hero' with him," said Warda. "I think this is as close as it gets to having a transcendental experience; I am a happy soul."
This year's Lollapalooza Festival proved that talent in the music industry can come in all shapes, colors and sizes from varying musical directions. Although some performances might have outshone others, the bottom line is this: for those attending, what matters is not which artist performed best but rather that the fans--all 270,000 of them--were part of the experience.
If you were unable to be a part of the experience, you can visit Lollapalooza's YouTube channel to stream the event.
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