Radiohead set to rock Chicago's Lollapalooza fest
By Ros Krasny
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Thousands of music fans swarmed Chicago's sun-drenched lakefront on Friday for the opening of a three-day festival that will feature British sensation Radiohead and local hip-hop phenomenon Kanye West.
Lollapalooza is billed as the nation's largest alternative music festival, an ultra-marathon of music, street food, beer and sunscreen.
The art-rock quintet Radiohead is riding a wave of success from its critically acclaimed 2007 release "In Rainbows," which the band famously sold via download for whatever price customers chose, including for free.
City officials promised airtight security for the festival after a fatal, gang-related shooting a month ago at Chicago's Independence Day fireworks show.
Fans camping out early to save prime seats for Radiohead's Friday night gig were in a light-hearted mood.
"We just came from The Go! Team, and it was really cool," said Wayne Bromgard, 22, of Chicago, referring to a band from Brighton, England whose music is heavy on action theme songs and cheerleader chants.
"I like to hear everything. The headliners get people out, but the other side is coming out and checking out new stuff," said Chicagoan Sandy Hunter, 23.
Daniel Mollendor and Andrew Villalobos, both 21, traveled from Fort Collins, Colorado, with a clear agenda in mind. Continued...