Lollapalooza 2013 Day One: The Killers, Atlas Genius, Rock & Recycle and more

By Hilary Gridley

Lollapalooza kicked off Friday with great music and great causes. Check out some of the highlights below and stay tuned for more coverage throughout the weekend.

The Neighbourhood
LA-based alt rockers The Neighbourhood may have had one of the first sets of the day, but they still attracted a large crowd of fans eager to see this quickly rising buzzband. The crowd favorite, “Sweater Weather,” set the tone for the whole festival and was worth the early start to the day.

Atlas Genius
The Australian (vegetarian!) brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery haven’t been on the festival circuit long, but expect to see way more of them in the future. “Trojans” might be the song getting the most radio play, but the rest of their recent album, “When It Was Now,” is just as catchy and translates perfectly to the stage.

Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass knows how to fire up her fans. Her energy can’t be kept on the stage; throughout the set she walked across the crowd on her fan’s adoring hands. The songs blended together, in and out of each other, making Crystal Castles of of the most interesting and unpredictable sets of the day.

New Order
New Order hasn’t missed a beat. The iconic 80s band sounded as amazing as ever, delivering hits like “Temptation” and “Blue Monday” with the mastery and energy of a band at the height of their career. When they launched into “Love Will Tear Us Apart” for the finale, the crowd collectively lost their minds.

The Killers' Brandon Flowers

The Killers
The Killers have played at five different Lollapalooza shows, and there’s a reason for it. Friday’s headlining act started with a bang, launching immediately into “Mr. Brightside” and traveling through their entire discography, including a cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” two versions of “Human,” and ending with “All These Things That I’ve Done.”

Rock & Recycle Program
Want some free swag? Check out the Rock & Recycle booths around the park. They’re handing out plastic bags so fans can collect recyclables from the ground and help keep the park clean and green. Fans can then turn in the cans and bottles they collected for a free t-shirt.

Camelback filling station
Boxed Water, the official water partner of Lollapalooza. makes every effort toward sustainable packaging, but even they know that reusable water bottles are the best choice for a trash-free festival. That’s why Camelback set up water bottle filling stations throughout the park so fans can stay hydrated sustainably.

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