We had a team on the ground of this year’s Lollapalooza, and they’re bringing back the hottest news from the summer’s most epic (and muddy) music festival.

On the third day of Lollapalooza, God said “Let their be mud” and then there was and lots of it.

It all started with a slight drizzle that turned into two major thunderstorms.  Not that that impeded anything amazing happening onstage.  If anything, it made the performers rock harder.

However, it made watching somewhat messy as the grass at Grant Park became increasingly less like grass and more like mud, starting what should be dubbed as Lollapalooza’s [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Deadmau5[/lastfm] Mud Dance Party 2011.

Some might think that the rain and mud would disperse the party and cause Deadmau5 to put on a lackluster performance, but exactly the opposite happened.

Deadmau5, who takes his name from an mIRC monkier, came to Lollapalooza ready to party and fans from around the park made the mecca to see the Canadian DJ put on one hell of a party.

His stage, made by the same geniuses behind Daft Punk’s pyramid stage really pulled off a visually appealing experience that perfectly coincided with the incredible aural journey that Deadmau5 was taking his fans on.

Deadmau5 started spinning almost exactly when it started to rain, which seemed like a magical special effect that Deadmau5 called in to make his set just that much better than anything else going on at Lollapalooza.

All around, you could see mouse ears bobbing up and down, highlighting hardcore fans and transfixing passerby’s that didn’t even know they were Deadmau5 fans.

Each time Deadmau5 played one of his major hits like ”Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” ‘Some Chords” and “Raise Your Weapon,” the crowd would sync into a bob that perfectly matched the tempo of the song and it was like watching the world’s finest puppeteer at work.

Still, Deadmau5 had more in store for his fans, bringing out Sofia “Sofi” Toufa to sing on two songs, “Sofi Needs A Ladder” and “One Trick Pony.”  She hit the stage and immediately reacted to everything by exclaiming, “This is so awesome!”

But by the end of the evening one thing was clear, Lollapalooza wasn’t just about highlighting new rock acts, or paying homage to iconic band but about the vibe of the music.

Deadmau5 clearly realized any old rockband can play a bunch of hits, but that a real musician can turn a nasty summer storm into the dance party of the summer and he did exactly that.

Still, a greater question remains, if the big pull to Lollapalooza is a dance party put on by some of the most excellent DJs the world has to offer, will their be an obvious shift in next years lineup?


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