In a statement from Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza: "Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff, and artists. We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first."
According to on-site reports from Gimme Noise editor Reed Fischer, heavy rain came down in sheets, soaking Grant Park and the surrounding areas. The grounds were being cleared, but it was a slow process, with many attendees being reluctant to leave. There were a lot of long faces and despondent looks on the fans that were being evacuated.
Here are some first-hand photos of the Lollapalooza evacuation process from Erik Hess:
Many of the updates and rumors that circulated over the afternoon came from Twitter.
Turn the page for Twitter updates from Flea of the Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Frank Ocean, Chicago Tribune
music writer Greg Kot, and the official Lollapalooza Twitter account,
as well as an overhead shot of the evacuation process.