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Lollapalooza Evacuated on Day One as Bad Weather Ruins Lorde's Set

The opening day of Lollapalooza 2017 was cut short as poor weather forced an evacuation of the festival grounds. 

With an hour to go and with storm clouds rolling in, Lorde was pulled off stage by her production manager as she apologized, "I'll do everything I can, I'll be back." 

Ticketholders were instructed to evacuate as the Grant Park, Chicago loudspeakers rang out with the message: "The show will not continue, please clear the park immediately. Follow instructions from the park and Chicago police."

The downpour started as the crowds exited, though the rain seemed to stop by 9:50pm.

Organizers got the news out by social media. “Grant Park is being evacuated due to weather. Please make your way to the nearest exit,” read one tweet. The night’s performances “will not resume,” read another. 

The festival runs from Aug. 3-6 with a typically stacked lineup that also features The XX, Blink-182, DJ Snake, Justice, alt-J, Cage The Elephant, The Head and The Heart, Ryan Adams, Liam Gallagher, Phantogram and Spoon, as well as up-and-comers Rag'n'Bone Man, Maggie Mae, 6lack, Sampha and Jain.

It's unclear at this stage if the day two program will be affected by the inclement weather.

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