Kygo Thrills Fans in Storm-Shortened Lollapalooza Set and After-Show

Olav Stubberud


The tropical house star packed his truncated performance with crowd-pleasers.

A severe storm threat forced Kygo to cut his closing set short, but not before he pleased the packed Pepsi stage with a flurry of fan favorites.

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Tensions were high in the green room before the show, where the Norwegian artist and featured vocalists Conrad, Parson James, and James Hersey nervously awaited news of whether the set would be allowed to happen. Famous dogs Manny the Frenchie and Doug the Pug lounged blissfully unaware of the situation, wearing blue Mutt Muffs to protect their ears.

"We're praying to the weather gods," said Hersey, glancing skywards at foreboding clouds. 

Smiles filled the room as the green light was given. The artists rushed onstage to get started as quickly as possible.

"What’s up Chicago? How are you feeling?” Kygo queried his roaring crowd. “My name is Kygo and I’m very happy to be here.”

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With the storm threat looming, Kygo didn't waste anytime in addressing his hits, opening with his popular remix of Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire" and dazzling the audience with sparklers. The Lollapalooza crowd erupted at the first "baby" that introduced Kygo's cheery rework of Marvin Gaye's classic "Sexual Healing." Parson James grinned and took a video as his voice rang out on the speakers during "Stole the Show."

However, trouble was brewing in the storm-darkened sky. Hersey pointed across the stage at Kygo’s manager pacing and shouting at a stage technician. “You gotta love Myles yelling at the dude on the side of the stage right now.”

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Word came in that the festival would be shut down early for the storm, but Kygo's manager apparently managed to secure him one last song.

“The last song I’m about to play is called Firestone,” announced Kygo. “Make some noise for Conrad!”

The Australian singer bounded atop the booth and basked in the crowd’s adulation. “Lolla put your hands in the air,” he shouted. “We have one more song, so let’s do it!” 

Conrad led the audience in a full-throated sing along, allowing attendees to take up the chorus for the song's “we light up the world" refrain. The artists rushed back to the green room as raindrops started to fall.

"I felt bad we had to cut it short," Kygo said afterwards. "That was such a great crowd too."

"You'll make it up to them at the after-show," said someone.

"Ah yeah.. but it won't be the same," Kygo replied.

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It wasn't the same, but the energy at the Concord Music Hall event was still electric. Kygo treated fans to cuts that didn't make it into the storm-shortened set, as well as another spirited live rendition of "Firestone" with Conrad. Flower leis hung on nearly every neck while a ridiculous straw hat made the rounds on the stage. Doug the Pug was somehow still awake and enjoying the show.

After Kygo's final performance of a weekend that included a secret Uber-sponsored show and festival sets at Osheaga and Electric Adventure, the backstage atmosphere was one of relieved celebration. The Bergen native popped a bottle of champagne while Conrad rapped Drake lyrics with gusto. 

"I can't wait to go home and sleep," Kygo said with a satisfied grin.


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