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Patrick’s Playlist: Lollapalooza 2017 Edition

Preview music from this year's Lollapalooza


JULY 2017 – Lollapalooza is less than a month away and few things get Chicago Athletic Association hotel general manager Patrick Hatton more excited than sweating it out over a few days of live music in Grant Park. Each year Hatton pulls together mix tapes of what he’s excited to see and hear at Lolla and this year is no exception — other than he wants to share it with you. To get into Hatton’s mind and experience what he’s experiencing, read his playlist “liner notes” here and then get ready to sit back, plug in and listen to what he’s excited to check out at Lollapalooza 2017.

“On August 5, 2007, I experienced my first Lollapalooza. I didn’t know what to expect and went skeptically as I wasn’t a “festival” guy. Not sure if it was the perks of the Lolla Lounge or watching Iggy Pop from side stage, but an obsession was born that Sunday and I haven’t missed a single day of Lolla since. As a matter of fact, I often outlast my kids and younger friends. Last year I saw 33 shows including two aftershows in four days. I’m nuts, but love the challenge of navigating the madness to catch all four bands whose sets overlap between 2:15 and 3:45 on Saturday.

Starting in 2008, I put together Lolla Preview mix tapes for my crew. Back in the day, it was CDs burned with tracks bought for $0.99 a pop in iTunes. The disks would get passed around the office until they wound up in my friend and festival buddy Hill Cavan’s drawer. I was limited by space on CD and cost, so most were artists/songs I knew. I’d issue a Lolla Recap mix tape after the festival full of stuff I heard for the first time over the weekend. Today, I can be much more sophisticated and bring a more diverse and comprehensive collection.

Admittedly, I was not terribly inspired by this year’s lineup, so I decided to get super nerdy in my approach to this mix tape and listen to a sample of every artist in the line up, excluding DJs. And that’s how this year’s preview was built. No, I didn’t include all artists, but a single track from every artist I knew, liked and/or found interesting, in order of performance, by day. Yep. In order of performance, by day. NERD! Only exceptions to single track commitment are The Killers and Arcade Fire, the two headliners I’m excited to see, again! Required to include “Mr. Brightside” as The Killers were my daughter Haley May’s first concert and I still snap a pic of my radio and send it to her whenever it comes on. Also dropped in a Joey Bada$$ track featuring Nyck Caution for my boy Sean in NYC.  Whether you listen in order or shuffle it up, I hope you enjoy and I’ll see you at Grant Park!”

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