Lollapalooza 2013 attracts record crowds

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 04: Robert Smith of The Cure performs during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on August 4, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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Lollapalooza wrapped Sunday night in Chicago, with its biggest crowd ever. A record 300,000 people descended on the city's Grant Park for the three-day festival, which featured eight stages and some 130 acts.

According to the Chicago Tribune, city and park officials estimated that 100,000 people attended each day of the annual music event, which closed Sunday night with Vampire Weekend, Phoenix and the Cure.

Saturday saw a performance by Grammy-winning band Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, the band behind the hit song "Ho Hey." Also taking the stage Saturday were Kendrick Lamar, Postal Service and Bad Things. Meanwhile, rapper Azealia Banks pulled out of her Saturday set because of throat issues, while the California rap group Death Grips "chose not to appear" for its Saturday performance.

Although the festival was filled with new and up-and-coming acts, quite a few veteran bands took the stage, too. Nine Inch Nails performed at the first Lollapalooza in 1991 (when it was still a touring festival), and the band returned to the Lolla stage Friday night with its first U.S. show in four years.

Other Friday night performers included Lana del Ray, Steve Aoki and the Killers.

By the look at this year's lineup, it's clear that what started out at as an alternative rock festival has really grown into a multi-genre musical hub, featuring everything from country and hip-hop. Eric Church played this year's Lollapalooza. Need we say more?