Boom-Shaka-Laka: FLOODfest Chicago Gets Physical

Sylvan Esso, Grace Mitchell, Gus alt-J, and Flint Eastwood helped a massive crowd ball to the break of dawn.

The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is an old, stately building that for many years was precisely what its name suggests—an athletic club—so it’s safe to assume that the ornate scrollwork, parquet floors, and classic architectural lines have seen their fair share of sweat over the decades. But on Saturday night, while the city of Chicago basked in the afterglow of Chance the Rapper’s headlining set (and did its best to avoid yet another downpour), the packed crowd at FLOODfest brought a new level of hype to the CAA’s old gym.

The night kicked off with a barreling performance from Grace Mitchell, who celebrated her twentieth birthday in style on stage in front of a roaring, “Happy Birthday”–singing crowd after having driven fourteen straight hours from Montreal. Gus alt-J kept the party moving with a DJ set, and Sylvan Esso rained down electro thunder with a bright and brash clutch of songs from What Now. And Flint Eastwood closed out the night with a banging DJ set of their own.

Major MVP thanks are in order to our pals at Original Penguin for helping making FLOODfest Lolla happen once again, as well as Deep Eddy, Old Style, Larceny Bourbon, and Topo Chico, all of whom kept the party nice and lubricated, as well as Red Bull and Stumptown Coffee Roasters, who made sure everyone stayed hype for those AFTER AFTER parties that followed into the wee hours. Big ups to our pals at the A.V. Club and Do312 for helping us get the word out, too.



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