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Cage the Elephant, Glen Hansard play through the rain at Lollapalooza 2014

Cage the Elephant at Lollapalooza 2014
Cage the Elephant at Lollapalooza 2014
Will Rice

The weather held up nice both Friday and Saturday of the 2014 Lollapalooza Music Festival, but on day 3 (Aug. 3) it rained for almost four hours straight. There was no rain delays, and no bands or artists had to stop performing but it did make for some light crowds during the early evening performances.

Cage the Elephant
Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images

One band that embraced the rain was Cage the Elephant, who performed on the Samsung Galaxy main stage at 4 p.m. During their hour long set lead vocalist Matthew Shultz literally got down and dirty by jumping down from the stage to sing in the mud during at least three songs.

The bass player made the first move by jumping down from the stage during "Spiderhead". Lead vocalist Shultz first jumped down from the stage during their second song "In One Ear". Other songs performed during Cage the Elephant's high energy performance at Lollapalooza 2014 included "Aberdeen," "Cigarette Daydreams," "Come a Little Closer" and "Halo".

During their performance of "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" Shultz once again jumped down from the mainstage to perform in front of the barricade, but this time it effected the end of the song. By the time he climbed back to the stage, the singer was out of breath and it vocally hindered the last part of the song.

Overall the rain did not hurt the performance. The lead vocalist commented that when they performed at Lollapalooza in 2011 it rained, so it was fitting that during their 2014 performance the tradition continued.

Another band that played through the rain was the Airborne Toxic Event. At the start of their performance it had actually stopped raining. One or two songs into the set lead vocalist Mikel Jollett made a comment about how if they played hard enough maybe the sun would come out. It suddenly began to downpour not even 60 seconds after he made that comment.

They to embraced the rain and powered through "Wishing Well," "Changing," "Sometime Around Midnight" and "Does This Mean You're Moving On?". The The Airborne Toxic Event debuted two new songs at Lollapalooza 2014. Those were "Dope Machine" and "California".

The Swell Season lead vocalist Glen Hansard performed the majority of his solo set in the rain at the Lake Shore stage. Despite the rain, he was in high spirits and put on one of the best day 3 performances. He seemed genuinely happy to be performing, he was engaging with the audience, and his set sounded fantastic.

Some songs Hansard performed during his Lollapalooza 2014 set included "Lowly Deserter," the Marvin Gaye song "Don't Do It," "Bird of Sorrow" and "When Your Mind's Made Up". During the middle of him performing "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" the Irish singer noticed a man dancing and said, "There is a very beautiful red headed man dancing over there, I put a hundred dollars on you being Irish." Him and his band then broke into a couple of verses of the Aretha Franklin song "Respect".

It was not only a fun performance to watch, but it was also a bit emotional. While performing "Bird of Sorrow" Hansard had the most intense look on his face while he was belting out the lyrics. Towards the end of that song he began to play the guitar with such force you would have thought it was the last song of the set.

He ended the set in a fun way with "The Auld Triangle". One by one he called different band members and behind the scene crew members to the front of the stage to sing a verse. Before the last verse Hansard told the crowd they needed to sing along to help drown out the s**t (electronic music) that could be heard over at his Lake Shore stage. Having a crowd sing-along was a great ending to one of the best sets of Lollapalooza 2014.

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