Student Flights does Lollapalooza 2014
You may have heard about a little music festival called Lollapalooza? Previously an annual music festival that toured North America from its inception in 1991 to 1997 before being revived in 2003, since 2005, Lollapalooza has made its home at Grant Park in Chicago. This year’s three-day event ran from July 31 to August 2 and some of the Student Flights team were lucky enough to check it all out as part of the Contiki Rock Around the World trip or on a Korean Air familiarisation. Student Flights Highpoint Store Manager Laura Yates, Student Flights Knox Assistant Store Manager Nathan Venn and Student Flights Manly Store Manager Caleb van Schmal tell us all about their epic trip.
What was the Contiki Rock Around the World all about?
Laura: The top 50 selling agents from around the world for Contiki get spoilt with an amazing 10-day trip finishing up with three days at Lollapalooza.
Nathan: We come together to experience some part of what our passengers get to experience when on a Contiki trip. The trip ran from July 26 to August 7.
Caleb, how did you get to Lollapalooza?
Caleb: I was actually on the Korean Air familiaristation to Lollapalooza, so a little different to the Rock crew. The Korean Air famil is known as the best in the business, taking their top sellers away each year for an amazing music experience. This was my third year in a row on this trip – last year was Coachella and the year before I saw Usher in Vancouver. Our trip was for eight days – a night in Seoul, four nights in Chicago for Lollapalooza, and then three nights in NYC to finish up. Business class flights, top-notch accommodation and VIP experiences all the way!
What cities did you go to in the US?
Nathan and Laura: New York, Boston and Chicago.
Caleb: Chicago and NYC.
What activities and sightseeing did you do?
Laura: In New York, I saw the Empire State Building at night, Rock of Ages on Broadway, did a food cart walking tour, a tour out to Liberty Island for the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park walking tour and a helicopter tour. In Chicago, we did an architecture river cruise and a bike riding tour of the city, and in Boston I saw the Red Sox play at Fenway Park and did a walking tour of Harvard University.
Nathan: We were wined and dined everywhere we went. Contiki went all out to make us feel important and celebrated.
Caleb: In Chicago we did an amazing cruise learning about the history of the city and the architecture of the buildings. In NYC we did an amazing sightseeing tour of the city as well as some spectacular dinners at STK and Buddakan, both in the Meatpacking District. Plus there was plenty of time for shopping and bar-hopping in both cities.
What was Lollapalooza like?
Caleb: Lolla was amazing. It was so much bigger than expected and the fact that it was right in the middle of the city and you could see the skyline from any stage was amazing. People were so happy and relaxed and it was so easy to meet new friends – everyone was up for a chat and everyone wanted to make fun with the wild Aussies.
What were the festival highlights?
Laura: Huge acts, market stalls, dancing in the rain and mud and not even caring!
Caleb: We had Platinum Passes for Lolla with our famil, which meant free food and alcohol for the entire three days (which we certainly took advantage of!), VIP bars and viewing stages to check out all the action, side platforms at some stages for even closer viewing of our favourite acts, plus golf buggies between stages to save walking as the distances were huge. These tickets were epic – we felt like rock stars the whole time with an amazing crew of Platinum staff looking after us and making sure we had the most perfect festival experience ever. Plus, I got interviewed by NBC at the festival and got 30 seconds of airtime on national TV the next morning, which was pretty cool. You don’t expect to wake up to your face on TV in the morning!
Who were the best musical acts?
Laura: Eminem (with special guest Rihanna), Calvin Harris, Rudimental, London Grammar, Flosstradamus...
Nathan: ... Outkast, Chvrches...
Caleb: ... John Butler Trio – it was great to see them up close and personal, Foster The People and Chromeo got the crowd pumping, Lorde, and Kings of Leon was a great way to wrap up the festival on the last night. So much dancing and so much smiling.
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