Even—or especially—after all the shoving and puking, the tank-topped (and tanked) bros and the cheek-exposing booty shorts, there’s something undeniably extraordinary about sharing a moment with 100,000 people.

We’ve been plenty critical of the unnerving Lollapalooza crowd, but that doesn’t mean we failed to feel the love.

New this year—aside from the worldwide video stream and the ability to pay for beer with your wristband—was the sheer number of emotional guitar solos: Parquet Courts, Kate Nash, the Temper Trap, and Fitz & the Tantrums all poured their rock ‘n’ roll hearts out Saturday afternoon.

So did the Last Internationale out of New York, a band with a classic rock sound and a political agenda. Between demonstrations of her impressive vocals and solid guitar work, leading lady Delila Paz tried to recruit the small crowd to her cause of freeing political prisoners but probably didn’t have the right audience.

Rich Homie Quan was about 20 minutes late to the stage for his set, leaving his DJ to entertain the sizeable crowd—which gave fans a chance to show off their moves (cue the twerking).

Remember when Chance the Rapper was at Lolla last year on a stage way too small for his fan base? Local hero Vic Mensa was the sequel to that movie. Mensa leapt around the mini BMI stage like a caged tiger, performing bangers such as “Feel That,” “Orange Soda,” and “Tweakin’,” which was graced by a cameo from shirtless bestie Chance the Rapper. Although the Kids These Days alum rapped part of the set with an inflatable sex doll around his neck, he still was able to deliver a heartfelt statement about finally making it as an artist, recalling an emergency room visit after jumping the fence to get into Lolla: “Two years ago I almost died on a bridge a few blocks that way. I’m so grateful to be here with y’all tonight.”

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  • Vic Mensa: “I’m so grateful to be here with y’all.”

Closing out the day, Outkast dipped from the duo’s two decades of booty bouncers, striking a balance between their Dirty South jams of the 90s and their more popular singles. The only thing that felt off was the fireworks display that blasted during the powerfully soulful “Ms. Jackson,” with a large portion of the crowd grabbing their phones (ostensibly to source the perfect Instagram filter). Sorry, Ms. Jackson.