Lil Durk Wounded on Stage Over Pyrotechnic Explosion at Lollapalooza 2022

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Lil Durk was wounded during his performance at the stage of Lollapalooza 2022 at Grant Park in Chicago on July 30. It seemed that stage pyrotechnics exploded in front of him. 

On Instagram, Lil Durk posted a photo of himself where his eye is bandaged. 

Following Durk’s walk into the explosion, he suddenly halts rapping and uses his shirt to attempt to wipe his eyes. 

“Woah, Woah, you alright, bro? It shot straight up,” his DJ is heard saying, referring to the smoke. 

“Due to the incident that happened at Lollapalooza in Chicago on stage, I’ma take a break & focus on my health,” he said in the post. “I finished my performance yesterday for my fans. Appreciate y’all.” 

Lollapalooza has not yet published a statement regarding the issue. 

Durk is now set to play later this month, having more dates set for September and October. Lollapalooza continued its Chicago show for its last day, featuring Green Day and J-Hope as headliners. 

A clip of the accident that went viral on different social media platforms shows Lil Durk walking on the stage ahead of getting hit in the face with two smoke pillars. He then protects his face with his T-shirt, and the music goes off. 

Following a short moment of silence, Durk replied, “F—k it, no more smoke, let’s do it,” ahead of continuing his performance. 

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Meanwhile, in a different setting in the festival, a show was headlined by Machine Gun Kelly and Dua Lipa. 

The “Bloody Valentine” singer went on stage sporting a pink leather biker jacket and sang hits from his studio album in 2020, Tickets to My Downfall, and his most recent release, Mainstream Sellout.

Colson Baker by birth, the rocker contemplated performing the 1:30 pm slot at the festival last year, saying, “I’ve been waiting for this moment a long f—ing time.” 

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MGK then previews he would be “bringing friends out,” including Iann Dior and Avril Lavigne. 

Lil Baby, Big Sean, Green Day, The Kid Laroi, and Mettalica are some of the singers in the Lollapalooza fest. 

Lollapalooza Lineup


Metallica, Lil Baby, Jazmine Sullivan, Billy Strings, Zhu, 100 Gecs, Still Woozy, Ashnikko, Black Coffee, Manchester Orchestra, Tove Lo, Caroline Polacheck, MK, Remi Wolf, Zach Bryan, Chris Lorenzo, Role Model, Inhaler, Sam Fender, Pi’erre Bourne, The Wombats, Maxo Kream, Maude Latour, Tsha, Petey, Sampa the Great, Midwxst, Unserscores, Redveil, Bijou, Jubilee, Niko Rubio, Emmy Meli, Last Dinosaurs, Tony Velour, Com3t, Biicla, Rosie, Jesse Jo Stark, Giovannie and the Hired Guns, Lorna Shore, Mills, and Willie Jones.


Dua Lipa, Machine Gun Kelly, Glass Animals, Don Toliver, Rezz, King Princess, Girl in Red, Liquid Stranger, Royal Blood, Cordae, Bob Moses, Coi Leray, Tinashe, Muna, Wet Leg, Glaive, Sofaygo, The Regrettes, LP Giobbi, Whipped Cream, Mahalia, Del Water Gap, Genesis Owusu, Baby Tate, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Wreckno, Jasiah, Kaycyy, Maddy O’Neal, Fiin, Young Franco, Flipturn, La Dona, Jackie Hayes, Aiida, David Solomon, Taipei Houston, Binki, Jordy, Daisy the Great, Rawayana, Gata, Joey Valence & Brae.


J.Cole, Kygo, Big Sean, Kaskade, Idles, Turnstile, Wallows, Tomorrow X Together, Lil Durk, YG, Blxst, Duke Dumont, Willow, Chelsea Cutler, Coin, Fletcher, Sidepiece, Dashboard Confessional, Larry June, Gracie Abrams, Griff, Gayle, Mariah the Scientist, Alexander 23, Cochise, Duckwrth, Evan Giia, Hinds, Surg Mesa, Grabbitz, Coco & Clair Clair, Crawlers, Pom Pom Squad, Ericdoa, Calder Allen, Charm La’Donna, Charly Jordan, Steller, Prentiss, Babyjake, Meet Me @ the Altar, Sam Austins, Dannylux, Bucky Cheds, and D. Carr.


Green Day, J-Hope, Porno for Pyros, The Kid Laroi, Charli XCX, Dominic Fike, Denzel Curry, Polo & Pan, Maneskin, Local Natives, The Marias, John Summit, Banks, Gordo, Beach Bunny, Pinkpantheress, Goth Babe, Atliens, Young  Nudy, James Hype, Habstrakt, Kennyhoopla, Audrey Nuna, Djo, Claire Rosinkranz, Teezo Touchdown, Zoe Wees, Horsegirl, Erica Banks, Low Cut Connie, De’Wayne, Hot Milk, Hannah Wants, Blackstarkids, Lucille Zookeper, Buffalo Nichols, Dylan, India Shawn, Peter Cottontale, Lølø, and Trella.

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