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The Big Takeover Issue #93

Connor Burgess

Connor Burgess is a a professional freelance concert photographer and music critic/columnist based out of Chicago, Illinois. Outside of his career in music management, his freelance experience began by reviewing punk and independent bands from the pacific northwest for labels like SubPop Records, and has done extensive reviews and interviews to promote both larger acts as well as small-name groups. Burgess’s portfolio features artists such as Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Chance the Rapper, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Sufjan Stevens and more, and interviews with groups such as Cold War Kids, Steve Gunn, Twin Peaks, The Orwells, and Syd Arthur. His coverage routinely includes Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Mamby on the Beach and Summerfest as well as shows in and outside of the midwestern United States. Burgess is a graduate of DePauw University and still resides in Chicago.

Lollapalooza 2023 (Pre-Coverage)

2 August 2023

The Big Takeover’s Pre-Coverage of Lollapalooza 2023 in Chicago, IL.

Lollapalooza 2022 - Day 4 (Chicago, IL) - July 31st, 2022

1 August 2022

Day 4 of Lollapalooza 2022.

Lollapalooza 2022 (Pre-Coverage)

27 July 2022

The Big Takeover’s Pre-Coverage of Lollapalooza 2022 in Chicago, IL.

Lollapalooza 2018 - Day 3: (Chicago, IL) - August 4th, 2018

5 August 2018

Photos and a quick excerpt from Day 3 of Lollapalooza.

Lollapalooza 2018 (Pre-Coverage)

31 July 2018

Pre-coverage for the 2018 installment of Lollapalooza.

Pitchfork 2018 (Pre-Coverage)

17 July 2018

Pre-coverage for Pitchfork 2018.

Spring Awakening 2018

11 June 2018

A rundown of Chicago’s beginning to festival season – Spring Awakening 2018.

A New Audience - A Conversation with Cold War Kids

22 April 2018

A conversation with frontman Nathan Willett on live shows, super fans, and a new generation of Cold War Kids.

EDEN (Jonathan Ng)

6 March 2018

A discussion with EDEN’s Jonathan Ng on touring, creating, and the ‘substance of music itself’.

Snow Globe (South Lake Tahoe, CA) - December 29th, 2017

29 December 2017

Images from Day 1 of Snow Globe Music Festival.

A Day with The Kickback

2 November 2017

Wanderings, public transit and ice cream with The Kickback

Lollapalooza 2017 - Day 1: (Chicago, IL), August 3rd, 2017

3 August 2017

Photos and words of Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2017.

Pitchfork 2017 (Chicago, IL), July 16th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

17 July 2017

Photos and a few words from the final day of Pitchfork 2017.

Pitchfork 2017 (Chicago, IL), July 15th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

16 July 2017

Photos from Saturday of Pitchfork 2017.

Pitchfork 2017 (Chicago, IL), July 14th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

15 July 2017

Photos from Friday of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017.

Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) July 4, 2017 (PHOTOS)

6 July 2017

Photos from July 4th at Summerfest, in Milwaukee.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 11th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

13 June 2017

Photos and a quick recap of Sunday of Bonnaroo 2017.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 10th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

11 June 2017

Photos and a recap of Saturday of Bonnaroo 2017.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 9th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

10 June 2017

Photos and coverage from Friday of Bonnaroo 2017.

Snake Pit 2017 (Indianapolis, IN) - May 28th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

29 May 2017

Recap and photos from the 2017 Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit.

Snake Pit 2017 (Indianapolis, IN) - May 28th, 2017 (PRE-COVERAGE)

10 May 2017

Pre-Coverage for Indianapolis’s “Gateway to Summer” – Snake Pit.

Cold War Kids - L.A. Divine (Capitol Records)

6 April 2017

A review of Cold War Kids sixth studio album, L.A. Divine.

Natalie Cressman - The Traces EP (Self-Released)

10 March 2017

A review of Natalie Cressman’s self released EP, “The Traces EP”.

Syd Arthur (Liam Magill)

20 December 2016

I had the opportunity to chat with Syd Arthur’s Liam Magill a while back. Check out some Q&A!

Andrew Bird with Daniel Knox - Fourth Presbyterian Church - (Chicago, IL), December 16th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

17 December 2016

Photos from Andrew Bird’s final Gezelligheid show at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL.

To Whitney- A Thank You

29 October 2016

A review and some thoughts on Chicago outfit, Whitney.

M83 - The Riviera - (Chicago, IL) - October 20th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

25 October 2016

Photos of M83’s show at The Riviera on the 20th, check it out!

Riot Festival and Carnival - Douglas Park - (Chicago, IL) - September 17th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

18 September 2016

Photos from Saturday’s Riot Festival and Carnival in Douglas Park.