If you mention Lollapalooza to people of a certain age, they will have no idea what you are talking about. But if you mention Lollapalooza to the right people, they’ll want to know where you got your tickets. Spread across Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and eight rocking stages, Lollapalooza is the Holy Grail of three-day weekends for people who love, live and breathe music. This August more than 160,000 diehards and hearty partiers will take over 115 acres of Chicago’s front lawn for a bonanza of non-stop musical delights.
Lollapalooza isn’t just popular. It’s guaranteed to sell out, take over the planet popular. Really, single-day passes were gone within an hour, and now the entire event is sold out, unless you know the secret way in. We weren’t joking about Lollapalooza’s world domination either. The legendary music festival has planted roots in Chile and is spreading like kudzu all the way to Brazil and Israel, which proves just how invasive the festival’s contagious blend of rock, pop and alternative music is everywhere.
Getting back to sold-out events, only a small percentage of the 160,000 fans will go as VIPs, even though those are the passes that everyone wants. Fortunately, our ticket-hunting elves have been hanging onto a super-duper extra-limited number of all-access Lollapalooza wristbands that will get you into performances on all seven stages. You’ll go backstage, inside ultra-prestigious artist lounges and places where fans have never gone and where regular people are strictly verboten. That’s a lot of excitement before considering Lollapalooza’s incredible performance lineup.
Performances at this mega Lollapalooza music festival range from 40 minutes to two hours. Fans have a chance to catch dozens of their favorite bands while discovering new flavors, which is part of Lollapalooza’s allure. Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Icona Pop, Thievery Corporation, Father John Misty and The Killers are all performing on Friday. On Saturday, you’ll be hopping to shows by Ellie Goulding, The Postal Service, Mumford & Sons, The National and plenty of other big acts. The festival’s final day will be filled with music by Tegan and Sara, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Knife Party, Cat Power and The Cure, who is closing the event with a highly anticipated two-hour performance.
Lollapalooza has a lot of other stuff going on too. Over Lolla weekend, fans can tour Chicago’s famous Art Institute museum, stroll around Grant Park or go on an epic shopping spree around The Loop. Lollapalooza is about having an epic good time, and Chicago is the perfect music festival destination. Local food vendors will line Lolla’s Chow Town, and eco-friendly shopping tents will be crammed onto Green Street. The festival even has a special Kidzapalooza stage with its own performance lineup and plenty of kid-friendly activities. Kids under 10 get into Lollapalooza free, so there’s no need to share your three-day wristband. As one of Lollapalooza’s lucky one percenters, you’ll know that it was the VIP passes that got you inside. It doesn’t matter what you tell your friends.