Think music festivals are priced way too high? Think again, because we crunched the numbers and found that if you buy tickets for an annual celebration like Lollapalooza, you’ll come out this summer with a heavier wallet than if you purchased tickets to see your favorite artists individually.
Music festivals are expanding. The big ones showcase acts from the pop, hip-hop, EDM, alt rock, jazz, blues camps and more, which means music lovers of all ages and walks of life itch to get their hands on passes. Gone are the days when Lollapalooza unreservedly featured vanguard grunge and hard rock bands swanking minimal popularity—now there is something for everyone. With artists like Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Lorde and Skrillex headlining the three-day music festival in Chicago, it’s easy to see why Lollapalooza 2014 sold out even faster than last year. The demographic changes as genres swell to appeal to a wider audience, and ticket prices follow suit.
Unless you got Lollapalooza tickets before they sold out via the official website, you’ll have to scour the secondary ticket market for the in-demand wristbands, and we’ve got you covered. You’ll pay $540 for a Lollapalooza All Weekend Pass, which is $180 a day to see over 75 acts. Aside from Outkast, all other headliners have previously played Perry Farrell’s colossal affair, so, though this year’s lineup isn’t exactly anything new, the breadth of diversity accounts for Lollapalooza’s yearly must-attend tag.
Friday’s Lollapalooza Lineup (Aug 1): Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Zedd, Above & Beyond, Broken Bells, Interpol, Lykke Li, Phantogram, Chvurches, Portugal the Man, AFI
Saturday’s Lollapalooza Lineup (Aug 2): Outkast, Calvin Harris, Foster the People, Krewella, Nas, Spoon, Fitz and the Tantrums, Grouplove
Sunday’s Lollapalooza Lineup (Aug 3): Kings of Leon, Skrillex, the Avett Brothers, Sebastian Ingrosso, Childish Gambino, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, Chance the Rapper
Friday Lollapalooza tickets will cost you $211, an awesome value considering average Eminem tickets (across the Monster Tour with Rihanna) are $230. Arctic Monkeys average $70, Broken Bells average $83, and Lorde boasts a $92 average to see the starlet live. If you were to purchase tickets for these artists separately, the total cost would amount to $475. While you may feel better because payments are spread out over time, at the end of the year, that’s more than double a doozy on your credit card bill.
|LOLLAPALOOZA – Friday||$211.34|
|Zedd||not on tour|
|Above & Beyond||not on tour|
Festivals aren’t just great because you witness a myriad of musicians in one fell swoop, but especially because they mark special occasions in which veteran returners, infrequent roadies, or (in this year’s case) a reunion gives fans the chance to hear rare live music. Saturday at Grant Park lists the highest average price over three days ($251), likely because many artists performing are not on tour, making Lollapalooza one of the few opportunities to catch them on stage. Outkast, Calvin Harris, Nas and Spoon are exclusive engagements, while Foster the People tickets average $138 and Krewella tickets average $75 on tour.
|LOLLAPALOOZA – Saturday||$250.71|
|Outkast||not on tour|
|Calvin Harris||not on tour|
|Foster the People||$138.25|
|NAS||not on tour|
|Spoon||not on tour|
Lollapalooza’s Sunday pass offers the cheapest individual day ticket, perhaps because the finale features the most artists who are simultaneously on tour. Kings of Leon averages $110, Skrillex averages $87, The Avett Brothers average $117, Childish Gambino averages $89 and Cage the Elephant averages $85 for their respective tours. Say you were an avid fan of each and bought tickets for their shows in your city: the total price would be $488. Why pay that when you can score a Sunday ticket for $195?
|LOLLAPALOOZA – Sunday||$195.20|
|Kings of Leon||$109.96|
|Sebastian Ingrosso||not on tour|
|Cage the Elephant||$84.56|
Look, if you’re making the trip out to Grant Park already, don’t skimp out and purchase single day tickets—you will not be met with a scant bill in the least. If you were to buy tickets separately it would cost $657, that’s over a $100 jump from the $540 All Weekend price currently offered. If you insist, the cheapest two-day combination (Friday and Sunday) will still set you back $406. Considering the data gathered above, you now know seeing all your favorite acts in bulk turns out to be a major bargain deal—think Costco, only with musicians instead of wholesale CLIF bar boxes.
Chicago Events: Week of July 27- Aug 3
There are only a few other cities that tender as prime a location as Chicago. Because Lollapalooza is located in between Downtown Chi-town and Lake Michigan, there are loads of things to do during your stay, unlike those traveling to the barren fields of Indio.
Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (7/29 – 7/30)
International Champions Cup: Olympiacos FC at Liverpool FC (7/27)
Vancouver Whitecaps at Chicago Fire (8/2)
Minnesota Twins as Chicago White Sox (8/1-8/3)
How Does Lollapalooza Compare to Other Music Festivals?
Lollapalooza is definitely a moderately priced event when stacked up against other popular happenings this summer. Check out the average prices for music festivals in 2014 below.
|Electric Daisy Carnival- Las Vegas||$802.00|
|Electric Daisy Carnival- New York||$314.00|
|Coachella- Weekend 2||$897.00|
Photo Credit: FestivalFanatic