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