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Lollapalooza 2012

Lollapalooza 2012

There will be 130 bands performing at the Lollapalooza 2012 music festival. The biggest names include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Jack White, Avicii, Justice, Florence + The Machine, At The Drive-In, Bassnectar, The Shins, and Passion Pit. This is currently Black Sabbath’s only 2012 performance in North America.

Once again the event will be held in Chicago’s Grant Park. In the old days Lollapalooza traveled around the country and there was only one main stage provided for all of the featured bands. Now there is only one event and as of the 2011 festival there are now eight different stages with each stage having their own unique offering.

With all those choices if you don’t plan ahead of time you will probably spend most of your time walking aimlessly, hoping to stumble upon a band you like. Because of the eclectic nature of the festival, this can definitely be a waste of limited time for which you paid a good deal of money. Consider that in 2011 the bands Coldplay and Muse performed at the same time at opposites ends of the festival grounds.

Getting Your Lollapalooza 2012 Ticket

Early bird tickets for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival went on sale March 27th for $200 followed by regular three-day tickets for $230. Both sold out in a day. Single day passes are nearly sold out as well. As of late May, only the one day pass for Sunday is available for $95. However, tickets are available for resale at various sites like TicketNetwork.

Fans looking to go first class can purchase a VIP package for $1050 per person which includes VIP access to the Lollapalooza lounges, golf cart shuttle service between lounges, premium viewing platforms, beer and wine served all day, catered food, mini spa treatments and restrooms with flush toilets. This last one could be worth the money alone. If you’ve ever had to use a portable toilet on steamy Midwestern late afternoon you understand the value.

Even if you don’t plan on actually attending all 3 days you should strongly consider getting a 3 day pass. It’s worth the peace of mind knowing you can come and go as you please and have a choice of days to attend. Reselling your pass only takes minutes on Craigslist or by standing near a festival entrance. You should easily be able to make back the remaining day or two’s ticket value. In order to sell your pass be sure to keep your wristband on loose so it can be removed or just carry it in your pocket and show it to the security as you enter.

If you don’t see one of the bands performing at Lollapalooza you probably won’t see them for quite a while. Lollapalooza has a lock on the bands that play at the festival which prohibits artists from performing for six months before the festival and three months after it anywhere within 300 miles of Grant Park. That large area includes concert markets as far away as Milwaukee, Madison, Iowa City, Detroit and Indianapolis.

Don’t Let Chicago Weather Bum You Out

The weather in Chicago is unpredictable and if you are putting all your eggs into one day you could be disappointed. Also if you only have a single day pass you will be a captive to the festival and unable to leave the grounds and return again. There is very limited indoor space which will make for a miserable experience if the weather turns nasty. Having the option to leave the festival grounds and take a break at a nice quiet air-conditioned restaurant can go a long way toward re-charging you for the next round of bands.

It will probably be hot and humid so be sure to dress appropriately. You may want to carry an umbrella or poncho in your back pack in case of rain. In the event the skies are clear be sure to bring plenty of sun screen. There’s precious little shade at many of the stages.

Getting to Lollapalooza

Public transportation is the way to go. It’s one of the impressive benefits of having the event in downtown Chicago. Parking is extremely expensive and traffic will cause your blood pressure to rise. Even if you’re coming in from out- of-town for the day, consider parking somewhere outside of the downtown area and taking public transit into the loop.

Hotels, Bars and Restaurants

You’ll be in downtown Chicago so there will be a lot of options. Walk out of the festival grounds and you’ll easily find a bar or food in minutes. Yet another reason to consider the 3 day pass (see above). There are plenty of hotels in the area including a few reasonably priced locations but you should book your room weeks in advance or you’ll be out of luck.

Be Part of the Event Even If You Can’t Be There

Although it’s not the same as going to the festival you can catch the action online. Through a partnership with iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s industry-leading digital radio service and an official partner of the lineup launch, listeners will hear the announcement across 130 Clear Channel Rock and CHR radio stations and their websites nationwide.

If you plan ahead, you’ll be ready to kick it. Lollapalooza is an event like no other and Chicago is a world-class city. It’s hard not to have a good time no matter what happens.


Lollapalooza 2012 Official Site

Regional Transportation Authority