Photo: Courtesy Craigslist
One of the most astounding moments in Lollapalooza history occurred not during the actual festival, but earlier this year, when three-day passes sold out before the lineup was even announced. Day passes, which were released in the spring around the same time as the bill, were gone in a flash, too.
It’s quite a feat—less than a decade ago, poor ticket sales caused the cancellation of the entire festival.
If you missed the five-minute window, don’t worry: You can still buy tickets. Just be prepared to reach deep into the extra-long pockets of your high-waisted shorts. Singing along to The Cure for two hours is worth it, right?
Here’s what the reseller market looks like online right now:
Sunday day passes start at $94, which is actually one dollar less than the sticker price. But, wowza, Saturday day passes are going for $219 while Friday day passes start at $150. Dying for a triple feature? Three day passes start at $299—approximately the equivalent of 20 shows at the Lincoln Hall, for perspective.
This pricier reseller lists day passes around $170 and three-day passes in the high $300 range. Oh, and if you fancy yourself Donald Trump, there’s a VIP lounge package for two grand.
Tickets here are on par with Stub Hub’s prices. Also, there are disclaimers all over this site about how the tickets are “valid and authentic,” which doesn’t sound sketchy at all.
Like any other area of Craigslist, listings for Lolla tickets run the gamut from reasonable ($100 for a day pass) to “that person is clearly insane” ($425 for a three-day pass).
Lolla has strict policies about sharing wristbands (they’ll boot you if yours looks oddly stretched or tattered). You can also be ejected, obviously, for attempting to enter the park with a counterfeit wristband that you purchased from a reseller. So be smart. Before you buy, take a complete look at the rules and regs of the show.