Chicago’s largest music festival returns to Grant Park this weekend with an estimated 300,000 music fans and 140-plus artists, including headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney and Florence + the Machine.
The festival runs Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Paul McCartney will take the stage this Friday night, while Saturday headliners include Sam Smith and Metallica. On Sunday, the festival will wrap up with performances from EDM act Bassnectar and Florence + the Machine. As a festival, Lollapalooza has grown exponentially since its start in 1991, featuring artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, and the Beastie Boys.
The festival had one of its highest demands ever this year, as it sold out its three-day general admission passes in just 45 minutes this year. Because of the overwhelming demand, the secondary market has been an essential asset for fans looking to snag tickets to the event. A three-day pass to the festival is currently $650 on the secondary market, which is over $300 more than the face-value pass, which went for $275 on the primary market. Three-day VIP passes are available for $1,850 on the primary market and a pass for just Friday night is $351. A Saturday pass is $278, and a Sunday pass is $258, according to Razorgator. Last year, Lollapalooza was much cheaper for the three-day pass, a testament to its growing popularity and demand. In 2014, a three-day pass was $394. In 2013, a three-day pass was $283, and in 2012, a three-day pass could be purchased for just $149, a $500 price difference from today’s secondary value.
Today the festival announced that it will be expanding further into Latin America by launching Lollapalooza in Colombia. Other Latin American dates include Chile, Brazil and Argentina, proving that Lollapalooza continues to be a driving cultural force for the music industry and festival world as a whole.