Just a day after the Warped Tour announced its official lineup, the 2016 Lollapalooza lineup was announced on Wednesday, March 23. For the music festival’s big 25th anniversary, 170 bands and artists will perform on eight stages for four days only in Grant Park from July 28 to 31.
Lollapalooza, or Lolla, as it’s often referred to, is usually a three-day music festival set in Chicago. The festival first started in 1991 when Perry Farrell, the lead singer for Jane’s Addiction, wanted to do a farewell tour, which led to a festival featuring various artists. The music festival was first canceled in 1997 and then in 2004 due to low ticket sales, but now it’s back due to the demand and popularity of music festivals. Now Lollapalooza has become one of the most popular festivals in North America.
Four-day passes for Lollapalooza sold out within 45 minutes on Tuesday, even though the lineup was not yet announced. Headliners include Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, and J.Cole. There are also rumors that Jane’s Addiction will also perform at this year’s Lollapalooza, according to Rolling Stone.
“J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Future, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Jane’s Addiction, Haim, Flume, the 1975, M83, Halsey, Chris Stapleton, Bloc Party, Vince Staples and A$AP Ferg have also been added to the lineup.”
There seems to be something for everyone at the 2016 Lollapalooza festival. Fans often mistake the music festival for a punk-rock festival, but it has a strong combination of indie-rock and hip-hop artists. Plus, it has Chicago’s skyline, which Coachella and Bonnaroo sure don’t have.
Check out the full lineup for the 2016 Chicago edition of the Lollapalooza in the tweet below.
— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) March 23, 2016
News of Radiohead performing at this year’s Lollapalooza comes after the band announced their first four U.S. concerts in four years. The band will also perform at the Madison Square Garden on July 26 and 27 as well as Montreal’s Osheaga’s Music and Arts Festival during the same weekend as Lollapalooza.
This is also big news for the band LCD Soundsystem who are reuniting on stage for the first time since their 2011 farewell concert at Coachella. Prior to Lollapalooza, the band will play at Bonnaroo in June and then at Panorama in July.
Lollapalooza tickets officially went on sale the morning of Tuesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. CST on the festival’s official website. As stated before, four-day passes have sold out, as well as one-day passes. General one-day tickets sold out within 90 minutes yesterday after organizers revealed the full four-day lineup.
— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) March 23, 2016
Saturday’s July 30 passes sold out first, since most fans want to see Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform. Passes for Sunday’s July 31 featuring Ellie Goulding and LCD Soundsystem were also hot commodities and the last to sell out. However, hotel packages, platinum packages, and VIP passes are still available. Tickets can be ordered directly from the Lollapalooza website by clicking here.
One-day passes cost $120, which went up $10 from the 2015 Lollapalooza ticket prices. Four-day general admission passes cost $335, but that didn’t stop the people who wanted them. One-day VIP passes cost $650, while four-day VIP passes will set you back $2,200. All-inclusive platinum packages for four days are valued at $4,200. If you still want to go to Lolla, you want to make sure that you buy your tickets as soon as possible since resale tickets are often sold for twice the amount, sometimes more than that.
You want to make sure you prepare your trek to Chicago since it tends to get hot in July. The most important items you should bring to Lollapalooza include water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunscreen. The rules at Lollapalooza allow for you to bring empty plastic water bottles that you can refill at available water stations, or two sealed plastic water bottles that you can later refill.
Some may wonder if going to Lolla is worth the high ticket prices. It’s definitely worth it if you love music and you want to have a great time with your friends this summer. While Lolla usually has some strong headliners, it’s always the indie and alternative rock bands that’s what makes the festival truly is these days.
Music isn’t the only thing that goes on. There’s also an art market, a food court, farmer’s market, beer garden, shops, and charity booths. Learn more about the Lollapalooza experience here.
What are your thoughts on this year’s Lollapalooza lineup? Do you already have your tickets? Sound off below in the comments section.
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