You could see the gears in music fans’ heads churning this morning, as they woke up to news of Lollapalooza‘s epic 2011 line-up. “How do I get to Chicago?” they thought. And furthermore, “How much is it going to cost me to see the Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle, Muse, and Eminem (in order of personal preference, and yes, I did just deliberately omit Coldplay—cheater, cheaters) lord over the so many, many other acts slated to play Grant Park?”
If they’re in any way like me, first click went to investigating said many, many other acts. Mental check-lists judged “yes” to Explosions in the Sky, Deadmau5, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Fitz and the Tantrums, Imelda May, and Mayer Hawthorne … amongst others, of course. Inner budgetary devises, however, sounded sirens at the $215 price tag for a three day pass. Quick math, friends: That’s over $70 a day. Divide by band and it’s a fantastic deal, but not compared to the previously available “Secret Sale” $60 passes, or even the $185 “Early Bird” special deal.
Of course that’s how it works—risk a smaller amount of money to secure your spot before you know who’s actually playing, reap the rewards. Wait until you want to be sure the festival is one you want to see and cry some tears as you fork over your entire wallet. It’s a completely devious system, but that’s the price you pay for only semi-devoted music fandom.