Dying to go to Lollapalooza but can’t get any of your friends to go with you? Friends with a bunch of broke asses who can’t afford Lollapalooza? Bought tickets with your girlfriend and now you broke up? Questions about going to Lollapalooza alone are actually among the most frequently asked questions. The point of this article is to go over why going to Lollapalooza is not only OK, but potentially even better. Trust me, it’s not all bad: let’s look at all the good things about attending Lollapalooza alone.
The most aggravating thing about Lollapalooza is the conflicts, which become exponentially more likely if you are with a group. Inevitably people in your group will want to see different artists than you. If you are at Lollapalooza alone you can march to the beat of your own drum: whoever you want to see is who you will see, and you don’t need to miss a show to placate someone else in your group. For me this is the most aspect about going to Lollapalooza alone. I have many memories of being at one stage for a show I didn’t want to attend and longingly looking off in the distance at the stage I did want to be at. Solo Lollapalooza allows you to see every artist on the lineup you want to see. I think you will find if you research going to Lollapalooza alone that this is the number one thing people love about going to Lollapalooza (or any music festival) alone.
Lollapalooza has so many good vibes and friendly people that you will not feel ostracized or not included at all. You will meet people from all over the world at Lollapalooza there to have a good time and enjoy good tunes. You can easily make a friend in the crowd while waiting for a show. My main point is just because you are going to Lollapalooza alone doesn’t mean you are going to be isolated the whole weekend and not speak for 96 hours. You will likely meet cool people, chat it up with them, and make some new friends at Lollapalooza.
If you really don’t want to be alone I would suggest you go to the Lollapalooza Reddit page. They always have people planning meetups, which you could attend and make some friends. There’s also many people there going with groups that offer to take in people going to Lollapalooza alone. Lots of people go to Lollapalooza looking to interact with people they didn’t know before, you will be OK and meet some people, I assure you.
I assure you if you go onto the Lollapalooza Reddit page you are going to see a ton of people talking about going alone. I am writing this article because it is such a common question. Tons of people go to Lollapalooza alone, you will not be abnormal at all if you meet people and tell them you are there solo. Personally I have a lot of respect for people who go alone: it shows you aren’t deterred from doing something you want to do because of something as insignificant as having to do it alone. Anyways, there will be tons of people there alone and you can likely make a friend of some of these people.
In general, 70%+ of your time at Lollapalooza is going to be spent watching live music. There is limited interaction with your friends or group during the shows anyways. Being at Lollapalooza alone isn’t a big deal since most of the time you will be enjoying the shows and not talking to anyone.
Anytime you go to Lollapalooza with a group there is a lot of wasted time. Someone will get separated from the group, people will want to meet up for beers, or the girls will want to get a group photo. This is all fine and dandy, but while this is going on you are missing action at one of the Lollapalooza stages. I would also say don’t underestimate how much time it can take just to get your whole group together at Lollapalooza – limited phone service, huge crowds, etc. – it can be quite the ordeal. When you roll to Lollapalooza solo you don’t need to waste your time on this nonsense and can spend more time wandering the festival grounds, munching tasty treats at Chow Town, or seeing a show at one of the Lollapalooza stages.
This one is sort of related to the last one: if you go to Lollapalooza alone, when you are ready to leave you can just leave. You don’t need to gather your group together so you can all leave together, or wait for someone to run to the locker. You, and you alone, decide when you head home from Lollapalooza.
This one is huge for me. If you want to spend all the time you can at Lollapalooza and go early, you can choose to do so. If you want to get to Lollapalooza late to ensure you make it to the end of the night, you can do that as well. I always want to go earlier than everyone else, so when going alone I can go when I want to. If you go to Lollapalooza with a group you often need to do what the group wants, or go alone. If you do the former, then you aren’t having the experience you want, if you do the latter you are alone anyways!
Whether it is for Lollapalooza or not, planning a trip with a group can be stressful. Just finding a house or other accommodations is a pain as you need to take into account everyone’s budgets and preferences. When you go to Lollapalooza alone you can pick where you want to stay and spend however much you are comfortable with spending, without needing to worry about what anyone else wants. Of course, the negative side is you don’t have a group to split the costs with so there is definitely a tradeoff here. I discuss this more below.
Now I don’t want to make it sound like it’s all rosy, or everyone would go to Lollapalooza alone. The biggest drawback to going to Lollapalooza alone is likely the costs. Chicago hotels can get really expensive for Lollapalooza, especially if you wait until last minute to book. Here are a few options.
First, you can eat the costs and just book a hotel or house on your own. This will be expensive, but it may or may not be an option for Lollapalooza based on your financial situation. Second, you could book a house on Airbnb where you don’t have the entire house to yourself. Plenty of people who live in Chicago have apartments with an extra bedroom that they rent out for Lolla. This can actually be a reasonably priced option, especially if you book early. Third, Chicago has a lot of hostels, which can actually be really nice for the price. One of the great things about Lollapalooza is the location gives you access to a variety accommodations at all different price levels. We have a full, detailed guide on Chicago hotels for Lollapalooza if you are interested; it goes over where to stay depending on your budget and how to get to Lollapalooza from that area. It can be read here.
Going to Lollapalooza alone is perfectly fine, and really not that abnormal to be honest. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how many people attend Lollapalooza each year by themselves – you will not be an oddball by any means. I certainly wouldn’t let it be the reason you don’t attend Lollapalooza – go and you will have a blast!