We all know that Lollapalooza passes are a hot commodity. For Lollapalooza 2017 the four-day general admission passes sold out in a matter of hours. Single day passes go quickly too, with some days going in a few hours and all being sold out within one day. Many people who try to get four day passes end up missing out. If this happens to you all hope is not lost, but you will need to turn to third party ticket sellers to get Lollapalooza passes. This article goes over all your options for securing Lollapalooza passes from somewhere other than the festival itself, and gives some advice for each platform. Obviously going through a third party is not ideal, but it sometimes is required. Let’s first go over the main options people turn to for Lollapalooza passes.
There are three main options if you missed out on Lollapalooza passes: StubHub, SeatGeek, and Craigslist. Stubhub and SeatGeek are legitimate companies, so if you use either of them you don't have much to worry about. Craigslist is more of a gamble, but it is a very popular route to get Lollapalooza passes. Full disclosure: I prefer SeatGeek to StubHub. SeatGeek has a more modern platform and mobile app in my opinion, but honestly either of them is perfectly adequate.
Admittedly this is my recommendation for securing Lollapalooza passes if you missed out on the official sale in March. Both of these are reputable companies that will guarantee your purchase, it really comes down to wherever you find a better deal. If you prefer peace of mind then you want to go this route as opposed to Craigslist. Your worst case scenario using SeatGeek or Stubhub is that you purchase a fake Lollapalooza wristband, in which case they will either replace your wristband with a legitimate one (most likely) or at worst refund you. That said, the odds of you getting a fake Lollapalooza wristband through SeatGeek or StubHub are near 0, and thousands of people use these services annually for music festival passes. I personally prefer going this route as it just provides peace of mind over Craigslist - you don't need to worry about authenticating the wristband, you don't need to go meet someone, etc.
The downside of these companies is they are likely more expensive than a deal you are going to find on Craigslist. I discuss strategies for getting good deals on Lollapalooza passes below, but in general prices for passes on SeatGeek or Stubhub will be higher than on Craigslist. For example, looking now (it’s May) the cheapest GA passes to Lollapalooza are $360 before fees. Lollapalooza retailed for $335 so this is already increased from face value before adding in the notorious fees. If you miss out on the mass sale through Lollapalooza be prepared to pay more than face value. If you can wait until closer to Lollapalooza the prices usually come down and you can even get them on a discount usually, so if that works for you it's something to consider. We track the prices of Lollapalooza passes on SeatGeek so you can see how the prices have changed over time; check it out here.
So you are a gambling man – I like it! Purchasing Lollapalooza passes off of Craigslist is like purchasing anything else off Craigslist – there is some risk involved, but you could snag a great deal. Ultimately you are going to have to use your best judgement to determine if the Lolla passes you are buying are legitimate. Here is some advice when purchasing Lollapalooza passes through Craigslist:
Lollapalooza passes through Craigslist are definitely more risky, but if you follow the advice above and use your head, plenty of people purchase passes this way every year. I have found you can usually find better deals for Lollapalooza passes on Craigslist, just be smart my friends.
This is perhaps the trickiest question when it comes to getting Lollapalooza passes on the third market. As I have mentioned in the Craigslist section, there are advantages to waiting until wristbands ship (July) to purchase your pass as you can use pictures to confirm authenticity. However, this is pretty late in the game if you are someone who needs to book accommodations and potentially a flight for Chicago. Here are some tips about when to buy Lollapalooza passes, for both StubHub/SeatGeek and Craigslist:
My biggest advice is to just purchase Lollapalooza passes through the festival itself: there will be no question of authenticity and you can take advantage of the payment plan. That said, if you cannot secure tickets through Lollapalooza you are not 100% screwed. Plenty of people purchase them through StubHub, SeatGeek and Craigslist every year. Follow the practical advice given here and I will see you at Lollapalooza next year!