Luxuriating in the Lollapalooza VIP lounge: Enjoy Lady Gaga and Green Day, then get a 'mini-spa treatment'
Will the kids call it Lollapagaga?
Perry Farrell's long-running alternative music festival Lollapalooza announced Wednesday morning which bands would rock Chicago's Grant Park Aug. 6-8. Headliners ranged from alt-pop rockers Green Day to top 40 dance phenom Lady Gaga.
Other acts include Soundgarden (who will reunite for the first time since 1997), Arcade Fire, Devo, Cypress Hill, The Strokes, Wolfmother, Gogol Bordello, Drive By Truckers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Jimmy Cliff, Spoon, The New Pornographers, The xx, AFI, Erykah Badu, Metric, Blitzen Trapper, Grizzly Bear, Minus the Bear,Yeasayer, and dozens more.
The three-day traveling festival originated in 1991 and had a strong run through '97. In 2003 Farrell resurrected the tour for an additional year. In 2004 there was no concert or tour, but in '05 Farrell and his partners settled in on hosting a two-day festival in Chicago's Grant Park. The popularity of the Chicago event turned Lollapalooza into a three-day affair in 2006, which it has maintained ever since.
Much like our local Coachella and Tennesse's Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza often draws the biggest names in alternative and pop music -- sometimes some of the same artists play all three festivals. Jay-Z, for example, will headline both Coachella and Bonnaroo.
Individual tickets for Lollapalooza have sold out, but three-day passes are still available for $215.
Much like Coachella, Lollapalooza has a VIP section (called the Lolla Lounge Pass) for several hundred dollars more. While Coachella's VIP option will set you back a little over $600 ($269 for the 3-day ticket, plus $339 for the VIP upgrade), if you want to rock the Lolla Lounge Pass, get ready to lay out $850.
On top of the air-conditioned restrooms, shaded seats with better sight-lines than Coachella offers its premium concert-goers, Lollapalooza seems to be offering three days of free beer, wine, catered food and even "mini-spa treatments" for all of those hundreds of dollars.
Things have sure come a long way since Jane's Addiction headlined Lollapalooza in 1991 at Irvine Meadows for $25.
-- Tony Pierce
Photo: Lady Gaga performs at the amfAR New York Gala, co-sponsored by M.A.C. Cosmetics, to kick off Fall 2010 Fashion Week at Cipriani 42nd Street on Feb. 10 in New York City. Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)