History of Lollapalooza ticket prices

In the 90’s, Lollapalooza used to be a killer alternative rock tour with multiple dates across the country.. Alt Rockers and Grunge-heads could catch bands like Primus, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, and Beastie Boys at a venue near them for roughly $30

Tickets were only $31.50 back in the day…

But since then, Lollapalooza has become a massive commercial event. Based in Chicago, the lineups designed to draw a big crowd, and even bigger money. Each year, Lolla books bigger and bigger acts and hikes the prices up accordingly, leaving fans to decide every year… is it worth it? This year’s prices are at $215 for a 3-day pass, and that’s before Ticketmaster rapes you with their long, hard list of fees. I’ll leave it up to you to decide, but check out the previous years’ prices below…

Heres a history of ticket prices since Lollapalooza hit Chicago’s Grant Park as a non-travelling, 3-day festival in 2005 (presale prices-final price):

2005: $85-$100 (2 day fest).
Headliners: Pixies, Widespread Panic, Weezer, The Killers, Dinosaur Jr., Cake, Dashboard Confessional, The Arcade Fire, Billy Idol

2006: $130-$150
Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Manu Chao, Wilco, Queens of the Stone Age, Ween, Umphrey’s McGee, Sonic Youth, Coheed and Cambria

2007: $195
Headliners: Pearl Jam, Muse, Daft Punk, Interpol, Modest Mouse, Iggy and the Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys

2008: $190-$205
Headliners: Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Wilco, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, Lupe Fiasco, Gnarls Barkley

2009: $205
Headliners: Depeche Mode, Tool, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Rise Against, Coheed and Cambria, Jane’s Addiction, of Montreal, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Deadmou5

2010: $190-$215
Headliners: Lady Gaga, Green Day, Soundgarden, Social Distortion, The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Phoenix, Wolfmother, MGMT, Blues Traveler, Cypress Hill

2011: $215 ($165 limited earlybird)
Headliners: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, My Morning Jacket, Deadmou5, A Perfect Circle, Damian Marley & NAS, The Cars

In 2008, a deal was signed to keep Lollapalooza in Chicago until 2018… so who knows what the prices will be like in 7 years. I’m going to guess around $400, with $80 more in Ticketmaster fees. 


  1. Such a great lineup but no concert is worth $215. Still, I REALLY wanna be there. I might try and sneak in, even though I got caught back in ’09 trying to get into Tool.

  2. There are no service fees associated with Lollapalooza tickets. Ticketmaster is not involved. But rant away.

    • chicagoranter says:

      yes, thanks for pointing that out! looks like this year’s prices are posted, still $215 regular, but the earlybird was $185 (last year was $165) so looks like I’ll be updating that as well :) thanks for the note


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