And on that note… if you’re not already following along, we highly suggest giving that a go before the weekend kicks off! From buzz-worthy bits in the Twitter to behind-the-scenes backstage shots, you’ll want to make sure you’re watching our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all weekend for your chance to score special experiences and free merch all weekend long!
Don’t forget that if you can’t join us in Chicago this weekend, you can still take a peek at the live music action as it unfolds via our Official Lolla 2012 Webcast — LIVE on Youtube all three days! Whether tuning in to watch select shows or just to scope out the scene, we’ll have two channels all weekend long. Don’t miss sets from Jack White, AVICII, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Ocean, The Shins, Florence + The Machine and many more! Check the Full Schedule here.
GET THE APP
Kick your Lolla 2012 experience into high gear and download the Hard Rock Hotel-powered OFFICIAL APP today. Brush up on the musicians playing throughout the weekend, create your custom schedule and follow along as we bring you the scoop from around the park. We’ve also added in some key ways to help you keep it social. Whether wrangling your crew with the GroupMe-powered group text function or checking the 2012 Experience buzz, this is one digital tool you’ll definitely want loaded in your phone before the weekend!
2012 MERCH & THE LOLLASHOP
This year, located just steps away from Grant Park, we’re bringing you our first-ever pop-up LollaShop! Open to both ticket and non-ticket holders until August 6, the Shop will give you the chance to skip the lines and get your hands on official Lolla merch well before the gates even open! The Shop will also be a special Festival satellite hub, featuring exciting artist signings, after-parties and other music-powered events. In addition, ALL 2012 Official Lolla Merch is available NOW at store.lollapalooza.com!
BOX OFFICE 411
You should have received your Lolla 2012 tickets in the mail, but just in case you want to talk with someone in person, you can find all you need to know on our Ticket FAQs. In short – don’t worry! The Box Office will be open this Wednesday (8/1) and Thursday (8/2) from 3PM to 8PM CST and from 10AM to 10PM CST during the Festival (Friday, 8/3 thru Sunday, 8/5). The Festival Box Office is located on the Southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street. If you’re searching for it, type in “East Van Buren and South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL” and you’re all set.
Just in case you’re planning to pitch a tent — ice chest and all — in front of the main stage, you might want to check out our quick list of Festival Do’s and Don’ts before hitting the Park this weekend. Aside from some basic info on re-entry/ins & outs and other need-to-know details, the FAQs might also help you plan that Festival costume just a little bit better.
Now that you’ve loaded your smartphone with the ultimate Lolla must-have (see above), be sure to get a head start on the weekend by peeping the Official Festival Map. Get to know the Grant Park set-up and prepare yourself for three days of awesome — aka scope the key locales (Chow Town, Green Street, Kidza and more) to make the most of your time!
NEW ADDITIONS IN 2012
Our awesome sponsors enable the fans to have an inexpensive weekend while at Lolla! And not only that, they provide our thousands of fans with many activities to take part in between all the sets happening at the multitude of stages throughout Grant Park! Your old favorites and some awesome newcomers are here in 2012! Make sure to view our full list of 2012 Activities before you make your way down to the park!
FUN IN THE SUN
The Chicago sun can be blazing and traversing the Lolla grounds can take its toll on your hydration levels. Make sure you take advantage of our many water CamelBack Filling Stations (see map for exact locations) and pack the sunscreen — just not the aerosol kind!
While most of the shows already sold out (we warned you!), there is still some time to nab a spot at a handful of the awesome aftershows while they last! You’ll want to check this list to keep your Lolla party going long after the gates close.
Have little one(z) at home? No need to have them miss the fun of Lollapalooza — we’ve set up the perfect festival-within-a-festival environment for you to soak in the sounds and the experience with your kids in tow. From workshops, activities and all-day music, Kidzapalooza will be open daily from 11AM to 5PM. And don’t forget — children 10 and under get into Lolla FREE!