It’s Lolla’s 25th birthday – are you in? To celebrate, the super duper Chicago festival has added another day of music for 2016. That’s four days, 8 stages and more than 170 music acts – plus the usual arts markets, Chicago eats from corndogs to craft brews and then some. We can’t wait for this year’s line-up from Lollapalooza who in 2015 brought together everyone from Paul McCartney to Metallica and Sam Smith to Kid Cudi!

La-la-la-la Lolla

The team at Lollapalooza is so excited about turning 25 they’re adding another day to this year’s bill. The Strokes, Sia, Radiohead, Flume, LCD Soundsystem and Kanye West are all rumoured to be joining the 2016 bill for this four-day Chicago super festival, but it’s all purely speculative at the time of writing. What we can say with more certainty is the line-up will be amazing if past years are anything to go by – Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar, The Weekend and even Angus and Julia Stone!

In early years, Lollapalooza was described by creator Perry Farrell (of Jane’s Addiction fame!) as “alternative nation” where crowd surfing, chanting Tibetan monks and getting inked were all part of the norm for this counterculture travelling festival. Nowadays, the main event is in Chicago but headliners also tour around the world in places including Chile and Brazil. There’s still an emphasis on making a positive contribution to the world around them through Lolla Cares, who promotes non-profits raising awareness on everything from marrow donations to child poverty and preventable diseases. Word.


When is it?

28th July 2016 to 31st July 2016

Tips and tricks

  • Lolla attracts 300,000-plus people. Get your tickets AND travel arrangements sorted quickly – Student Flights can help.

  • Lollapalloza is at historic Grant Park, Chicago. There’s car parks and bike parking at the site, which is also easy to reach by CTA, Metra and Pace trains and buses (get a CTA visitor pass for best value)

  • If you want to skip the queues forgo your bad and jump in the Express Lane. You can re-enter the festival 3 times per day after your first entry.

  • Get your goodies – Head to Chow Town food court for food and drinks, Green Street Market for environmentally friendly arts and crafts and the General store for stuff like sunscreen.

  • If you don’t want to carry around your credit cards or cash register for Lolla Cashless and use your wristband to make purchases (it doesn’t work at Green Street!)

  • Need more? Get your Late Night Lollapalooza tickets to keep partying at the after shows around town.