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Secondary sellers cashing in on Lollapalooza tickets

Written by
Clayton Guse

Tickets to Lollapalooza sold out before the lineup was even released this year, leaving thousands of eager music lovers to sift through the secondary market for a chance to see Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine and others rock out in Grant Park.

The face value of a three-day general admission pass to the festival is $275, but if you want to purchase a ticket now, you'll have to fork out a lot more cash. According to TiqIq, a secondary market ticket aggregator, three-day Lollapalooza passes are selling for an average of $677 from secondary sellers. That figure is up nearly $300 from last year, when people were coughing up an average of $394 for sold-out tickets. 

When Lollapalooza was a smaller festival, single-day tickets were available at the gate for face value. With the rise of Internet scalpers and the rapid expansion of the festival in both size and popularity, finding an affordable Lolla pass is next to impossible. At this point, fans are stuck dropping a wad of Benjamins for the weekend of music.

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