The fourth annual Lollapalooza Argentina is coming to town. Whether you bought your ticket before the line-up was even announced, or are currently embroiled in a deal trading your left arm for a two-day pass — get excited. But hold up, before you have a Stroke(s) about how much fun and (Vance) Joy you’ll be having Duran next Weeknd (sorry) there are a few things to know before next Friday.

Remember to Rock and Recycle Photo via Lollapalooza
Remember to Rock and Recycle
Photo via Lollapalooza

Arriving…and escaping:

As the Lollapalooza website have helpfully copy and pasted from the San Isidro Hippodrome website, there are a few ways of getting to the partay.

By Car: Should take around 20 minutes from capital. If you’re heading over in peak traffic, Avenida Libertador might be a better shout than the Panamericana motorway. A taxi from Palermo for instance would usually cost around AR $200, but prices may well be hiked up on the day due to the demand.

By Bus: The 60 will drop you in Centenario which is the road intersecting with Avenida Marquez – where the hippodrome is.  Alternatively, the 15 or 21, will take you via the Panamericana up to San Isidro.

By Train: Take the Mitre line from Retiro towards Tigre and hop off at San Isidro station. From there it’s about a 20 minute walk to the hippodrome. (The train starts at Retiro and is 10 stops, around 40 minutes, to Sani — it goes via Belgrano C in case that’s more convenient.)

All entrances to the hippodrome are wheelchair-accessible, but they recommend Entrance 2, via Avenida Márquez 900, if you require handicap access.

Probably the biggest issue is getting back again —  trains wont be running that late so cross that off the list. Taxis and remises are of course available but are likely to be a lot more expensive for the way back. If you’re sticking to buses, just be warned that they might well be more packed than the D line during hora pico.

A couple of extra options are:

Lollabus are the festival’s official micros —  you can reserve a space on the website or using the festival app. You put in what times you want to go and where you’ll be coming from and they’ll indicate the closest bus stop to you. Prices depend on where you’re coming from but are AR $175 — one way — from Plaza Italia to give you an idea.

Alternatively you have the Lollapalooza Party Bus: it’s $200 round trip for one day, leaving from Chicken Bros. (Thames 1795) where they’ve thrown in some sweet chicken deals included in your bus ticket – i.e. solid discounts on food and beer. Buses leave both days at 2pm sharp and leave the festival at 1:30am.

Photo via Venue Smart
Photo via Venue Smart

Tickets:

Tickets are a tad more pricey than when they went on sale back in August, and are now going for the price of AR $2750 for the weekend and AR $1750 for one day plus booking fees. If you’re quick you may be able to nab some from the Lollapalooza official website.

Obviously exercise caution when dealing with third party sellers, but there are also tickets for reasonable prices on other websites, including Mercado Libre (AR $3000 for a two day pass) and Olx.

If you don’t mind a stress-inducing website with lots of threatening exclamation marks in equally intimidating triangles consistently reminding you what percentage of tickets are left and how many people you are virtually elbowing out the way to buy a ticket, then Viagogo (AR $2,336 for a two day pass) is also an option.

If you don’t want to fork out for the whole shabang or aren’t free that weekend, there are still a few tickets available for some of the Sideshows – where bands playing at the festival play their own shows next week in Palermo, starting around AR $900.

Photo via Mass Consumer Affairs Blog
Photo via Mass Consumer Affairs Blog

Things to be aware of:

  • There are a few things you’re not allowed to bring in, including any food or drink. So although bringing vodka in a water bottle is practically a rite of festival passage, don’t try it.
  • No picnics. No BYOB. No ”thermos with hot liquid.” WHAT? NO MATE? CRY. Chairs and big walking, travelling style backpacks are also no nos.
  • REMEMBER THE GODDAMN WRISTBAND – not only for entry but also because they have a cashless system, meaning that your only way of buying food, drinks and merchandise at the festival is via your wristband. You can pick yours up from any of the ticket selling points until March 30th, and you can load money onto it via the website.
  • Loading it before the festival via the internet will save you queueing on the day. Not carrying lots of cash on you also means less concern regarding pickpockets – always good to be on your guard about those.
  • Here’s how to charge the wristband with money:

  • Security are likely to take illegal substance possession pretty seriously, as Lollapalooza attracts quite a young crowd and more is being done to combat drug-based incidents among young people. As such there’s a big probability of being searched, so make sure to not be found with anything compromising on your person…

Line-up:

So now you’ve got your dodgy overpriced tickets and you’ve cursed the fact that BA Como Llego doesn’t extend to Provincia, its time to get excited about the line up. The full line up, as well as all the timings of acts, is up on the website.

There are plenty of big names which we wouldn’t be so patronising as to recommend but here’s some of the lesser known gems of this years Lolla.

Glass Animals – (Friday 4.30pm)

Tonight, Oxford-based band Glass Animals play their first ever show in South America, as they warm up for Lolla. Compared to the likes of Alt-J, articles and reviews attempting to describe their style usually end up as a concoction of pretentious and sensorial adjectives. But you really just have to listen for yourself – their ‘peanut butter vibes’ are unmissable.

Nicola Cruz – (Friday 5.15pm)

The Ecuador-based Frenchman’s website tells us that he’s a fan of electronic music and also Andean culture…and that’s kind of all you need to know to understand his music. Fans of Bonobo won’t want to miss his indigenous, tribal vibes combined with mellow electronic production.

Un Planeta – (Saturday 12.30pm)

Listen to their song Girando and tell me that Un Planeta aren’t an Argentine Two Door Cinema Club. If you’re after fairly easy indie rock to remind you of your teenage years, make sure to get down early for their half an hour set.

Lisandro Aristimuño – (Saturday 7pm)

Lisandro Aristimuño is an Argentine singer-songwriter from Rio Negro, nominated for a Latin Grammy for best alternative album in 2012. This Lolla he’ll probably be playing a lot of material from is 2016 album, Constellaciones, which feels occasionally like vintage Coldplay and occasionally like something TV On The Radio would be proud of…all infused with his roots in Argentine folk.

See you there!