Gather round, children… Let’s talk about Lollapalooza Argentina, that takes place starting this Friday, March 29th and goes on until Sunday, March 31st. No, we’re not gonna be talking about the music per se, we pretty much covered that in The Bubble’s Ultimate Lollapalooza Guide a while back. Today we’re going to focus more on the logistics, food, and transportation, as well as some of the nice little perks the festival has in store for visitors this year. Of course, none of this makes any sense whatsoever if you don’t have a ticket for the damn thing so please, by all means, head on over to AllAccess and purchase one before time runs out. You’ll figure out how to pay your expensas and rent some other time. Rock and roll, man.
FYI: You can also purchase tickets by going to one of the official ticket sales outlets all around the city. You know, buy the old fashion way, like our grandparents used to do.
Oh crap… I haven’t picked up my wristband!
Chill. We’ve got you covered. BUT YOU CAN ONLY DO THIS UNTIL TOMORROW, THURSDAY, MARCH 28TH, SO LET’S GET MOVING. Official pickup spots are Plaza del Sol in Unicenter shopping mall and the AllAccess box office at Av. Santa Fe 4201, in Plaza Italia. Please, for the love of God, do not forget to take your DNI with you, as well as the credit card you used to pay, and the confirmation voucher you received via email.
The wristband is not only your ticket into the festival but will also be the only certified payment method inside the premises. You may lose your wallet or even your smartphone during the upcoming day but you cannot, by any means, lose that wristband. You can charge any amount to it online through the festival’s cashless system and avoid having to waste time in those pesky long lines during the event. This can be done up to 24 hours before the festival, so you’ve still got time. Remember, planning ahead isn’t always a bad thing!
When should I arrive?
This answer obviously depends on what kind of person you are. I mean, if you’re a real music freak and have nothing else to do during three days straight, then maybe you’ll want to arrive at midday, which is when the first shows begin, usually featuring the local bands. Lollapalooza, as you may recall, has four stages, which means that you can spend the whole time without any sort of silence whatsoever, if that’s what you’re into.
For a detailed hour by hour breakdown of each day’s lineups, click here. For a more general overview of the three day lineups, check out the official poster below.
How can I get there, and where are the entry points?
Lollapalooza Argentina will take place once again at the hipódromo, or horse racing track of San Isidro, to the north of Capital Federal. Let’s talk entry points first. There are three main ones which you can find on this map:
- Av. Santa Fe & Av. Márquez
- Av. Márquez 800
- Av. Márquez 900
If you’re fortunate enough to have a vehicle then you’ll be glad to know there is actually a parking lot located at Av. Santa Fe and Av. de Unidad Nacional. Keep in mind that this is San Isidro, so don’t get distracted to thinking that this Santa Fe avenue is the one where you catch the 152 to get to your yoga class. There are probably close to a million Santa Fe (very loose estimate) avenues in this country because, well, things have to be unnecessarily complicated in Argentina sometimes. There is also a VIP parking lot at Av. Marquez and Av. Fleming. Bike parking is free, but limited.
For the more pedestrian crowd (me, for example) things, as in life, are a bit more complex. The Mitre train line that runs through Zona Norte will be running until 3 AM, with trains circulating every 15 minutes. It’s important to remember that when these arrive during Lollapalooza exit hours, they usually look like this in a matter of seconds:
Fortunately, transit officials will be around to facilitate the flow of people coming out of the event. The train will finish its service at the Nuñéz station due to the current construction to elevate the tracks between Belgrano and Retiro. Nevertheless, any of the stations before Nuñéz are a few blocks away from Cabildo and Libertador avenues, which means you will have tons of colectivo options to choose from to get back home, or to continue the party somewhere else. Try to stay patient, make sure you’ve got comfortable shoes on, and top up your SUBE beforehand!
Can we talk about food?
We certainly can! As stated previously, the only authorized payment method will be the cashless wristband, which can be charged online or at specific points inside of the event. Once you have that locked and loaded, there will be a plethora of yummy options that will be at your disposal, including (takes deep breath): smoked meats, vegan ice creams, empanadas, pizzas, churros, donuts, hamburgers, sushi salads, french fries with toppings, organic salads, Mexican food, Colombian food, and Venezuelan food.
If you prefer to talk about names, then here are some of the notable restaurants who have confirmed their presence: Alain Delon, Almacén de Pizzas, Bar de Carnes, Burger 180, CARNE, Crepas, Deniro, Enero, Guapaletas, Kaira, Kenko, La Dorita, Los Petersen, María Félix, MOO, Pani, Rex, Rock & Feller, Rockin Chips, Sedai and Tucson.
What new activities does Lollapalooza have in store this year?
I’m glad you asked! One of the most exciting ones is without a doubt something called La Casita which is composed of not one, but three casitas for some reason (again, Argentina). Inside of them, DJs from all over Latin America will be playing beats non-stop during the three festival days, mixing everything from hip hop and trap to samba, reggae, funk and Colombian cumbia.
Another pretty cool activity will be a series of art installations spread out all over the field, including works by local artists like Marta Minujín, Pablo Reinoso, Cynthia Cohen, and Matías Duville. The festival will also include a special section dedicated to the environment, simply called GREEN, which inclueds workshops, yoga classes, meditation, organic food cooking lessons, and much more. FInally, did you know there is actually a space for the little ones in Lollapalooza, aptly called Kidzapalooza, which will feature the biggest possible kids rock star that can be booked nowadays: Peppa Pig.
Wait, where’s the Party Bus?
Maybe you’re looking to get hyped up before even making it to San Isidro. Maybe you just don’t want to get stuck in a gross Uber that gets lost no less than eight times on the way to the festival. Maybe you just want to be able to pass out peacefully at the end of the night and not worry about missing your train stop. Does any of this resonate with you?
To avoid any hassle, there is an actual party bus that will be transporting people from Chicken Bros. in Palermo to the event and back. The Facebook event description also states that the nice people from Chicken Bros will be selling exclusive promos on food and beer while attendees wait for the buses to arrive. The caravan will leave Chicken Bros at 2PM and return at 1:30 AM. Wristbands for the buses cost AR $400 round trip (each day). To reserve your space on the bus, please send an email to [email protected] with the full names of those you’d like to reserve seats for as well as the days you’d like to join in.
So that pretty sums it up! All that is left is to enjoy this marvelous display of national and international music that comes by once a year. If you need any more information, don’t forget to check out the Lollapalooza Argentina 2019 FAQ page. Rock on!