Cashapalooza – How to avoid giving Lolla scalpers all your hard-earned money

All early bird and regular 3-Day and Single-Day passes for Lollapalooza sold out in minutes for the first time this year

This year Lollapallooza will bring over 100 artists to Grant Park, Chicago for the enjoyment of 90,000 fans each day from Aug 2-4th.  As usual, the festival’s organizers have booked legends and rising stars alike across all genres and done so at a fraction of the sticker price of comparable music festivals across the country.  Besides the mythical, impossible-to-get $65 souvenir passes which Lolla releases each year right around the first day of spring, 3-Day weekend passes are sold for $200-235.  In comparison, Coachella weekend passes were sold for $349 and Miami’s all-electronic Ultra Music Festival charged a whopping $399.  While this may seem like a great deal, the unfortunate reality is that Lollapalooza early-bird weekend ($200), regular weekend ($235) and all single day passes ($95) sold out within minutes.  Even if you clicked the “buy” button the second your desired passes were officially released, there was a good chance that a frozen browser or slow connection left you empty-handed.  To be fair, Lolla organizers probably did not anticipate this kind of demand: last year early bird passes and all day passes were available days if not weeks after the release date (although all sold out eventually).  As the festival-loving EDM crowd has grown from a niche group neon-clad weirdos dancing like crazy at the tiny Perry’s stage just a few years ago into the dominant demographic last year, demand for tickets has skyrocketed… and scalpers noticed.  By the end of the day on 3/25/2013, over 1,000 weekend passes were listed on Stubhub alone.  Those who panicked after missing their chance from the official website were consistently paying well over $400 just a few days later.

Today (4 months later), tickets have sold on stubhub for as low as $250 (seller collects $212.50 after stubhub fees probably netting a $22.50 LOSS after all this time).  The average price of all weekend passes sold so far: $369.  The reason is simple: Lollapalooza allows sellers to list and sell their tickets before they actually have them in hand.  Experienced scalpers who know this sold their tickets early; most waited until they actually received the tickets in the mail in early August and all listed their tickets at once.  The result is a huge spike in supply immediately after tickets are actually delivered, causing prices to plummet. Sunday Passes, for example, are currently selling for UNDER FACE VALUE on stubhub. The lesson: if you miss out on festival tickets when they are officially released… WAIT.  This is not ALWAYS true, but generally, the worst time to buy tickets tends to be immediately after they sell out. Let the panickers pay the professional scalpers and watch the price drop as sellers start to worry about being stuck with their tickets as the event draws closer.  There are currently over 2,400 Lolla weekend passes listed on stubhub alone, at least a some of those sellers are nervous about their tickets selling and will drop their prices dramatically in the near future. A pro move is to use meta-search site like SeatGeek which browses Stubhub and many other ticket brokers to find the cheapest tickets available online. Another strong move is to use their “track event” feature which will update you when prices finally hit a price you are willing to pay. Similarly, stubhub has “price alerts” which will send you an email when tickets are listed below a price you specify.  Be smart about your ticket buying strategy and keep money in the pockets of those who love live music instead of those who exploit it.


Artist Spotlight: Disclosure

This British duo blew up late last year when their single “Latch” hit the UK singles charts.  Although brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence are only 22 and 19 (respectively), their following continues to grow worldwide this year with the release of their first album “Settle” last month.  Chill, trippy and immaculately produced, their deep house / future garage style works perfectly during club sets and has spawned some incredible remixes including this one by Baauer:

If you aren’t familiar with these guys yet, it will be worth your while to check out some of their tracks below, or catch them live on Friday 8/2 during their short set (6:00-6:45pm) at Lollapalooza.  They are also performing an official Lollapalooza afterparty later that night at The Mid alongside SBTRKT.  Tickets for both events are sold out but our friends at SeatGeek can help you score tickets here.



Welcome to Krowdsurfer

If you’ve found your way over here, you probably pride yourself on your musical taste. You’re always on the lookout for hot new artists, awesome live shows and news about the music industries titans and rising stars alike. If you like electronic party music, you came to the right place.

We’re here to help you keep your finger on the pulse.  We use a variety of social media metrics and industry partnerships to bring you the latest tracks and shows as they’re announced.  Whether you’re flavor is house, trap dubstep, glitch, downtempo or whatever new genre is brewing to be the next big movement to hit festivals and clubs across the country, check back often and we’ll make sure you’re the first of your friends to know.

Trap 101


Back in August, Stereogum posted this fantastic article noting the sudden rise of a genre that borrows its name from a style of Southern rap but caters its sound to the electronic dance scene.  Although the “trap” moniker (also referred to as trap-rave or trap-step) has been somewhat confusing and even controversial, there is little doubt that this niche genre has quickly gathered a strong following throughout 2012 and looks poised to break into new levels of popularity in 2013.  For those still unfamiliar with the bass-heavy, high-energy sound, Baauer, TNGHT and Flosstradamus should serve as a strong introduction…

Insomniac’s EDC festival series expanded to Chicago

Earlier this month, Insomniac Events CEO Pasquale Rotella confirmed rumors of Electric Daisy Carnival expanding to Chicago by tweeting “New stop on road to @EDC_LasVegas! Chicago get ready! Date & venue out 1/16/13! NY announce coming in Jan!”  With the massive success of Insomniac’s other EDC festivals, this is big news for Chicago EDM fans who already have a strong summer festival lineup including Lollapalooza (which has greatly expanded the electronic portion of its lineup over the last several years), North Coast Music Festival, Spring Awakening and Wavefront.  Many sources speculate that the event will be held during Memorial Day weekend and will replace Aura Presents‘ Future Sound Music Festival, which was set for the same holiday weekend and has since been cancelled.  Most details about the event are speculation at this point, but @EDCChicago2013 has tweeted that Armin Van Buuren may be among the first leaked headliners.  Insomniac’s 2013 festival series will once again include a New York stop, the famous EDC Vegas event as well as events in Orlando and Puerto Rico.  Updates will be available from or Insomniac’s Twitter feed as well as from @KrowdSurfer.

Top 10 Music Festivals for 2013

Top 10 Music Festivals for 2013

2012 saw an influx of new music festivals and unprecedented crowds selling out the majors.  Some spring festival presales are already sold out, others will be announcing dates and venues soon.  We will have a full, interactive guide to 2013 U.S. music festivals soon, but for now these are the 10 biggest festivals of next year based on social media buzz.

Rank Festival Name Start Date City Official Site
1 Ultra Music Festival 3/15/2013 Miami, FL Ultra Music Festival Offical Site
2 Coachella 4/12/2013 Indio, CA Coachella Offical Site
3 Bonaroo 6/13/2013 Manchester, TN Bonaroo Offical Site
4 Burning Man 8/26/2013 Blackrock, NV Burning Man Offical Site
5 Electric Zoo 8/30/2013 New York, NY Electric Zoo Offical Site
6 Electric Daisy Carnival 6/21/2013 Las Vegas, NV Electric Daisy Carnival Offical Site
7 Lollapalooza 8/2/2013 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza Offical Site
8 Austin City Limits 10/4/2013 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Offical Site
9 South by Southwest 3/8/2013 Austin, TX South by Southwest Offical Site
10 Summerfest 6/26/2013 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest Offical Site