Lollapalooza Argentina is held annually at the Hipodromo de San Isidro in the heart of Buenos Aires. Over the years Lollapalooza Argentina has expanded and transformed itself into the most popular festival held in Argentina, and probably South America. In 2017 over 200,000 people attended the 2-day event, and it sold out completely. This year the festivals 5th edition will be taking place from March 16-18. 2018 looks a lot like 2017 as 3-day festival passes and day 1 tickets are officially sold out. This is a guide for all you gringos heading to Argentina 😉
This years lineup consists of artists from almost every genre and I think it caters to almost anyone’s tastes. Whether you’re a die-hard rock n’ roll, EDM, or hip-hop fan, Lollapalooza has something to offer you. The 2018 headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, and Pearl Jam. Our favorite supporting artists are as follows, Mac De Marco, Liam Gallagher, The National, Metronomy, LCD Soundsystem, Milky Chance, David Bryne, Spoon, and The Neighborhood. You can find the festivals full lineup here.
3-day festival passes and day 1 tickets are sold out however you can still purchase tickets for days 2 and 3. The official ticket vendor is AllAccess. If you’re looking for 3-day tickets you should try searching on Facebook and Twitter, StubHub should be your last resort. Single day tickets cost $1990 Argentine Pesos ($100 USD). Get your tickets here.
Lollapalooza has 5 stages. Main Stage 1 and 2, Perrys Stage, the Alternative Stage, and the Kidzapalooza Stage. If you’re into DJ’s and EDM that’s whats on at Perry’s Stage all day and night. Kidzapalooza is a stage and area for kids. Kids up until the age of 10 can get in the festival for free.
Lollapalooza is a ‘cashless’ festival. That means you can’t pay cash for food, merch, and drinks. Festival bracelets are used to pay for stuff, you can add money to your wristband before the festival or at the festival. There will be booths at the festival where you can put money on your bracelet with either cash or your credit card. Add money to your wristband (if you already have it) here.
Lollapalooza offers various ways for getting to the festival. Lollapalooza has a parking lot however that has to be purchased online via All Access. You could also park your car around the Hipodromo de San Isidro, but if you plan on doing this make sure to arrive early. Getting a taxi is another way, but it might be complicated to get a driver when the festival ends so make sure to figure something out. The train line ‘Mitre’ has a stop in San Isidro (a short walk to the festival) so it is possible to arrive at the festival via train from downtown Buenos Aires or Tigre. More train info can be found here. Another alternative for getting to the festival is by bus. Lines 60, 15, and 21 will get you where you need to be.
If you’re traveling to the festival and are looking for a place to stay, here are some nice hotels in the San Isidro area. Click on the name of the hotels to visit their website. San Isidro Plaza Hotel, Hotel Del Casco, Hotel Alto, and Villa Isidro. Downtown Buenos Aires is 25-40 minutes away from the festival so when you’re booking a hotel that isn’t in San Isidro keep that in mind.
Lollapalooza Argentina is a massive event and in past years organizers haven’t really been able to do a good job. If you want to have a good experience I recommend getting to the festival early so that it doesn’t take an hour to get in. It’s also a good idea to buy water bottles and eat food early. At night when everyone arrives, you’ll have to wait about an hour to get food and water. If you’ve never been to a festival or concert in Argentina then get ready for the best moshpits and crowds in the world. Argentine people have so much energy and they all jump a lot. If you’re not into rough crowds then stay in the back for the headliners because it’s going to be insane. So many people pass out so try and stay hydrated and safe. Countless phones get robbed at the festival every year, avoid this by getting a fanny pack or small bag that you can keep safe so this doesn’t happen.
If festivals just aren’t your thing, or you’d just rather see your favorite band in a more intimate venue, these sideshows are for you. Sideshows are held in various venues around the city of Buenos Aires and happen either before or after the festival. Below we’ve listed all the sideshows. Tickets here.
Liam Gallagher @ DirectTV Arena on March 14
Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals @ Niceto Club on March 14
Metronomy @ Teatro Vorterix on March 15
Zara Larson + Oh Wonder @ Niceto Club March 15
David Bryne @ Teatro Gran Rex on March 19
LCD Soundsystem @ Teatro Vorterix on March 20
Volbeat @ Teatro Vorterix on March 21
Hopefully this gringo guide helps you out and we hope to see you in the pogo!