Coachella Vs. Lollapalooza: Which Festival Is Better?

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The battle for the best coast (West Coast, East Coast, Third Coast) goes beyond Tupac and Biggie, and In-N-Out and Shake Shack. Ultimately Coachella and Lollapalooza must join the fight. (Yes, Lolla is set in the Midwest, but we did say Third Coast. Got it? Good.)

So now that Coachella is a distant, but vivid, memory, and with recently released Lollapalooza lineup, we wondered: which is the better music festival?

Having been to both, we narrowed down a couple of pros and cons for each festival and here are the results:


Lollapalooza: Lollapalooza is easier to get to. O'Hare Airport is 45 minutes away on public transportation.

Coachella: The polo grounds in Indio are about two to three hours away from any international airport, and not counting the time stuck in traffic.

WINNER: Lollapalooza

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Coachella or Lollapalooza?


Coachella: Everywhere you look in Indio, beautiful people are wearing whatever they're wearing (feathers, bikinis, dayglo) in style.

Lollapalooza:  It's said Midwesterners have no fashion sense, and although that might be true, we do see a lack of personal vibe at Lollapalooza. Everyone just seems to blend in, and everyone also seems less beautiful.

WINNER: Coachella


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The Big Reunion Act

Lollapalooza: The Cars! 

Coachella: Suede!

The Mainstream Draw

Lollapalooza: Muse

Coachella: Kings of Leon

For Cult Followers

Lollapalooza: A Perfect Circle

Coachella: The Strokes

The Hip-Hop Concession

Lollapalooza: Eminem

Coachella: Kanye West

WINNER: It could be a perfect tie.

Lollapalooza: You can do a ton if you stay in Chicago after the festival is over.
Coachella: Indio isn't much of a social town, but the Coachella parties are awesome.

WINNER: Lollapalooza


Lollapalooza: Chicago hotels are definitely expensive, but if you can crash with people you know in the city, you can take the train to Lollapalooza easily. Plus, you don't have to camp!

Coachella: If you don't book a hotel a year in advance or  buy camping passes, sleeping in your car at the Indio Walmart parking lot is your only choice.

WINNER: Lollapalooza


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Lollapalooza: Lollapalooza has a cooler back drop, but it never feels like an actual escape, just another festival in a city. Plus, you're on concrete the whole time. 

Coachella: Coachella's palm trees and soft polo field grass make you feel like you're on another planet, and all the art installations are larger than life.

WINNER: Coachella!


Lollapalooza: Not counting the artists, there's about 97.5 percent less celebrities at Lollapalooza.

Coachella: Even when the lineup is bad, there's always a D-lister to be seen roaming around.

WINNER: Coachella!

Okay, so that last point might put an end to this whole thing. And while Coachella oozes spirit that you can't get anywhere else, once we tallied the results it was A TIE! But Lollapalooza is right around the corner, so who knows, maybe this year the real party will be in Chicago. We'll just have to wait and see.

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jerry mitchell
jerry mitchell

The both pale in comparison to the Gathering of the Juggalo's!!!!


When it's 80+ degrees out and you're surrounded by 85,000+ each day you can really care less about how you look at long as you're comfortable. Midwesterners, usually, dress for the occassion, and in Lolla's situation it's music and hydration. Bikini tops, shorts, and closed toe shoes are the norm. People could care less if you're dress in feathers - more than likely they'll see "That's SO cool!" and later, "You're a damn idiot because you may pass out due to the heat. What do you want, attention?" When it comes to Lolla the bands/artists are there to impress, not the people in the crowd who pay good many.


lolla is set of acres of grass and softball fields in "Grant Park."  No concrete at all unless your sitting around the awesome buckingham fountain in between the north and south ends of the festival.  Have you ever been to lolla????


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