CHICAGO (CBS) – Fans picked up tickets to Lollapalooza as soon as they went on sale – but Tuesday night, 48 hours before the opening act – some chose not to go.
Some fans even sold their tickets on eBay to the highest bidder. And as CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, concerns about the coronavirus and in particular the Delta variant may be to blame.
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Lollapalooza was silenced last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the four-day music festival, which draws around 100,000 people every day, will continue this year – with a well-advanced setup.
Claire Woods has been to Lollapalooza in previous years and bought her tickets almost immediately
“When the lineup came out during school, I literally screamed in the hallway, I was so excited,” she said. “I was like, no way! Like, these are some of my favorite artists.
But Woods recently sold his ticket. She won’t go to Lolla this year.
“I actually sold my ticket just for health reasons,” she said. “I also have type 1 diabetes, and I just don’t want to get sick, especially because I’m going to school in about two weeks, and I don’t want my family to be sick either.
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The 18-year-old is vaccinated. But despite security measures in place like proof of vaccination to enter or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the festival, Woods said it just wasn’t worth the risk.
“I just don’t want to get sick before I go to school. I can’t wait to go to college this fall, ”she said. “And I just really want to take this experience and really prioritize my education and my health over going to a concert.”
Many tickets are sold online – not all because of COVID. But it’s a factor that has caused some to rethink the party at Grant Park – at least one poster on the Chicago Reddit page has also reported selling its ticket due to concerns about the pandemic.
“I’d rather be more careful than sorry in the long run,” Woods said.
if you plan to come to Lollapalooza, you are asked to print your negative covid test or proof of vaccination – don’t just show it on your phone.
This is partly to avoid bottlenecks or congestion when entering Lolla.
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If you tested positive for COVID-19 before Lollapalooza, you are entitled to a refund. Further details can be found here.