Music fans are scrambling to get their tickets to one of the biggest live music events of the year, Lollapalooza. The 3-day passes sold out the very day they went on sale which is unprecedented for the festival. This is the first time in history that the 3-day passes have sold out before the official line-up has even been released. Although part of this may have to do with the 2013 being leaked and going viral over various social media sites. Now single-day tickets are the last option, except for Saturday August 3rd which sold out in 30 minutes.

So what was it causing this craziness over passes this year? Many people look to scalpers looking to get passes at face value then turn around and sell them at a much higher costs to music fans. But looking at the quality of line-up, I think we can see the answer to the record-breaking sale time of tickets. There is a vast range of new bands making their festival debuts, indie favorites who are returning to Grant Park, and old bands resurfacing that appeal to an older crowd as well as younger generations who have been introduced to their music but haven't had much of a chance to see them live until now. I am speaking of course about New Order and The Cure who are set to play Lollapalooza this year.

This also marks the year of the come-back for a lot of big names in indie. One of the most anticipated returns is that of Vampire Weekend whose last album Contra came out in 2010 and fans have been anxiously awaiting new music since. Their new album Modern Vampires of the City is set for release in May. Other bands coming out with new music include The Killers and The Postal Service.

No matter which way you look at it, this is a big year for the festival and a big year for fans of all different genres of music. Here's looking forward to that first weekend in August.

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