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Lollapalooza sells out for record crowd: 270,000 fans

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If you've been procrastinating your purchase of Lollapalooza tickets this year, you're too late. The seventh annual concert festival in Chicago's Grant Park sold out on Friday, according to promoter C3 Presents.

That means 90,000 people will attend each day of the three-day festival, Aug. 5-7, for a record total of 270,000. Last year's top attendance was 240,000.

In 2005, the event's first year on Chicago's lakefront, daily attendance was 65,000.

The total daily capacity allowed for the festival, however, is 95,000. C3 said today that with VIPs and complimentary tickets on top of the 90,000, that capacity has been reached -- so no chance of extra tickets going on sale late.

The extra capacity came last year, when the festival expanded from 80 acres to 115. This eased north-south traffic flow, turning Columbus Drive into a mile-long sidewalk, and avoiding the bottleneck around Buckingham Fountain that caused so many missed sets in previous years. Perry's Stage, for DJs and electronic acts, grew considerably, as did the food area; Perry's will be twice as large this year, with a 15,000-person capacity.

C3 last year said they capped 2010 attendance at 80,000 to "focus on flow and room for the patrons" in the new layout.

Those without tickets next month will be able to watch much of the festival from air-conditioned, indoor comfort. C3 also announced today it will stream Lollapalooza live (and its Austin City Limits Festival Sept. 16-18 in the Texas capital) via YouTube.

The streams will include live performances as well as backstage areas and interviews. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said it will allow fans to "be a voyeur" on the event.

More than 130 artists will perform on eight stages at Lollapalooza, including headliners Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Muse.

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It's going to be insanee. Anyone going should check out the Vaccines, they play on friday at 12:45 and they're pretty awesome live!

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