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Lollapalooza passes on sale -- prices up $15

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As usual, the lineup of performers isn't expected to be announced for a couple of weeks, but three-day passes to Lollapalooza 2012 just went on sale -- at higher prices.

Neither fact stopped the discounted batch from selling out in less than half an hour.

A limited number of early weekend passes for the annual music festival, Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park, were available at 10 a.m. today for $200. Once those are gone -- which they now are -- the price jumps to $230.

Earlier this month, the Chicago Park District announced a renegotiated deal with Lollapalooza's producers, the Texas-based C3 Presents, that extends the festival through 2021 but nixes the tax exemption the festival had previously enjoyed since relaunching in Chicago's downtown park in 2005.

Because of the extra outlay, a C3 spokesperson said ticket prices would jump. Last year's early-bird passes were $185 and regular passes $215.

Regular passes are available through the fest's website, lollapalooza.com.

The 2012 lineup is expected to be announced April 11.


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