Tickets to Telluride

Town Park -Telluride, CO (M.Chase)

As the mail order deadline rolls around this Friday, the hottest topic in the Phish community has got to be how the hell to score tickets to Telluride. The golden ring of summer stubs, of the 9,000 tickets, only 7,500 will go to people nationwide. After the near-impossible on-sale on April 2, we will all be left to our own own devices, and it may not be a pretty scene. The hardest ticket since Hampton’s ’09 reunion will undoubtedly be the top prize of 2010’s preseason, and here are some of the details.

Over the weekend, an article from The Telluride Watch emerged explaining the 1,500 “locals only” slots which will be sold in unique fashion to prevent resale.

Purchasers will need to present their driver’s license proving San Miguel County residency at a sales venue in order to purchase access to the concerts…For those local residents who don’t have an up-to-date drivers license, other means of proving residence such as a current utility bill or pay stub may also be accepted as long as the bearer can also produce valid identification, confirmed Ronnie Palamar of the Sheridan Opera House and Karen Lamb of Telluride Music.

“Everything is going to have to match,” explained Lamb, later adding, “We’re just trying to make sure the locals don’t get squeezed out.” Purchasers’ names will be placed on the Will Call list and they will again need to present identification at the concert box office in order to obtain a wristband for entry. They will also need to accompany the person for whom they bought a ticket at the concert box office.

For everyone that doesn’t get lucky in Phish’s Tickets-By-Mail crap-shoot, there won’t even be an option to go to an outlet unless your get yourself to Telluride. From, here are the on-sale details for April 2.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 2nd at Noon Mountain time. Tickets can be purchased online at or charge by phone at 866.461.6556. Tickets may also be purchased at the Sheridan Opera House and the Telluride Music Company. Tickets for this show are only available as part of a 2-day ticket for entry to both 8/9 and 8/10. You cannot purchase tickets for individual days.

In case you missed that, the core facts are that the entire nation of Phish fans will be battling online, or on the phone, for 7,500 two-day passes. To make matters all the more complex, Ticketmaster isn’t selling these tickets, rather, Tickethorse, a Colorado-based agency that is bound to crash, will be dropping the Phish ticket of the season. Giddy-up? One can only hope.

Hampton '09 Art

Even with a legit system, 7,500 tickets would be gone in the first 15 seconds, and with a two-ticket limit, extras won’t exactly be floating around the Internet. I would imagine the only viable trade for a two-day Telluride pass would be tickets to all three nights of The Greek, (or two at the very least.) It should be an interesting post on-sale marketplace, as scalpers will have as hard of a time snagging these as anyone; there simply are not that many tickets! In this case, it seems that the lottery, of all places, is the most-likely way of scoring. And that, my friends, is a bleak situation. With the town booked solid, how this will all unfold remains to be seen. If nothing else, it will certainly be an adventure.


Jam of the Day:

The Curtain > Stash” 6.17.95 I

A sinister exclamation point to set one in Gainesville, VA circa Summer ’95.




7.13.99 Great Woods, Mansfield, MA < Torrent

7.13.99 Great Woods, Mansfield, MA < Megaupload

6.6.09 - Great Woods (G.Lucas)

The second night of Great Woods ’99. This summer, Phish will stop at their old-school Massachusetts stomping grounds on Tuesday, June 22.

I: NICU, The Curtain > Halley’s Comet > Roses Are Free > NO2, Lawn Boy, Reba > Carini, Funky Bitch

II: Wolfman’s Brother > Piper > Bug, Mountains in the Mist, Run Like an Antelope, Possum*

E: Tuesday’s Gone*

* w/ Scott Murawski

Source: Schoeps cmc6/mk41 > Lunatec V2 > Apogee AD1000 > Sony D100 (@ 48 kHz)

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  1. DukeOfLizards Says:

    (lurker alert)


  2. m00nshake Says:

    I wish I could go… that’s the only thing I can add…

  3. gus Says:

    same…and good luck to all you trying!

  4. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Damn, these shows are going to be scorchers huh?

    Good luck to all trying to grab these tickets

  5. Matso Says:

    7.13.99 has one of the most flowing first sets that I saw. I could do without the Funky Bitch, but from Curtain to Carini, it was complete bliss even if there wasn’t a huge amount of jamming. The second set opens with a big bloated Wolfman’s but never really clicks in my opinion (Bug and Mist deflate its potential and Murawski added absolutely nothing). I prefer the previous night’s second set, 7.12.99, which is anchored by one of my all-time favourite Bowies, with some of the finest delicate ’99-style interplay.

    Good luck all with Tellutickets. A part of me is relieved that this isn’t an option for me so that I don’t need to worry about getting them for myself!

    I’m about to book my flight for Matso’s Microtour 2010 (Hartford 2 and SPAC). I feel a bit crazed about the whole thing: I haven’t been to the US in 3 years (my honeymoon was in New Hampshire) and haven’t been to any US cities in 10 years. I’m flying from London into Newark and then doing the round trip of Hartford and SPAC. It’s not a cheap trip for what amounts to 3 shows, so I have to admit I’m not without doubt! But last night I popped on the 9.14.00 Reba, which is a fine version from that era, and thought if I can get to that place for a set or maybe two, then it will all be worth it!

  6. Willowed Says:

    Whose got my fatty Telluride extra?
    Trade my heady garlic grilled cheese for your Telluride!
    Good morning boys and girls!

  7. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    I am eager to get my lottery in but I wont get my direct deposit until the 31st, will this matter with the CC hold or should i not even bother becasue it will be rejected…PLEASE HELP!!!

  8. Matso Says:

    @ Stir it –
    Can you explain what you mean by “direct deposit”?

  9. tela'smuff Says:

    i’m freaking out about this. if i get squeezed out of a ticket, i’ll be eating my deposit on the condo i booked. that’s about $350! I have a 2br condo 1 block form main st booked for the 8th,9th, and 10th. i guess at the time i didn’t forsee this being as small as the 7,500 tickets! even if i score, chances are my crew won’t, then i’ll still be looking at a hard time finding ways to get enough people in my condo to make it affordable.

  10. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I am just putting it out there again that Telluride is my birthday. And yes, that means Jerry Garcia died on my birthday. And, yes, that means you should hook me up with a ticket to Telluride. Thanks!

  11. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I think Tela’smuff just invited us to his/her condo!

  12. pagesidehighschool Says:

    i caught the night before the dloth. had to work this night, bummer. the first night gw 99 was a lot of fun for me, only time front row. foreplay>long time opener and page was singing AT my girl during rock and roll, some serious eye contact, needless to say, she was hooked after that

  13. Luther Justice Says:

    I’ll top you Willowed. I’ll trade my heady crystals for extras to T-Ride. C’mon, it’s my birthday! (Not really, but have you ever noticed how many people asking for extras & miracles in the lot seem to have a birthday on the very day of the show their asking for?)

  14. pagesidehighschool Says:

    i’m tempted to put my mane in for telluride even though i can’t go, and then do a crazy BB auction. I’ll call it “i’ve got two tickets to telluride, won’t you pack your bags, we’ll leave tonight!”

  15. pagesidehighschool Says:


  16. Luther Justice Says:

    Not directed @ you Angryjoggerz! I think you deserve a ticket for having your birthday on one of the saddest days of my life. If someone gives me extras for my crystals, they’re yours.

  17. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    @ matso, I get 2 direct deposits to my checking account on the 31st of every month, one is my paycheck and one stems from a lawsuit long ago where I broke my back, they wont be deposited until the last day of the month and want to what happens if there isnt enough funds in the account when the hold is put…

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    angry – that may end up being the case!

    if i get a minimum of six people it works out to be $150 per person for three days! thats a damn good deal.

    but hopefully all of my crew gets tickets.

  19. KWL Says:

    morning folks.

    so just to make sure.

    on mail order it does not matter if multiple ticket requests have the same mailing address? (just billing name/address has to be different)

    as in, my brother, the lady and I can all request to the same mailing address?

  20. pagesidehighschool Says:

    kwl, i think your f’d

  21. Marshall Says:

    @ KWL – I think it’s based on name, address, credit card combo. If your lady uses a different cc, then the addy won’t matter. Same with your brother.

    Oh, and for the record, I am a phish fan who is not seeking T-ride tickets. Never planned on it. I know it will still be hard as heck to get, but not everyone out there is trying. I think Hampton might have been tougher, even with the 13,000 capacity.

  22. Matso Says:

    @ Stir it –

    What kind of credit card are you using? Unless your credit card is a direct debit or charge card (ie. funds are taken from your account at the time the card is charged), then this shouldn’t be an issue. Normal credit cards give you a period of one month or more during which to pay off the amount charged to it (ie. money only leaves your account when you decide to pay off the balance on your card). So the fact that Phish put a hold or even charge your card before you have funds in your account won’t make a difference.

  23. Marshall Says:

    from the Phish website:

    There is a limit of ONE ticket request per credit card. As a security measure, Phish Tickets will accept only one unique credit card number for each ticket request. If you attempt to place additional ticket requests with the same credit card number, all requests will be rejected. In addition, we will be filtering out multiple ticket requests made by the same person at the same billing address using different credit cards. Attempts to make multiple ticket requests by the same person at the same address may result in a low priority assignment or even rejection of your requests.

  24. Matso Says:

    I take that to mean one request per address, billing or mailing.

  25. Marshall Says:

    @ Matso – if a different person uses a different cc number, they won’t filter it because of the address. Nothing in the statement indicates that. I believe this was the consensus last time ’round.

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