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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936 Responses to “Tickets to Telluride”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @marco- i have no recollection of ever having to confirm any PTBM.

  2. Worthless Swampy Fool Says:

    Hmm… that would work for me as I only need one show. I mean if it came down to it I would think I could get them in the hands of a BBer. Anyone need Camden lawns. HA! 😉

  3. KWL Says:

    OK, just being overly careful. Pretty sure I had the lady request last year for something and I still got tix.

    obviously doing mail order for telly.

    not sure on spac. Didn’t have any trouble unloading a spac lawn last year, but with 2 nights and a lot of other east coast weekend love, might be diff this year.

  4. gratefulcub Says:

    “Circa Summer ’95”

    Ha. good stuff.

  5. neemor Says:

    Matso: I hope to meet you on this side of the pond…
    I disagree about that Wolfman’s, though….I used to organize days around that version.
    BTW: The actual version where I feel on zzyzx…

  6. Worthless Swampy Fool Says:

    All this ticket talk got me thinking yesterday about the Dead. I am just getting into them (thanks to this board) and so have no clue as to how it was like. What was the demand like for Dead Tickets over the years? Up and down? Steady increase? Flat? Not that this compares obviously (no internet then among MANY other diff). Was it mostly mail order or line up at music stores? Just my own curiosity.

  7. BTB Says:

    FB – cleveland / cuyahoga falls, OH

  8. JerZ Says:

    I just checked ebay for the fun of it to see if the scalpers already had telluride for sale- for the bargain price of $1500 each. Why bother with mail order when you can just drop $3000 for you and a buddy to go and not have to worry about the ticket hassle

  9. marcoesq Says:

    Re: DOTD

    I didn’t even notice but that show was on my 18th bday!! What a great day, got to head to Fenway for some of the All-Star game festivities and then headed down 95 to Mansfield to see my favorite band tear it up the day I became semi-legal!

  10. afroskully Says:

    oh…that jam of the day. Oh…that stash! Oh my. Oh oh oh my.

    That is THE stash.

    The stashiest of stashy stashes that has ever been stashed.

    I’ve loved it since 95 and it still makes me shudder when i hear it.

    If jam of the day was done ala radio formats, that stash would be in “heavy rotation”.

    Have i mentioned how good that stash is?

  11. marcoesq Says:


    Maybe I shouldn’t be using the word “confirm” but once you receive your orders, you have the opportunity to cancel them

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Marco- ok, i’ll buy that. I never knew that though. I guess because the thought of cancelling a ticket order never crossed my mind.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    morning, all!

    in case anyone is interested (this is a re-post from late last night) I uploaded some Cut Chemist stuff to my mediafire since the conversation came up about a week ago. it’s not for everyone, but it is definitely interesting music. the zip file contains two albums done with DJ Shadow (Brainfreeze & Product Placement) along with a double album of his called Rare Equations. I have a ton of this type of stuff if anyone is seriously interested in diving into the DJ realm. Just let me know and I can upload more.

    love that JOTD. check out the second set too for a wild Tweezer that includes the first ever Johnny B Goode within it. we had a blast at that one!

  14. bhizzle Says:

    Man…I cannot begin to say tell you all how amp’d I was for T-ride, but seeing that article last night and now Miner’s post….It’s raining outside and grey and just blah and now I feel like I’m out there skulking around…

    But damn! if we score those hot tix…what a blast. It’ll be somewhat like a festi. The entire town all to ourselves. Possibly bumping into Mike at one of the bars….eating southwest foods, drinking cold ones in the sun, getting blasted off three beers……dang! The sun is starting to peek through again. Good luck all!

  15. marcoesq Says:

    I hear you Palmer, I’m just saying that I got some decent tix in fall lottery and them some real shit tickets in the same order for philly.

    I’m just saying that personally, I’m not attending a single show this year on the lawn so I’m going to be particular in what tickets I get

  16. sumodie Says:

    ugh! todays write-up is worth at least 2 xanax, and thats just before noon

    think ill offer 2 cows instead of 1 to the PTBM gods at tomorrows ritual sacrifice

  17. marcoesq Says:

    Commencing 18th birthday show in 3,2,1….

  18. willowed Says:

    Telluride ticket goers.
    It’s simple. Make a fake ID. Fly to T-Ride. Make a purchase!

  19. willowed Says:

    If it were only that simple

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    The lawn at SPAC last year terrified me. I have no intention of being there. If i score lawns this year, i’ll dump them on friends that couldn’t care less and work on pavs. Did the same last year, worked fairly easy. 2 shows this year @ SPAC, i’m not concerned.

    Plus, the wife is coming to one of them. The lawn is out of the quetion for her. Claustrophobia and Phish shows don’t mix.

  21. pagesidehighschool Says:

    there has been a lot of lawn hating going on the last few days. and i’m here to say, fuck the pavilion! i don’t care if it rains, i need to get down, in the mud if need be. what’s the worst thing that can happen, a new pair of nikes the next day, sign me up!

  22. marcoesq Says:

    Sounds like a plan, Palmer. The lawn at MPP is well documented as being awful, it’s huge and the sound is non-existent

    Being on the lawn at MPP is like being at a big party where someone happens to be playing Phish on the stereo in the background

  23. Matso Says:

    What’s the issue with lawns? I know pavilions are closer and sheltered in case of rain, but I saw shows in ’98 and ’99 where the atmosphere on the lawn was better than what I experienced in some of the pavilions (eg. I had 12th row for 8.6.98, but we were way off to the side, so it was actually quite an awkward angle – I would have probably preferred to be in the center of the lawn, right up against the barrier, in all honesty).

  24. pagesidehighschool Says:

    besides, if i wanted to see four ugly guys from vermont, i can drive 30 minutes to the ct river and see some cow farmers doin work!

  25. llamalee Says:

    miner, what a slap of reality. i just lost all confidence in landing a telluride ticket

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