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. ColonelJoy Says:

    One thing I noticed about Gary Brown’s mixing this fall was that he has a much smaller sweet spot than Paul did….with Gary you need to be nearer center stage…and this is either in front or behind the board…If you are in this spot it sounds nearly as good as Paul’s mix…but not as warm, imo….if you are on the side you will get plenty of Trey, but the rest is a little mushy…even the highs, and there is little low end punch…

    With Paul, in most venues you could here everything almost anywhere you sat, unless you got jammed in a bad nook or under a balcony or something…

    Remember AW…you are no yuppie…just a Lipstick Wook

  2. Aquaman Says:

    @ Molly Haters

    Why is everyone wreckin’ my “candy flip” buzz??

    There I said….I like the flip. Best of both worlds.

    And I know all you freaks would be with me if I had raw materials.


  3. BingosBrother Says:

    My Toyota tix last year literally said “Dance Section” apropos what section I was in. Needless to say, I was pretty…pretty….pretty….fackin pumped!

    And like C said, dancing is infectious. Usually by the end of the show I will catch at least a few rookies bitin my style. Love it.

  4. ColonelJoy Says:

    A Paco link for you…easily best Flamenco player of all time…

  5. ColonelJoy Says:

    I prefer puking in a portajohn during Lizards over dancing….just kidding

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:


  7. albert walker Says:

    Joy in the house

    I’m a wook in sheeps clothing

  8. albert walker Says:

    Video is funny as shit Mr p

  9. jdub Says:

    @Miner, that is a bit invasive. A peeping Tom of sorts. Glad it didn’t trip you up too much.

    Dancing is a good way claim your space indeed. Close your eyes and start moving, people get generally get the picture and move so they stop getting bumped into. Nothing crazy, just within your reasonable claim to space. This applies mostly to general admission when things get cramped. When unwanted wanderers pack their way into our seats some real freaky moves with intense focus usually scares them away.

    I hear the music best when my eyes are closed and my body is on autopilot. No distractions and the music plays you. The chi really can get flowing nicely throughout the body, creating physical energy tracers that spiral into and out of consciousness. No expectations or thought for that matter. Peak phish, for me MSG had a lot of that. That is why I go.

  10. ColonelJoy Says:

    Don’t Miss this tour!! Pat Metheny is in Europe with his “Machine”….it is unlike anything you have ever seen….check this vid….Man is out of control!!! Tour hits the states shortly….

  11. Luther Justice Says:

    I start off the show w/my arms out and turn in a circle until i clear a space (much like Wonder Woman in the 80s TV show). It works like a charm.

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    This is one of the funnier days on the BB, for sure!

  13. kayatosh Says:

    @miner: “and fwiw, ever since shoreline ‘98, The Way i Feel’s bassline worked itself into most YEMs at one point or another.” did not know that. cool. ok i’ll give that crosseyed another chance. got a little to upper register agro for me. i much prefer the vibe of this 12/31 sand.

  14. jdub Says:

    Aqua, I would flip again, only at a festival with properly prescribed ingredients. The right mix can do wonders for opening you up real wide. It’s been years for me, sinking into a couch as some Big Bud trancy D n B took me down some wonderful vortexs filled with amazing patterns. I don’t want to be on my back but a taste would be nice.

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I find that when I wear my big shit kicker boots, spike-studded vest, and pinhead mask, I usually get all of the dancing space I could want around me. but that’s only if I don’t really feel like putting on a costume for the show.

  16. Leo Weaver Says:

    well yeah, that Sand’s pretty damn dope too @kaya…a top 2 or 3 Sand right there if not THE Sand…that one and the Gorge Sand – mmmmm

    @LJ…llfa at the image of Mr. T in a Wonder Woman outfit in full spinner mode

  17. Leo Weaver Says:

    hmmm…so THAT was YOU T3…would’ve said hello had I known

  18. jdub Says:

    Metal fans make no mistake about it. They’ll just start pushing you, I wouldn’t know wether they want to dance with me or get me out of their space.

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    Why is everyone wreckin’ my “candy flip” buzz??

    There I said….I like the flip. Best of both worlds.

    And I know all you freaks would be with me if I had raw materials.

    ^ noones knocking you. I feel that mdma waters down the intesity of lsd, something I’m never looking for. To each their own, but within the past year, I can’t coun’t the number of “dips” I’ve said no to.

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    Afternoon, all

    anyone get the email from Mockingbird foundation about the glowsticks?

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    Cyps Sand is THE sand…. (IMO)

    but the Cyps Roses was the moment of the show, as the grey night turned into the dawn of the new millennium dotted with pink, puffy clouds. If you were there, you’ll never forget that sunrise….

  22. Chuck D Says:

    post it silly,

    environmental hazard?

  23. kayatosh Says:

    Thanks, leo et al. for the 12/31/99 input. my first time really listening/digesting this landmark show, at least in its digital form. during this era of phish, they build to these furious wall of sound, ambient peaks. interesting. these recordings too, make it a must. thanks again, el dude for the heads up.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    Sorry, Chuck D, don’t know what i was thinking:

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    “you’ll never forget that sunrise”

    ^ain’t it the truth

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