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. Leo Weaver Says:

    From the showsticks link: “…or to serve some other purpose on tour.”

    Gotta love it

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    repost since it was the bottom of the page:

    seems like a win-win. Money for music for kids and glowsticks that won’t hurt when they hit your head or spill your beer on the cutie in the tie-die skirt whirlin’ away next to you.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    THE sand, huh? I believe it. after the aforementioned white hot peak in sand at the 13-17 min. mark, they pull it back for a funky return to the sand theme, some manteca teases, and transition into quad topplings. oh my! .

  4. Chuck D Says:

    yeah, generally a good thing. money for music for kids is a huge +

    but, i’ve always wondered about the environmental impact… all the wierd chemicals in those things… I know peeps clean em up, but really.

    pretty good price actually for 100 of em.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    Needless to say, I slapped that phone out of his hands quicker than he ever imagined…

    Fickt nicht mit der Minermensch!

    that’s the shit right there

  6. pagesidehighschool Says:

    I was talking with a guy at work today about sweet shows that we’ve seen. He was in school in NYC during the late 70’s and needless to say his list kicked my lists’ ass. Not only did he see the whole dead spring 77 run boston, buffalo, and Cornell! But he also lived a few blocks from cbgb’s! The police, blondie, talking heads, acdc, the cars, Lou reed, the ramones and a special show with the boss all in one month! WTF!

  7. Chuck D Says:

    booo all things boss.

    I’m out. My new vape is waiting for me!

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    pretty much the best 3-fer ever right there if you’re a deadhead

    not gonna top that

    even from 73-74 I can’t think of 3 sequential nights that are all at that level

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    Cypress Sand is #1 that I have heard

    then there are a few clustered right under it incl. the gorge

    that’s the one I go to, though

  10. verno329 Says:

    @Leo you have mail

    re: glowsticks I’ll never forget Al from moe. opening one up and getting it in his eyes on stage at Ziggy’s after the 11/23/97 show at the LJVM. Mid-jam too. Band just kinda tooled around a bit while he had to wash it out of his eyes. Even funnier was the next time they played at Ziggy’s he wore goggles for protection.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    great sand then this amazing quadrophonic topplings. wow! no wonder you dudes love big cyps.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    @chuck D. thumbs up to the vapes, thumbs down to the boss.

  13. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I’m anti-glowsticks. Too dangerous. The rings at least won’t hurt anyone.

  14. pagesidehighschool Says:

    Chuck, I’m not a boss fan either, but a private show in cbgb’s, I’d even hit that up
    and yes mr c, the holiest of holies

  15. SillyWilly Says:


    great story.


    Im listening to 7-20-1998 that Miner posted the other day and I love the way Mike plays John Entwistle’s basslines in the Who songs.

    Is this something that has been talked about before? I’ve always thought of Entwistle as being a great bassist and Mike really nails his licks.

    just a thought I guess.

  16. Leo Weaver Says:

    @verno…thanks, I’ll reply later tonight. Great story BTW…me and my crew were enjoying the other side of some little yellow pills that night and never found Ziggy’s…we wandered for what seemed like hours looking for it. Finally decided we’d never find it so left, heading for Madison NC…should’ve taken us like 30-40 minutes, it took about 2.5 hours. We ended up in the ditch many many times…thankfully our driver was holding the speed steady at about 10-15 mph.

  17. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    I downloaded Big Cypress a while ago and didn’t record any information except that it was “Remastered” which is how I usually labeled stuff back when the Download of the Day had someone specially remastering them. No idea who it was, but I know this “remastering” was done to both Hampton ’97 shows, 12/6/97 Auburn Hills, 12/13/97 Albany, and a few others. Was this ever done on this site for Big Cypress, and if so, would the auds El Dude was linking to be an upgrade?

  18. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Ah, here’s an example of what I’m talking about with remasters:

    Sorry I don’t know how to link. But this Paul Gwynne Smith cat was doing some remasters and I think that’s where I got Big Cypress..

  19. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Link Win!

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    Cypress Sand is #1 that I have heard

    then there are a few clustered right under it incl. the gorge

    that’s the one I go to, though

    ^ Providence 12.13.99 is pretty damn hot

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    December 99 Sands are pretty ballistic

  22. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    ^ Paul Gwynne Smith did that Providence 99 show too

  23. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ^ Providence 12.13.99 is pretty damn hot

    ^^big 1st set Piper i think too. i’m gonna listen to this again. Thanks for bringing it up. Always nice listening to those big ’99 shows.

  24. CushionConvector Says:

    @ Mr. C Das stimmt!!

  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    More underrated year in Phishtory: ’96 or ’99? discuss….

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