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.




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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. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    A VERY admirable meatstick/mound ratio at this Veneta show

  2. ChefBradford Says:

    I’m not super-familiar with Drive-By Truckers’ material, but I do enjoy their music.

  3. ChefBradford Says:

    Two cd’s I heard my first night in college, new roommate, new dorm, the works: Pink Floyd’s Meddle, and disc two of Phish’s Jazz Fest show, starting with 2001, ending with filler from a couple of other shows

    First live Phish I ever heard

  4. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Me too ,Chef. The stuff i’ve heard i really liked (Truckers). I’ve also heard they are a great live band as well. Never seen them.

  5. Foul_Domain Says:

    My first lve Phish: A Live One (in college)

    My new friend played Harry Hood for me. I couldnt believe my ears. That week, I picked up every Phish CD that I could get my hands on. It was love at first listen. Never looked back.

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    Palmer, I’ve heard the same about their live performances. I think they’re playing a somewhere reasonably nearby soon, one of my friends said something about getting tickets recently.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    mailorder is ridiculously expensive….2 tix to greek and telly = 564

  8. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Wow, everyone seems to have been turned on to Phish by some sudden instance – at a show or hearing a CD for the first time. I got into them gradually, and initially I didn’t find their music to be terribly appealing. Similar thing happened to me with the Dead.

    I know that the first few times I heard Phish it confused the hell out of me. I don’t know how people can just instantly “get” YEM with all the different parts. Took me a while to see the distinct movements and understand where they were going.

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    yeah Miner- i did 5 shows too. same amount.

  10. ChefBradford Says:

    I came into Phish gradually, too, over the course of about a year and a half. I can’t remember when I really got IT, although it may have been when I started taking the backroads home from work so I could listen to Divided Sky once or twice 8)

  11. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I just watched the Oregon Dark Star video with my headphones on and it blew my mind. What a great video. I love the little wook kid that keeps running around the band. There is a moment in that video what I have no idea what was on the screen, but it was unbelievably beautiful and for some reason I thought it was the Arc. Jerry is feeeeeling it. Billy is on a questionable outfit situation.

  12. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Ok all this talk of that 8/27/72 show has me needing the download. has only streaming, of course.

    Does someone out there have the link to an easy DL?

  13. cal Says:

    Evening, folks! Not sure what all the hate is about molly, I know it comes up a lot, just never got around to wondering. I understand it gets old, but it’s pretty easy to ignore when you’re concentrating on the show, isn’t it? Is it some kind of image thing, or has it shadied the drug scene, or…?

    Besides, if you have a dancers section, aren’t all the mollyheads going to flock to it? I know plenty of people who barely move UNLESS they’re rolling.

    People who act like idiots on drugs are liable to act like idiots whatever drug they’re on, n’est-ce pas?

    Miner–won’t Ticketbastard end up being more expensive? And shit, $50 a ticket is nuthin these days, compared with any other act I know of that can attract a Phish-size crowd. Actually, question: what does Furthur charge for a ticket?

  14. verno329 Says:

    I could definitely run someone a copy of the 8/27/72 Veneta show on dvd, especially if they could run off copies for a few other folks. It’s the same footage as on the clips posted earlier. Really interesting stuff. Let me know if someone would be willing to do that

  15. Weekapaug Says:

    @ Cal
    Well put my friend. Molly makes some people chat, other than that, what’s the problem?

    Ticket price is the least of my worries when it comes to saving enough money for tour.

  16. cal Says:

    Ramblin–I had the instant turn-on, listening to Rift nonstop while bedridden for many hours. But in no way did I GET Phish at that point. I’d say it took at least until my third show before I even began to grasp the shit.

    First show: confused is an understatement. Terrified is more like it.

  17. Foul_Domain Says:

    Personally, I dont care if everyone around me is on E at a show, but its just not for me. I just think that I could flip a couple and go see lady gaga, and I would still have a great time. I like to go to a PH show with a clear enough mind to be able to differentiate between good and bad. From my experience with E, the subjective criticism might as well go down the toilet before you even take your seat. Of course, thats just my take on it.

  18. Carl Says:

    Dotd has always been my fav of 99!

  19. Foul_Domain Says:

    “I just think that I could flip a couple and go see lady gaga, and I would still have a great time.”

    ^ In hindsight, maybe Im overestimating the effects of this drug.”


  20. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    so in about 12 hours i have to speak to a coworker of the BB poster named Dr Pronoia, so that i can make up a psychological problem i’m having in order to make an appointmen with him.

    since they don’t know he goes by Dr. Pronoia, i might just use pronoia as my “problem” and subtle way of letting him know it’s me?. i also mentioned that a friend recommended him. i guess i’ll name that friend Harold Hood

    Dr. P if you’re reading tn, help me out here!

  21. kayatosh Says:

    re. molly mdma — stay away unless you’re ok with jerking off your brain and nervous system and doing irreparable damage to your personal juice. you are releasing an unnatural flood of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. ever wonder why you feel drained for days after taking the oft considered benign molly or e? aw’s right, the stuff’s trouble.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    From my experience with E, the subjective criticism might as well go down the toilet before you even take your seat. Of course, thats just my take on it.

    ^ very astute…this is a fact. This is the crux of the drug – predictability. You know how you are gonna feel and you know you are gonna have a good time and you know there isn’t gonna be any challeneges…thats kind of what its like when youre sober/puffing….anyhow, I dont care whos on what as long as they are quiet. The “problem” with E and people who dont really care about the music is that they will talk all night. (or until i ask them to move somehwere else)…bottom line Phish is intentionally made for L. Ever look at the Farmhouse era logo upside down?

  23. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I too would love a link for this 72 show, it is heat. The Playing in the Band is just unreal.

    I would love this on DVD.

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    i used to have the analog of that show….havent heard it since..Veneta 72

  25. kayatosh Says:

    e makes ya stupid. puts you on autopilot and reduces your ability to discriminate.

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