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. Mr.Palmer Says:

    @gd- I plan on getting down with you in camden. Shooting for friday night.

    Neemor- you are the man!

  2. neemor Says:

    Seriously, did she think I was going to choose trim?
    How cute…she thought she knew me, figured she’d ‘test the waters!’

    Find some other schmuck, honey buns…

    “You like me, right?”
    “Uh huh.”
    “This is a big part of me. Like it or be gone…”

  3. neemor Says:

    The lonely man.
    But I have you guys, right?

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    I’m still looking for the same fun I had at shows at 17. Last year I got it. Cannot wait to see them get in it again in 2010.

  5. butter Says:

    who do these clucks think they are these days anyway?

  6. butter Says:

    it took me all day to absorb the “dance floor” idea


  7. neemor Says:

    If anyone has a spare half-hour to spend….
    Great stuff from Spike Jonze:
    3part short film…

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    Damn, do you guys remember on gd tour when kids would rent a uhaul and do tour in that?

    yeah, I remember when that really started happening. Thought they were idiots honestly. No offense if that was any of you.

    The pranksters have been going to put that out on DVD for years. Wish they would.

    The “Sunshine Daydream” video circulates openly online on all the usual DVD trading sites. It isn’t the whole show, and skips several of what I consider to be the obvious highlights, but it does have the Dark Star (not all of it on video) and tons of other classic moments.

    However the people that have the rights to the film do not have the rights to the music (the band and Rhino have those of course). Negotiations to officially release some version of it have been underway for some time, and without getting into details I can say with absolute certainty that no one can blame this one on the band members or Rhino.

    I think it will eventually happen. Hopefully they will release the whole show, or at least much more of it than has ever circulated under the “Sunshine Daydream” title.

    It is well worth seeking out for any fans of peak era Dead, or for that matter, fans of tripped out 60s style spun-out freaks in top form.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    again, note that the Veneta 72 Sunshine Daydream DVDs don’t have some of the best stuff, but still well worth seeing

    A VERY admirable meatstick/mound ratio at this Veneta show

    Always true in Eugene. That’s what makes the town so special, IMO: tons of highly evolved women.

    If you get a good reputation among the core group, it’s the best place to be a hippie guy in the whole world. By far.

    Or so it was, anyway.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    my first Phish was Junta in the living room of my friend Jimmy that passed away a couple weeks ago, in summer of 1989…post east coast tour, pre greek…

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    If I’m still fully operational after the Dark Star I may follow it with that Ghost.

    that’s a serious fucking two-fer right there

  12. AintNoTele Says:

    What did Miner mean about the farmhouse era logo upside down and doses? I really want to see this but can’t find what he is referring to

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    the scripty version of “PHiSH” from the farmhouse disk…flip it…plausibly “LSD’d” or something similar

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    P.S. : Veneta Bird Song.

    The Schneezy.

    if you’re in a spacy mood, possibly the finest ever, really

    ymmv, but…

  15. ChefBradford Says:

    Mr C- I’m getting ready to re-read Illuminatus!

    Any suggestions for similar reading material?

  16. AintNoTele Says:

    That works…

  17. butter Says:

    i forgot all about kids doing shows in u-hauls

    my wife just informed me she did a few shows in one, but was moving

    she is not offended C

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    Hey, Robear

    Just saw your post from last night about doing the last 4 of Leg 1. I really hope everything works out, so you can make that run. It’d be great to meet you.

    Thank you very much for getting me hooked up with WW. I haven’t been telling some of my Chicago friends that I’ll be at the show because I want to be focused and ready to go for WW. haha. seriously…

    I have some friends in Atlanta and Im sure I can find some cheap flights in.

    my only problem is my gf’s family always has a big party on July 4. im already pushing my luck on some of the runs im going to make, so I’ll have to work on her.

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    butter, I clicked on your name. Nice pics, man! Wook down, indeed!

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    my wife just informed me she did a few shows in one, but was moving

    well, that’s different then isn’t it


    there’s not much that’s really like Illuminatus!

    Schrodinger’s Cat, also by RAW, is well worth a read. In many ways, a better book, really. RAW has a lot of other books, and most of them have something of merit to say, though they are often cloaked in silliness and tomfoolery.

    Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed is a paranoid conspiracy masterpiece, from a revolutionary black perspective. Not really psychedelic, but a very great book, and usually eye opening for white folks.

    Illuminatus! is often compared to Gravity’s Rainbow, and there are a lot of legitimate parallels, but GR is a much weightier and more difficult read by far. However it is a true work of genius.

  21. butter Says:

    ^she did have a mattress in the back tho, lol

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    Gravity’s Rainbow rings a pretty heavy bell, almost clangs it. I’ll see if I can dig up Mumbo Jumbo, and RAW’s other works. Schrodinger’s Cat, as in the cat that may be either alive or dead? Cool

    Thanks for the recs

  23. butter Says:

    but yes it is different and i didn’t marry into the “wrecking crew”

    btw….fast eddy was at Phil’s 70th

  24. butter Says:

    thanks Chef

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    @butter: fast ed got me a ticket for GD boston garden 91. crazy shit. his bro Rack is FB friends with some of my crew which is think is highly bizarre.

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