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. marcoesq Says:

    This Halleys is some dark funk

  2. marcoesq Says:

    @Matso et all

    I could care less about where I am as long as the sound is good. Sure, a lot of places have nice lawns with great sound, most don’t. I’m jjust saying that personally, if I’m gonna be dropping money on these shows I want to have the best sounding experience possible

  3. pagesidehighschool Says:

    the problem with most places is that the sound goes right over the lawn. so if you’re up on the top of the lawn (ie: PSHS) it hits you right in the face. pow right in the kissa!

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Its all about the sound for me. I agree with Marco. I know what they look like already, and it ain’t pretty. Half the time my eyes are closed anyway.

  5. bhizzle Says:

    Honestly, the only lawn seats that I ever dispised are the ones at Darien. I was in there once and it seemed like a dust bowl.

  6. whole tour! Says:

    right on pageside! there is nothing wrong with the lawn in most cases.

    I can just see it now…i score super dank pavillion seats section 113. i go to my seat. the show starts. As soon as the lights go down 50 jackasses who don’t belong in my row show up magically out of thin air. My limited space to dance is now full of people who do not belong there. It is now so cramped that i can’t even lift my arms or move let alone breathe.

    ^ this shot happens more times than not. So even if you get the super heady seats, expect some jack asses to come and gank your space.

    The reply i got in miami when i asked this dude not stand in front of me or my girlfriend in our seats was “Haven’t you even been to a phish show before.” And the answer was yes and the other answer was i still don;t share my space with random dodes who think they can stand infront of you in your row.

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    well, I requested T-ride tickets, anyway.

    If I get one, I’ll have to sell my soul to go, we’ll see….

  8. BTB Says:

    I will create and send out the “BTB Fest” info today. I’ll post it on my BTB Face Melting Blog and through the Facebook group. Trying to think up a stupid poster…

    I’ll be checking out the MPP lawn for the first time this summer, hope they turn up the stereo for me Marqo.

    Darien lawn didn’t sound all that great in 2009…

  9. marcoesq Says:

    I guess it’s all personal preference, obviously there has to be people who prefer lawn or we’d have everyone bum-rushing the stage

    I just want the best sounding experience possible, if thats on the lawn then thats where I’ll be

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I enjoy being up front because it allows me to feel like I am more inside of the music (I think you all know what I mean with that) but invariably we tend to go for space and comfort. I’ll gladly spend my time out on the lawn if it means I don’t have to deal with the 50 dudes who are standing in front of Whole Tour.

    Maybe I’m the sucker for assuming my seat is mine and not everybody else’s and I know I am guilty of more than my fair share of stub downs over the years, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy having my space invaded by the masses.

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Morning spin anyone?

  12. marcoesq Says:

    Hope so too, BTB. I’ll ask Trey to play a little louder for you

  13. Worthless Swampy Fool Says:

    JOTD – Wow. Yes. Nice.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    joining you a little late for 7.13.99 I’m in the Curtain right now so maybe once I get to lawnboy I can catch up…

  15. marcoesq Says:

    Umm, Palmer…my 18th birthday show?? cmon… 🙂

    I’m already knee deep in this Roses so catch up!

  16. marcoesq Says:

    Well I’m gonna go grab a smoke in 5min so you guys will have a chance to ketchup

  17. pagesidehighschool Says:

    mentally preparing for 11/2/98, i wore out this tape in a month when i first got it, and haven’t heard it since, i’m nervous, this is one of my favorites

  18. Matso Says:

    @ marcoesq. –

    Completely agree on the sound front. That said, I didn’t think MPP was that bad. I was on the lawn at 8.8.98, not particularly high up, and the sound was fine (that Sabotage certainly kicked my ass!). From memory, Great Woods sound was also decent in 99 as was Star Lake in 97.

    Worst lawn sound ever: Coventry. Speaker stacks away from the stage were puny (and compared to the awesome sound at Big Cypress and other festies, very, very disappointing).

  19. neemor Says:

    I like lawn and pav.
    Doesn’t matter.

    Two different shows, and I love ’em both.

  20. whole tour! Says:

    ^ the phish portion of 11/02/98 is pretty amazing. Lots of good jams.
    Dark side was cool the first couple times i heard it. Wish they would bring back “great gig.”

  21. willowed Says:

    If you are really desperate. Tell. tickets are on sale on ebay already. 1,500 gets you in.
    Freakin’ monsters!

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I would hang on the lawn with Neemor! No doubt.

  23. HarryHood Says:

    I can hear this 7/13/99 without even turning on the speakers I’ve listened to it so many times……. I’m not sure what happened there that night, but there was just something different about that show. Nice summer day, very relaxed atmosphere. Tuesday’s gone was such a nice cap to a great show on a Tuesday night. The encore ended and I was left standing there trying to collect my thoughts and all I kept saying was, “Fuck I love this band!”

  24. marcoesq Says:

    You’re right Matso, I’ve seen all 4 “headlining” Phish shows at MPP and this past year’s was definitely the worst sounding one of them all

    Because even if I’m rocking the pavilion at a show, I still bounce around to the lawn to see some peeps so I’m always getting a taste of the other side

    And yeah, that Sabotage kicked my ass too

  25. pagesidehighschool Says:

    the only show i’ve ever sat in my seat was the night before the dloth. i sat there until the show started (page side first section), then moved in front of whole tour in the front row! Ha!

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