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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    plus, if you are in the pavilion, when trey sings the “1,000 barefoot children outside dancing on my lawn” line in DWD it just isn’t the same.

    folks on the lawn always go nuts for that one.

    “Dude, he’s talking about US! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Yeah, Trey!!! You’re my BOY!”

  2. HarryHood Says:

    “I would hang on the lawn with Neemor!”

    ^ You may regret saying this after you wake up in an abandoned pool

  3. HarryHood Says:

    Per Robear: Buy lawn seats and just walk into the pavillion. Backwards.

  4. ohhphee Says:


    That DOTD show was on my 29TH birthday. I didn’t realize it ’til I read your post. Cancers UNITE! llfa!

    Wish I could spin it right now, but work awaits.

  5. bhizzle Says:

    The beauty of pav tix are that you can go to anywhere for the most part which is key if I’m taking hallucinegins. For some reason I cannot stayed parked in one spot.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    sorry, my acronym detector must be on the fritz this morning. what is “dloth”?

    how’s the job search going? any luck yet?

  7. Mitch Says:

    I wonder how many tix the lottery even has.

    Just hopping in, did we talk to Neemor about Neemsbane. shirts?

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    Do you guys ever feel like it’s better just to never have tickets?

    “Welp, I got this T-ride ticket. Since, I’ve already been this lucky I have to go. Looks like I better go to the Blood Bank for gas money. I have work that week, might as tell my boss that my non-existant older brother was in a car accident and in critical condition. Hmmm, my girl is worried that I won’t have any money to spend visiting her. Guess, I’ll have to break up with her. But, fuck yeah, Im going to see Phish at Telluride.”

  9. CushionConvector Says:

    @ marcoesq- the sound at MPP last year was horrific at best on the lawn, second set was a little better (esp. since I parked myself in front of the stacks pageside).

    At the time I didn’t think the 46 days was anything special, after listening to the sbd I certainly felt differently…

  10. Mitch Says:

    dloth = download of the harryhood

  11. pagesidehighschool Says:

    neemor, maybe i was a little harsh yesterday with bisco. but i did love that band for a minute and was just very disappointed. it would be like phish coming to play at your high school in 1990, and you’re like, “hey you guys rock, i love your new stuff, are your gonna play Bathtub Gin tonight?” phish, “no”. neemor, “Ok how about Run like an Antelope?” phish, “no, we already have our setlist planned out.” and then they went ahead and played an hour long version of jennifer dances

  12. albert walker Says:

    There are a few lawns with good sound like deer creek
    Others like alpine are unlistenable
    Even at creek you need to be in the front

    The lawn is so chatty
    No one cares about the music

    My pavillion seat is my seat
    Have not lost one of those battles yet
    A little dancing with some flying elbows usually works

    Fuck some little phishie gettin stubbed down
    Very little patience for that shit

    I have 10 orders in
    I could see paying a grand for a tride pass if I had to
    Can’t take it with you

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    Yea, I say to you, and peace be with you…Verily, It is harder for a rich man to get into Telluride than a camel to pass through the eye of a needle…

  14. marcoesq Says:


    Exactly, I’m glad I’m not the only person that felt that way about 46 Days

    The next day everyone was blowing up after listening to that and all I could remember was wishing they would’ve segued into another song quicker because it just sounded like some distant ambient noise

    After listening though, wow, I’m glad I reconsidered bc it definitely was one of the summer ’09 highlights

  15. Panda Says:

    How many of you including you Miner will pay for Telluride tix through the secondary market.

    I estimate 50% of the tickets will be sold on this crap-shot.

    $500 for a two day Telluride anyone?

    I know people who already are willing to buck up that amount.

    No way we are going to beat the compu-bots!

  16. Josephish Says:

    good morning. Telluride would be fun. only doing chicago, ohio, deercreek,alpine. fingers crossed for the lottery(first experince with lottery). seemed pretty easy.

  17. whole tour! Says:

    for the cost of one telluride show you can see over half the rest of the tour…

  18. Panda Says:

    “I have 10 orders in
    I could see paying a grand for a tride pass if I had to
    Can’t take it with you”

    WEAK A Walker, palin old greedy IMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    man, that’s a nice transition from Halley’s into Roses. smooove…

  20. halcyon Says:

    Morning everyone….

    Peaceful day here out in San Diego. It is so beneficial to get out of town and enjoy a few days with friends. The article this a.m. is making Telluride tix difficult for even Colorado people no less out of towners who want to go to the show.

    I am thinking of not even trying for them online, and just driving to Denver to one of their outlets to try for tickets, or even drive to their headquarters to try for them there.

  21. albert walker Says:

    I’d go a grand for a pass
    Nothing more

  22. Josephish Says:

    Albert Walker:Fuck some little phishie gettin stubbed down
    Very little patience for that shit

    Wut does that even mean

  23. whole tour! Says:

    ^ goes back to the 50 random dudes showing up in your row and trying to gank your space.

  24. Josephish Says:

    oh thank you kind sir

  25. albert walker Says:

    Why not
    To teach scalpers a lesson
    Some moral code

    Fuck that
    I’m an ex Colorado kid and I’m seeing the boys in the mountains

    Like I said
    Can’t take it with you

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