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. zzyzx Says:

    And yes I’m back to being pissed over this as my Plans B-F now might have all fallen through. A change in job situations means Telluride might be the only shows my wife would be able to go to all year.. thanks again Phish for deciding to play only tiny venues in the entire western half of the country.

  2. butterflyeffect Says:

    @Zzyzx – I doubt it was designed to do that, but it certainly may have that effect.

    I don’t think I can go $1k for T’Ride. $500 is probably my limit, and that might not be enough. Come on lotto!

  3. lastwaltzer Says:

    @aw do you have the fred wesley and the jbs album “Damn Right I’m somebody”? Stuff is golden.

    Just informed my boss about taking time off, hopefully this goes well I can get my ticket request in.

  4. Aquaman Says:


    DJ stuff, eh?

    So, my wife and I spent our honeymoon in Ibiza. We were lucky enough to have seen the opening of the season party at Pacha shortly after it had been purchased by Paul Oakenfold. He spun a magic set of epic proportion.

    Possibly looking forward to checking out David Guetta on April 3rd. He is coming to Chicago.

    All that said I am headed to your mediafire right now.


  5. jdub Says:

    AW, I like your style. I have to agree with that one. All of a sudden you’ve got some sweaty stranger bumping into your well planned space. If you’re going to stub down atleast find your own space and not someonelses.

    It is going to be interesting to see how this ticket season pans out. The best way I know how to approach it is with a big mind and big heart. The conspiracy is everybody wins and it will work out the way it should. Going lottery for all the shows I plan on attending as well as the Greek and TRide with the purpose of distribution here. Everything will work out just fine because we get to see phish in 2010.

  6. marcoesq Says:

    Paul Oakenfold IN Ibiza?? Holy moley that must’ve been phenomenal

    That’s like seeing Phish in Burlington, VT. Except in a vaca destination with much nice weather, beautiful women, exotic locale and food

    So wait, it’s nothing like what I said

    Must find me some live Oakenfold to listen to now this am

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “just keep the bane handy and the quick-system-cleanser even handier!”

    As someone who has been looking for a new gig for 18 months, any cleansers better than others. I like to be prepared.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    nice, aqua. ibiza has long been on my list of places to go party.

    just to prepare you, this cut chemist stuff is far far removed from what oakenfold does. heavy on samples from old, rare 45s with lots of funny clips from instructional records and what not. some of these samples made it into J5 stuff and some are part of the collective DJ consciousness that permeates a lot of hip hop and electronic music.

  9. marcoesq Says:

    Cut Chemist is the shit, too

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    looks like jay lane is leaving furthur, hopefully this means more MOLO

  11. flarrdogg Says:

    No problem. I’ll just somehow lay my hands on a San Miguel County current utility bill or pay stub to prove residency. I got this.
    In all seriousness, I have people there and was gonna have them snatch my tix when they became available to locals, but this whole writing the person’s name on the wristband bullshit provides a new challenge.

    ***flarrdogg puts on his thinking cap***

  12. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    can i get someones input on te best cleaners, have an interview next week and have been trying to figure this out for a few weeks now….PLEASE….

  13. Halden Says:

    Anyone know if I put in for 4 tickets in the lottery and only need 2 can I claim 2 when the confirmation comes?

  14. Chuck D Says:

    you get whatever they give you.

  15. marcoesq Says:

    ^No. It’s all or nothing

  16. albert walker Says:

    Yeah Lw

    I have original pressings of all the Fred wesley stuff
    Cat can play that bone

  17. butter Says:

    “$500 for a two day Telluride anyone?
    I know people who already are willing to buck up that amount.”

    of course people would be willing to pay that cuz that would be a steal

    double that guaranteed, its simple supply demand economics

    “It should be an interesting post on-sale marketplace, as scalpers will have as hard of a time snagging these as anyone;”

    somehow, someway scalpers always seem to end up with a surprising if not shocking amount of tix

    they have the whole internet/phone order thing dialed…we don’t

  18. BTB Says:

    RE: stub downs

    Only appropriate when there are clearly vacant seats. Not cool to crash peoples space – that is annoying.

    I stubbed 2 down at Cinci b/c we had vacancies on the foor in section 5. Plenty of room.

  19. Marshall Says:

    Here’s the real difficult “stub down” problem:

    before the show starts the “cool cats” with ticket stubs for the seats next to yours share their stash with you and you get to be friendly. Then, the lights go down and all of a sudden five of their friends have been stubbed into theirs and YOUR section.


  20. halcyon Says:

    Out for the day….off to breakfast, then Torrey Pines for some hiking, followed by some Thai food, and evening jazz

    Re: Ibiza….MMW played at a jazz festival there a few years ago, and a friend who lives in Barcelona had the opportunity to interview them for a Barcelona weekly entertainment guide…John Medeski couldn’t ship one of this rigs out there (it would of took too long), and they had to search the whole of Europe to find a similar organ. Turned out they found one in a Rural church in the Czech Republic and it took 2 weeks to deliver it to Ibiza.

  21. marcoesq Says:

    My other post might have been confusing, you can simply cancel the order once it’s presented to you. You cant pick and choose what they give you

  22. Kaveh Says:

    @lastwaltzer. Yep, back to Primus for him. While I really like Jay’s drumming; Molo is another gear all together. That would be great to see that happen. But from what I read, Further is just going to stick with the one drummer; who’s name escapes me right now, but isn’t Molo.

  23. She Divides Says:

    hey all!
    I’ve been getting crushed at work–day #9 of this work week 🙁 –so haven’t been checking here much.

    JOTD Stash is Awesome! I hadn’t heard that one yet!

    Tickets: I’m planning to enter the lotto for: Hershey, SPAC, Merriweather, Telluride, and Jones Beach. Originally I didn’t think I could make telluride, but if we magically win tickets it’s definitely worth it to try and make it happen, and of course it wouldn’t be hard to get rid of extras here if the travel couldn’t be worked out.

  24. Chuck D Says:

    To anyone listening to the Jonny Greenwood thing:

    When does Doghouse come on? Its a three hour show with music by a bunch of other people too…

  25. zzyzx Says:

    ““$500 for a two day Telluride anyone?
    I know people who already are willing to buck up that amount.”

    of course people would be willing to pay that cuz that would be a steal

    double that guaranteed, its simple supply demand economics”

    Hampton’s weren’t reliably going for $500 a ticket. The Fox Theatre – a MUCH smaller venue – weren’t going for that. And those venues were much easier to get to than Telluride. These are going to be hard tickets, but $1000/2 nights hard in this economy with the price that just staying in Telluride will cost? I can’t see that.

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