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

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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. Marshall Says:

    I agree with whoever said that for the price of T-ride, you could see half the rest of tour. But I do get the specialness of seeing them in the mtns and the issues for westerners not getting many shows. If I lived in the western 11, I’d want to be there.

  2. marcoesq Says:

    Phish should have an essay contest to give out tix for Telluride if they’re going to be this hard to get

  3. albert walker Says:

    A lot of cats I know are expecting a grand for the passes

    Phish tour and Colorado are trustie central

    Much smaller than Hampton or rr which I agree were not that hard of tickets

  4. cal Says:

    Morning all!

    lw–Thanks for that link, haven’t heard that before.

    I like Neemor’s take on lawn vs. pav, but I’ve rarely had pav; just like to be with my crew, and it’s impossible to get everyone together anywhere but lawn. Just the way we’ve always done it, never know who’s coming from what state until the last minute. Meet at the tree, let’s party.

    One of these I’ll make it a point to get really sweet seats for me and my girl, but the freedom and camaraderie on the lawn kicks ass.

  5. flarrdogg Says:

    I thinks Blossom lawn sounds great. That whole place sounds great to my hometown biased ears. The big perk about Blossom lawn is that it may allow you to witness a naked guy running across the distance of the pavilion lip during Highway To Hell- a al 1995. BTB?

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    When and if I get stubbed down I usualy do not end up at some seats (unless my peeps have room), but rather dance in the trench with the basswalkers. I just like to be near the loud.

  7. She Divides Says:

    love the essay contest idea!! I think the BB would have a high percentage of winners!

  8. zzyzx Says:

    Expecting and getting are different things.

    Redrocks wasn’t that much larger than Tride and it’s a half hour from a major airport…

  9. Marshall Says:

    Amphitheater shows with girl = lawn
    Amphitheater shows without girl = pavillion

  10. butter Says:

    hampton’s were 400 and there where 3 nights of supply

    st louis was, well in st louis and not the rocky mountains and was 400 for one night, i will give you that there was a smaller supply of tix for st louis, but come on…..what would you want to see Telluride or st. louis

    these examples above of 400/tix x 2 = 800

    and i am not talking about any sort of deal, just an easy to grab, out there broker price

  11. Marshall Says:

    When are we supposed to get lottery reply emails?

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    @CHUCK D sorry its at the thirty mintue mark, but i highly recommend the peice the play from veritgo before johnny gets interviewed.

  13. marcoesq Says:

    So I just got off the phone with a client from Ten Mile road in Michigan. Isn’t that where slim shady lived? I hate eminem

  14. marcoesq Says:


    They’ll put a hold on our bank accounts this weekend, they say

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    eminem was 8 mile

    @stir it
    hang on. I’m confirming something with my burble-loving friend on the cleanser front.

  16. Marshall Says:

    Eight Mile in Detroit.

  17. gratefulcub Says:

    First listen to the Horseshoe Curve (thanks lala)

    So, what is the connection between “Olivia” and “Simple Twist Up Dave”?

  18. Marshall Says:

    Eight Mile is the northern boundary line for city of Detroit. Watched a really cool documentary on future of transportation in America (i.e., light rail, re-urbanization, etc.) and they used Detroit as the study (it was probably the most affected city in the nation by America’s love affair of the automobile and related flight to less-crowded suburbs, which is ironic because it practically killed the “motor-city.”)

  19. albert walker Says:

    Subtract out the local tix and it is about 60% of rr

    I hope you are right man
    Just planning for the worst

    If passes are 500 id be shocked

  20. flarrdogg Says:

    In my experience, the best way to get ‘the tough ticket’ is to never for one second doubt that you’re gonna get ‘the tough ticket’. This approach has never failed me.

  21. zzyzx Says:

    I think the plan for people within driving distance will probably be to wait. Making last second T-ride plans will be VERY hard so there might be a market collapse a week out.

  22. zzyzx Says:

    “Subtract out the local tix and it is about 60% of rr”

    7500/9000 is 60%? Must be the new math!

  23. cal Says:

    Glad you deadheads are pleased with Jay Lane’s departure; I’m just thrilled because there will be more Primus! Jay fits with Les like no other. Those early Frog Brigade tours smoked.

  24. albert walker Says:

    Doesn’t rr hold 12000

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    My mind is currently being blown by this Stash.

    Moring folks!

    @LW…from yesterday, the southern Appalachains are a great summer destination. They’re not tall and majestic like the Rockies, but are grizzled, worn, and sublime…a very darkly beautiful mountain landscape. There are scads of opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, biking, etc, etc…the outdoors are fully covered, with a couple National Parks and forests and a bunch of smaller state parks. Check the NC state parks website for more information ( ). There are also some neat little mountain towns scattered around that are worth checking out. I drove thru Smoky Mtn Nat. Park last summer on my way from Asheville show to Knoxville, it was a really nice drive. A few things to keep in mind…the wooly adelgid is wreaking havoc on the hemlock population so large swaths of what should be green is now rust colored, and more importantly, portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed due to rockslides and fallen trees (portions will probably remain closed all year). Check out the National Park Service website for closing and detour information…they operate the parkway. Enjoy your time down here!

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