TELLURIDE – Locals-only tickets for the upcoming Phish shows in Town Park this summer will go on sale at the Sheridan Opera House box office and Telluride Music Co. at noon on Friday, April 2.
Anyone contemplating trying to score those tickets for scads of faraway friends or, gasp, resale, might want to give it some more thought, though. No paper tickets directly exchangeable for entry will be sold.
In an attempt to ensure that the 1,500 tickets per night being set aside for locals really do go to their intended recipients, they will be available only on a “Will Call” basis and only to those who can demonstrate proof of local residence, according to Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Craig Ferguson, who is co-producing the August 9 and 10, 6:30 p.m. shows (doors at 5:30 p.m.) confirmed by the popular jam band last week.
San Miguel County residents may purchase tickets on behalf of friends and family who are also from San Miguel County with proof of the ticket beneficiaries’ county residency, however no one may purchase more than a maximum of two tickets per show.
Tickets are $55 each for anyone age 5 and older, cash only. No credit cards, no checks. Children ages 4 and under enter free with a paying adult.
No phone or online orders will be accepted and ticket sellers may not reserve tickets.
The process should work something like this: Purchasers will need to present documentation such as a current driver’s license proving San Miguel County residency at a sales venue in order to purchase access to the concerts.
For those who don’t have an up-to-date drivers license or who are purchasing a ticket on behalf of another local, other means of proving local residency – not employment – such as a current utility bill, voter registration or lease may also be accepted.
A photo I.D. is not be required to purchase the tickets, however no one will be able to retrieve their wristband at the box office when it opens in August without a photo I.D. that matches the name on the Will Call list.
Similar to the Bluegrass Festival, box office personnel will attach the wristbands to the wearers at that time, Ferguson said.
For non-locals, a limited number of tickets are available through Fri. March 26 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time directly through Phish Tickets’ online ticketing system at http://phish.portals.musictoday.com/.
Those lucky lottery winners will also have an opportunity to purchase camping tickets on a first come first served basis.
According to Ferguson, camping at the Town Park Campground, Telluride High School, and in Lawson Hill has been secured.
“We may try to do Ilium if we need it,” he said, referring to the Mary E. Campground on U.S. Forest Service land in IliumValley, about seven miles from town.
The balance of non-local tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Fri. April 2 at noon Mountain time at www.tickethorse.com or charge by phone at 866/461-6556.
All non-local tickets are available only as part of a two-day ticket entry for both shows and single day tickets may not be purchased.