From what I know, I don't think there are VIP tickets. I might be entirely wrong, but I've never noticed that as an option. I think the best way to guarantee entry to a show is to buy a ticket to it as opposed to getting a wristband. So many people get denied entry to shows even though they have a wristband that I think it's not even close to worth buying one.
What is ticketing like for MFNW? I think somebody mentioned that you can get single show tickets to insure entry before. Are there VIP tickets to get ahead of the lines?
Yes, you can buy tickets to some of the shows you want to see, especially at the Roseland and Crystal Ballroom (not at Dante's). A hard ticket guarantees you entrance, as does a VIP pass. They try to keep venue capacity short of actual capacity so VIPs and ticket holders can wander in at their leisure. The wristbands used to be really cheap ($40 or so), so there can be really long lines at certain locations (holy shit that Vampire Weekend line in 2010). Wednesday usually kicks off the festival at the Crystal Ballroom with very little competing acts, so having a ticket or VIP that night is nearly required unless you want to show up three hours early.
There are venues you need to cab back and forth to, but if you stay anywhere near the Roseland, 75% of the venues are within a fifteen minute walk.
Now I do feel a little stupid. I was looking all over the Upcoming Shows thread for a response and it was answered a couple posts above my re-post in this thread. I thought most of the posts above that were old news, so didn't even backtrack that far.
Thank you for the feedback Wonk. That was exactly the kind of well informed response I was looking for. I wouldn't block you bro.
$335.50 for a VIP pass. If that doesn't get me a lap dance by the lead singer of the Joy Formidable, I don't see the benefit. If I went to every show I could possibly attend all six days, I would be lucky to break $250 in entry fees.