Coachella's always had the snazzy box though, and Sasquatch has always come in a crappy manila envelope. At least mine always have. I don't see what the big deal is, tbh.
I don't care how my wristband is delivered to me. The comparison was just to point out that Livenation (or Frontgate or whoever) makes an obvious point at the end of the transaction that we have to pay for this extra special express shipping, but it's pretty clearly just another cash crab. Those envelopes could have been shipped to everyone in time for the festival for under $5 each.
There are certainly some good acts in there, but Macklemore and Death Cab occupying two top spots absolutely nauseates me. How many times do Washington music festivals have to rehash these two headliners?
Oh, and sunset is technically 8:45 at the end of May there, but I think it falls behind the hills a good 20 minutes before that. I'll always specifically remember it setting right when Vampire Weekend took the stage in 2010, and that set started at 8:30
In context it was hilarious. He specifically made the joke to get under my skin (which it almost did), and we sat together drinking beers laughing about it as other people took the bait. CONTEXT, FOX. CONTEXT.
We paid $92 after fees for the nosebleeds. I'm talking top balcony, row U. A friend of mine told me that after the first 15 minutes of presale the only available tickets were $180. This is insane. The Paramount is nice but it ain't that nice. Kraftwerk was $65 and I was front row. In 2010 Sufjan was $30.
Last time Sigur Ros were in town (not-Sasquatch) they played at Benaroya fucking Hall and it was $30-$40.
Facebook has that stupid "On this Day" feature I keep clicking on and I found a conversation from a few years ago arguing about how $175 was a little steep for Sasquatch. Now it's $350 and neither of those prices include camping, and the lineups are remarkably worse.
I don't pretend to know what's happening to the live music industry and general economics mystifies me but this kind of insane price gouging is driving me further and further away from wanting to be a part of the scene in any way.
I'll yell you what, I'm sure glad I'm an adult with an adult paycheck these days, because if these universal price hikes for live music were happening 5-10 years ago (or if I was 5-10 years younger) I'd be priced right out of most of the events I currently enjoy.