Not a fan of country, but 3-day tickets were $199 and as far as I know it is the only country festival in the region. Compare that with $350 + fees + camping for Sasquatch, along with all the other competing festivals, and it makes a little bit more sense.
This isn't the first year that Sasquatch has charged for general camping. I don't think it was until 2011 or 2012 that general camping became part of the festival ticket purchase price. As far as how it will work, it will work like it had in years past except in addition to handing the gate attendant a camping pass (which is just a separate printed ticket) you and up to five additional persons in your vehicle will also have to show a festival wristband. Back in the early years you were allowed to enter the campgrounds even if you weren't actually attending the musical component of the festival. Requiring campers to be actual festival attendees may be an attempt at limiting the amount of Phish Heads harassing people to buy shitty glass and veggie burritos.
I feel like festival wristbands aren't going to be checked well enough, and you are going to get more people just there to sell shit and steal. I have pretty much stuck to prego camping for the last few years, but I was under the impression that the all inclusive ticket actually cleaned up some of this stuff. No matter what they say as an excuse, they are definitely cashing in on this.
I do think it's interesting to note that out of every top billed artist at the fest, he has the least amount of albums released by a large margin. The only act that comes close is Mumford (but their debut was about a thousand times bigger than Section.80, if we're counting S.80). I love the guy and I know he's got more than enough material (i.e. big features, new tracks) to fill out a long set, but this is nuts to me.
This is how pop stardom works, and how artists are perceived by the blind masses. It's more about popularity, than talent or content. At least in this case the artist in question very talented. It's kind of crazy he is at the top of the lineup, but he has those couple of songs that everybody knows, and when people look at the poster they will see and recognize that name.
I am still clueless about Mumford, wouldn't recognize them by appearance, and sure as hell wouldn't recognize a song by them. It is safe to say many people I know would be even more clueless.
Last Edit: Feb 8, 2015 13:32:28 GMT -8 by Cysquatch