Why do people think they are going to conflict? In the past the Bigfoot closer (not the late night set) had been roughly 9-10 and the main stage headliner has gone on at 10. If you watch all of Tame Impala you could get to the main stage and only miss the first 5-10 minutes of Sigur Ros.
[There's 3 months to the fest and wristbands haven't even been mailed out, so my approach would be to wait until closer.
Since you are only paying ~$50 over face I am going to assume you are going the craigslist route. As ky said no one has wristbands yet, so do not give anyone any money. They might try some deposit BS but there's always the chance you will never see them again.
Once wristbands get mailed out I'm sure lots of people will post pictures and descriptions on here, so make sure you have an idea of what the thing actually looks and feels like before handing over hundreds of dollars. There is a pretty good chance there will be some kind of serial number on the RFID tag, so it's worth a shot to call ticketmaster with that number and see if they can verify it that way.
With a purchase like this I would consider asking the person to see their address on some ID or something along those lines. It seems a bit weird, but if you get all the way to the Gorge and find out you got something fake then you can go to their house and break their shins. Seriously though if they are super weird about giving you any way of finding them after the fest then I'd be a bit suspicious.
I've been seeing this guy's name everywhere the last month or two. I had never heard of him previous to seeing him open for Japandroids in December (which is weird since he lives in Vancouver) and was totally blown away by his performance. I almost thought he was going to steal the show from Japandroids until they came on and I realized that's probably not possible.
Secondary market ticket prices have fluctuated from year to year in the $300 to $350 range. 2012 Sasquatch tickets sold for an average of $321, only $6 above the face value price of $315. Looking at the chart below, you can see the obvious trend that ticket prices drop as the event draws closer. Even though tickets sold out for the last two festivals, tickets on the secondary market became a lot more affordable for those most patient, and even sold well below face value. There is nearly a $200 price difference between tickets purchased in February opposed to May.
2012 looks a lot different because it didn't sell out until March or something. 2011 is a much closer model as to what is happening this year.
There is nearly a $200 price difference between tickets purchased in February opposed to May.
In 2011 tickets sold out pretty fast (though not in a day) and everyone went nuts and paid hundreds over asking. Then, as the fest got closer prices slowly went down to the point where people were selling them for face value or in some cases even less.
And because everyone loves proof here are what coachella ticket prices on stubhub looked like last year. Note how they just keep getting lower and lower and eventually some people got tickets for less than face value.
Wonk is right though, no one knows for sure what will happen. All we can do is look at the past and make educated guesses.
I like Osheaga but after going last year, it got a little too big for it's britches for me. The lineups to do/get anything (food, water, bathrooms etc) are fucking atrocious and since they moved stages over to the other side of the park across the road, there are some annoying bottlenecks and it takes a long time to move from stage to stage.
That's shitty to hear. I went in 2010 and thought it was fantastic, but it does seem to be getting bigger every year.
There's still a good chance I'll go this year since I have a friend in Montreal and don't have any other vacation planned this year.