While browsing our page this morning, I came across a post that I’d like to share. The post is by Chris Stubbs, a long-time Shambhala pre-show volunteer with the Rock Pit crew, and an avid festival goer. He works hard throughout the year…and plays really hard in the summer. Just the way it should be. In light of yesterday’s online sell-out, he’s got some advice for those of you who still need tickets.
Friends and Farmily,
Shambhala’s 7500 online tickets sold out last nite after a mere 17 days of being onsale.
This is unprecedented and far far beyond anyone’s expectations.
I know many of you missed the boat and are feeling disapponted and desperate right now. This is understandable.
There are another 2000 tickets that will be distributed in small batches to stores throughout BC and AB in the coming weeks. These will sell out in minutes, but there is still hope for those of you dedicated enough to make it to the front of those line ups when they happen.
But for the rest of you, and that’s who this message is directed to, you may be willing at this panicked moment to do or pay whatever the cost just to secure a ticket. But I implore you DO NOT SUPPORT SCALPERS.
Some people will be selling tickets for $500 and up. This behavior is NOT acceptable and should not be supported. If no one buys tickets at outrageous prices, then these fucks who are attempting to turn more of a profit than the organizers who dedicate their entire year to make this event happen, will be forced to drop their prices.
My advice is to hold out. Just wait. Many of the tickets, I feel were bought in haste and as show time draws nearer, some people will discover they can not attend after all, and those tickets will become available for purchase.
I noticed also this year that many face value tickets emerged closer to the show after a period of panic and extreme scalping took place when the show sold out in May.
Most of the people that attend our beautiful gathering in the woods realize that selling tickets to turn a massive profit goes against the very essence of what Shambhala is and what it stands for. The group of people that want to do that is quite small and if they are shunned and ridiculed for their deplorable behavior, then perhaps we can decrease that number.
I know we will never, in a capitalist society, be rid of scalpers, but at least we can make sure that they only make $50 or $100 profit rather than the cost of another ticket or more (!!).
One more thing, if you do buy a secondhand ticket, DO NOT do so though the mail, ensure you don’t get scammed by meeting them in person and examining the ticket before purchasing.
I wish you all luck and send my love your way in hopes you get what you want.
If I could buy 100 tickets and give them out for free I would.
See you on the dance floor!!