2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Tickets To Go On Sale December 6th, 2013

Part of me doesn’t like brining attention, and thus possibly increased demand, to what I believe has become a little bit of a runaway freight train on several different counts.   While it’s nice to be able to be immersed in the music and conversations with friends at the Telluride Music Festival – distracted for a moment from the competitive atmosphere which has permeated the festival in recent years – the days leading up to the festival and other circumstantial factors have clearly become akin to “making sausages” and the “politics of making laws”.    The end result might be palatable, but you don’t want to be a witness to either.

If I could tell you all that I know, it’d burn off both your little ears.  However, I won’t start with heresay or rumors2 … rather what is grounded in fact.  According to the TBF website on 11/15/2013, costs for the following items are as follows:

4-day festival passes: $205

Single Day Tickets: $70

I believe last year they may have been $195 and $65 … which would equate to a 5% and 7% increase (respectively).  I want to say the ticket prices from 2012 may have made  similar jump, and likewise at a similar rate from the prior year.

All during the great recession.

What was the average rate of inflation and when was the last time you earned 5-7% on your savings account?

Or, to put it another way, when was the last time you earned 5-7% annually on a revenue stream derived from the direct utilization of a limited public resource?  This could be placed in even stricter terms in so far as exclusivity of use of said resource during THE most desireable time period (which is also extremely limited on the calendar)?

It is always important to keep in mind, the exclusive ultilization of the public municipal resource (Telluride Town Park) by a private interest necessarily precludes free and unfettered use of Town Park by residents and visitors alike.

During the summer of 2013, TBF apparently assumed control of the revenue streams derived from the sale of beer – which had historically been controlled by KOTO – the not for profit Telluride community supported radio station.

There has been talk on the TBF message board about selling premium space at a higher rate, or some sort of VIP seating arrangement … although it has been very vague.

Within the past two years, the sale of single day tickets have been unprecendented in a few of respects:  released before the full lineup was announced and the bundling of single days into 4-day sets (at the combined single day rate) which has a number of effects.