I was one of the smart ones who bought my tickets the day they went on sale. All of you complaining about not getting tickets should have done the same. That being said, Goldenvoice should makes gigantic steps in preventing the scalpers from getting any tickets next year.
Compared to previous years, the past few years it seems like the fest has been run by amateurs. There has been a scalper situation, the huge lines and overcrowding of tents last year due to the huge crowds (75,000 is just way too many people). To me, and I could be wrong here, but it seems like there are some easy steps in avoiding these problems in the future.
1) Maximum capacity should be 60-65,000. Unless you plan on spreading the festival out and making more space, that's it.
2) Bundle all camping passes with 3 day passes through your ticketing agency. This should be a no brainer. If you are camping you must have a 3 day pass. If you can bundle shuttle passes with 3 day passes you should easily be able to do the same with camping passes.
3) Take a cue from Glastonbury. Coachella is now a fest that will just sell out. It doesn't matter anymore who is playing, the fest is now something that people will just do to do. I have a feeling Goldenvoice has some sort of contract with Ticketmaster unfortunately, but if they don't they need to find a independent ticketing agency and start having those who plan on going to Coachella register with their site, submit a photo, and have their picture printed on the ticket the exact same way Glastonbury does it. It is worth the money that Goldenvoice would have to spend to keep the true music fans coming to the fest. This prevents any sort of scalping whatsoever, and it prevents Coachella from becoming just another over-saturated, commercial festival. There is no reason why the person who bought the ticket shouldn't be the one attending the fest.
http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.u...11-ticket-infoEvery person who intends to purchase a ticket must have a valid registration number. You can register online at www.glastonburyregistration.co.uk or visit www.seetickets.com/see/getglas.asp, to check whether you have an existing valid registration. Each ticket will feature the photograph of the registered ticket holder and will be non-transferable. Security checks will be carried out to ensure that only the person in the photograph will be admitted to the Festival.
One question to ask is does Goldenvoice want to even stop the scalpers from buying tickets? Goldenvoice did sell all of their tickets and make money off of that, so does it matter to them who actually bought the ticket? I'd like to think yes, but it doesn't seem like any steps have been made by Goldenvoice to prevent scalpers from getting the tickets this year.
If someone only wants to go to a day or two of the fest and hey have to buy a 3 day pass, that is their problem. But if someone wants to go all three days and is stuck paying double or triple the cost, some of the blame must be put on Goldenvoice for not making the proper steps to prevent the scalping of tickets. Keep the people who made Coachella what it is today happy. Someone else pointed out that if people do have to spend hundreds of dollars more on camping passes and festival passes it will hurt the sales of merch, food, and other sources of income for the fest.
What I'm saying isn't anything new or that insightful but hopefully we could have a thread where there could be a mature conversation about our beloved fest and hopefully Goldenvoice will take actions to prevent this sort of thing from happening again. I know that seems like a lot to ask on these boards.
Now someone post a "FAIL" pic or a tiny violin and make a smart-ass comment.