I’m wondering, why is Homegrown punishing Trampled by Turtles fans by making them pay an extra $20 to get in? Isn’t having to wait in line for 24+ hours going to be bad enough?
It's pretty straightforward: You need a weeklong wristband to attend the TBT show (which also features Equal Xchange and Father Hennepin; and Gallus, Legitimit and Charity Huot & the Summit Hill Band upstairs afterward for free). It does not cost an extra $20. Weeklong wristbands cost $25 and give you access to 170+ acts over 8 days — or buy one, get 169 free, if you want.
Better question yet: Is there a bigger venue that can hold TBT?
That's a good point. Maybe if they can pack Amsoil then the other bands could get a sweet bonus! (Ha.)
I'm not on the committee anymore, but what I'm told is that the week-long wristband requirement exists to give dedicated local music fans a better chance to see Trampled by Turtles than bandwagon fans. Last year a lot of people were not able to get into the TBT show, including people who bought a week-long wristband, while some people got in for five bucks.
There will probably still be people with week-long wristbands who don't get in this year due to capacity issues, but they'll have a better shot at it.
The page dedicated to the show says that it will be first come, first served and that there will be tickets available at the door. So this doesn't actually do anything to deter bandwagoneers. I'm also wondering if this policy was in place before or after all the recent hoopla.
I suppose this could be seen as a way to get people who would otherwise skip the rest of Homegrown to stick around and see what's up (yay!), but it feels more like they are taking advantage of one band's popularity at the expense of fans (boo). It feels a little weird to me when Homegrown seem to be more about inclusiveness, yet they are changing the rules for this one gig. Have there been other Homesgrown where one show has had a higher price?
I would say Homegrown isn't punishing Turtles fans but rewarding local music fans with a Trampled by Turtles show that will in no doubt sell out way before show time.
If you only care about Trampled by Turtles, tickets are $25. If you care about local music, week-long passes are $25.
The way I see it, you can think of it two ways:
Pay $25 and get a pass to hundreds of live music acts throughout the Twin Ports.
Or, pay $25 to see Tramples by Turtles and then get free passes to hundreds of live music acts through out the Twin Ports.
The week-long pass is Homegrown's way of saying you like the Turtles? Check these other bands out for free while at the same time allowing local music fans a little better of shot to see the Turtles play a sold out show.
My suggestion is pay $25 and casually see some local shows on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and then strap it on at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon fill up on pizza and don't stop dancing until Sunday morning.
The decision was made back in March that only week-long pass holders would get into the TBT show. It's only been known for about three days that TBT would be on Letterman.
Never been to your fest, but these seem to be GOOD problems to have and to be working on.
The average price for a ticket on TBT's current tour is $25. I don't understand the plaint. Do you expect a hometown discount?
So what do we think is a realistic time to bunker down at the Clyde?
(Sigh) ... I do commend aforementioned hoser on his pretzel logic and seething pessimism; I felt compelled to do a long, hard facepalm after reading this thread. This guy is from outta town, eh?
I'm paying the $25 for Freddy, and happy Equal Xchange is included at the Clyde = best show at that venue.
@Stephenos: Sadly, no.
I think Homegrown should consider making conspiracy theories a tradition every year. "Mark Gartman plays every act!" "TBT tickets cost $100!"
Gartman will be employing a hologram so that his bands can play simultaneously in different venues.
Homegrown festival now has a uniform - all bands must dress like the Ween album cover.
Damn .. and Tangier 57 was planning to wear jumpsuits ... *Change of wardrobe guys!*
Mark Gartman is actually Coolio.
$25 is a fair price for the single night alone. Getting seven more nights with it is an amazing deal. Nobody is forcing anyone to do anything. It's just the fact that the biggest crowd wants to see TBT. The added bonus is getting to see them with home field advantage.
Right, $25 is normally a fair price for such a huge act. But it's not like TbT is going to be making any more money off this...all HG bands get $50. If people want to get an all inclusive pass, then great. If they just wanted to pay the $5 for a single day, great. But (in essence) forcing a dramatic price change for one show in a festival that's otherwise all about the community and broader local music awareness seems a bit cynical to me.
I like BadCat!'s Ween idea. The underboobs will pair well with our luchador masks.
Heard that when Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's plan to ban beer, cheese & venison jerky statewide goes through on April 29th, the mass exodus of thirsty Wisconian refugees to the Lincoln Park area may potentially cause lines for the show to back up three days plus. Oofda!
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