In a post on the progressive bluegrass/jam band’s website, TSCI explained that in 2003 the group filed a lawsuit in federal court against Ticketmaster because they wanted to sell a large amount of tickets directly to fans while keeping the service fees “as reasonable as possible.” The issue was resolved and the band continued selling tickets as they had been doing.
“Fast forward to today and pay attention … this is the exciting part …The String Cheese Incident is proud to announce that we have figured out a way to finally achieve the ultimate goal with this whole ticketing exercise … The Summer Tour of 2012 will be SERVICE CHARGE FREE. That’s right … if you order tix thru the band’s website there will be no service charge add-ons aside from shipping (which is out of our hands) … the ticket price that is listed is the price that you will pay.
“The band is going to cover the credit card fee … the band is going to cover the cost to take the orders and fulfill the tickets … the cost of a $49.95 ticket to Red Rocks will cost you $49.95 … the cost of a $49.95 ticket to the Greek will cost you $49.95 … a $239 ticket to Horning’s will be $49.95 … just kidding, it will actually be $239 … that’s it … super simple. We’ve got a big batch of tix to sell but the supply is not limitless ... get ‘em while you can.”
The tour begins with three nights in Morrison, Colo., at Red Rocks Amphitheatre July 5-7.
Stops on the route include Park City, Utah, at Deer Valley Amphitheater July 10; Flagstaff, Ariz., at the Pepsi Amphitheater July 12; Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre July 13; Berkeley, Calif., at the Greek Theatre July 14-15; and North Plains, Ore., at Horning’s Hideout July 20-22.
The service fee-free tickets go on sale next Tuesday, March 6 at 10 a.m. MDT via the band’s website. The public on-sale begins March 10 at 10 a.m. MDT at Ticketmaster.com.
For more information, visit StringCheeseIncident.com.