Bipolar Junction

Thursday, November 13, 2008 | |

After battling with Ticketmaster.com for twenty minutes or so, I am the owner of two highly coveted tickets to see Bon Iver @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I can't remember the last time I put forth this amount of effort into acquiring concert tickets (or swearing at a web interface for that matter). Admittedly, when such a struggle ends well the buyer's high is almost as satisfying as the show itself. This event also sparked an interesting conversation with a more senior engineer at work. Back in his youth, during the infancy of the internets show tickets were sold the day of the event. Concert-goers would have to wait in line at the nearest ticketmaster outlet, which was usually one per city. However, it was not desirable to have kids waiting overnight to hold a place in line, so a random-ass bracelet system was invoked. Numbered bracelets would be given out the day before the show to guarantee a place in line. Then prior to the show bracelet numbers would be called at random and you could receive your ticket. All that waiting in line just to get to the bingo table. I thought it was interesting anyway. Enjoy some equally random tunes below.


Back When No One Else Did

3 comments:

Mimi said...

When did this battle take place? When I checked yesterday afternoon, the show was definitely sold out. Thankfully, I got tickets right when they went on sale at noon. I'm so stoked, I can't wait for this show.

citizen analog said...

I was there at noon as well, trying to get two tickets and having no luck. With quite a few more pings I was able to get one after 10 minutes or so, then the second after another 10-15 minutes. Agreed this is going to be a good one.

paul said...

Justin Vernon the Bon Iver dude at his concert in Fargo let the audience know that at one time he played the NDSU battle of the Bands....

small world eh?

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