Burning Man Main Sale tickets went on sale yesterday.
At $425 plus taxes and fees, they’re no small potatoes.
They sold out in THIRTY MINUTES.
Most of my friends trying to buy tickets in the Main Sale did not get a ticket.
I got a DGS ticket (Directed Group Sale).
I am a part of a camp that is provides essential interactivity at Burning Man therefore I get access to buy two of 70,000 or so tickets set aside for the purpose of bringing people to Burning Man who work and provide the incredible interactivity it’s known for.
Can you imagine if the tickets were sold to a majority of people who just want to show up and party?
There’d be no infrastructure or interactivity to make Burning Man what it is – a community experiment in art, music, and interactivity in the Nevada desert for one week out of the year.
I bought two DGS tickets in the sale.
My extra ticket is reserved for The Swede, who might be coming to Burning Man this year.
What a lucky guy, eh?
To have someone grandfather you in with a DGS ticket on your first burn?
I got my first Burning Man ticket by SHEER LUCK in 2015.
I managed to snag one in the Main Sale during the 45 minutes or so that they were on sale.
I sat in my tiny basement office on campus and watched the clock countdown to noon and the SECOND it hit noon, I clicked the “Buy” link.
The rest is history.
Of course, DGS tickets come with strings attached.
Because they’re associated with a theme camp, there is a requirement that you provide a certain number of hours to setting up and tearing down the theme camp as well as providing manpower for interactivity where it is required.
So The Swede and I will have to do more than just show up and have a good time.
We’ll have to work.
But is it really work when you’re in the world’s best playground, with a community of creative people, creating memories to last a lifetime?
I think not!