Burning Man sells 30,000 tickets in 30 minutes
Tickets for Burning Man 2016 went on sale yesterday at noon PDT, and within a 30 minute span, the main sale allotment of 30,000 tickets was completely sold out. Individual tickets went for $390 apiece, while 10,000 vehicle passes were purchased for $80.
A “lottery” system was used to make the purchasing of tickets more fair for those who want to attend the festival. Attendees had to pre-register on Burning Man’s site; once registered, accounts were assigned a random spot in the queue, helping to mitigate factors like Internet speed and login times. The aforementioned road blocks did not affect prospective buyers’ chances of winning a ticket so long as they logged on within 20 minutes of the tickets going on sale. Those who joined after the initial 20 minute window were added at the back of the line.
Users were limited to two tickets and one vehicle pass per registered account. Burning Man had previously stated that they had twice as many registered accounts as tickets available, so not all those who signed up were able to purchase tickets.
As always, Burning Man will be held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada at Black Rock City — the pop-up community built by the festival each year. This year’s theme is DaVinci’s Workshop and the Italian Renaissance, a time “when an historic convergence of inspired artistry, technical innovation and enlightened patronage launched Europe out of medievalism and into modernity.”
The festival had also previously put on sale 500 “Leonardo DaVinci art tickets” — a set of pre-sale tickets priced at $1,200, but with no added perks, to help cover the increased costs of building Black Rock City. Burning Man also has approximately 4,000 low income tickets available at $190 for those who apply and meet the festival’s criteria.
Tickets are available for sale on secondary markets but also through the Burning Man’s own Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP). STEP allows attendees to buy and sell tickets securely through Burning Man while avoiding scalpers and scammers.
Keeping with tradition, the festival will be held during the final days of August — starting on August 28 and concluding on Labor Day.