Burning Man festival organisers have detailed price hikes across two of its four ticket categories for the 2020 event, as well as acknowledging other changes following 2019’s ticketing debacle.
The event in the Nevada desert, which is scheduled to run between August 30 and September 7, has indicted that the cost of main sale tickets and directed group sale tickets will increase by $50 from last year to $475.
The main sale sells the most tickets and the directed group sale includes those who are “key contributors to Black Rock City (theme and mutant vehicle camps, art collectives, and core teams).” Organisers point to the annual increasing costs of building a “fully functioning temporary city in the desert” as the reason behind the hikes.
The festival at Black Rock City has also opted to increase vehicle passes to a $140 – a $100 rise from last year – to encourage car-pooling and use of the Burner Express.
Low-Income tickets will remain $210 each, and FOMO tickets will remain $1,400 each.
Organisers said in a statement: “There’s no perfect solution for an event where demand for access far outpaces availability of tickets, but we do our best to create a fair system that ensures a wide variety of people are able to participate in Black Rock City each year.”
In 2019, Burning Man’s ticketing partner ShowClix apologised for “frustrating people trying to purchase tickets” during the festival’s main sale, during which 23,000 tickets were made available to the public.
Many people encountered several types of errors whilst trying to purchase tickets due to the high demand.
The Burning Man organisers said they have done “a thorough review of what happened and have taken steps to ensure this year goes more smoothly.”
Organisers said: “Our ticketing and technology teams have been hard at work exploring ways to ensure the stability of our systems and the efficiency and accountability of our fulfilment process, and to make the ticket-buying process less stressful and more equitable. We are giving careful consideration of what to change and what not to change to lessen risk and improve outcomes.”
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