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Discussion in 'New England' started by lhteacher, May 13, 2013.

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  1. lhteacher

    lhteacher Jan 20, 2013 Massachusetts

    Not sure if this has been mentioned elsewhere, but Hill Farmstead has updated their events section with details about this year's festival. It looks like they have significant changes in store for ticketing, looks interesting.
     
  2. blckout20

    blckout20 May 24, 2012 Connecticut
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    Tickets are looking to be $100.
     
  3. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Lol wat? Where did you hear that?
     
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  4. makdeco

    makdeco Jan 31, 2007 Illinois
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    only 200 people should be a nice time but with 1/2 tickets being sold in person should be a better chance for locals...
     
  5. lhteacher

    lhteacher Jan 20, 2013 Massachusetts

    This was the part that caught my attention. Will it be the first 25 in line? That scenario sounds fraught with unintended consequence. It says more info is coming...
     
  6. blckout20

    blckout20 May 24, 2012 Connecticut
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    I had emailed them a week or two ago inquiring about details and was told that the expected ticket price will be $100.
     
  7. franklinn

    franklinn May 29, 2012 Vermont

    I heard it from the staff last time I was up there. It wasn't "Yeah, tickets are going to be $100 this time" but "Tickets will probably be more like $100 this time"
     
  8. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Why is it so different from previous years?
     
  9. franklinn

    franklinn May 29, 2012 Vermont

    Probably for the same reason Saturdays are so different from previous years. Farmhouse fest is super small, and they're going to be busting out some ridiculous stuff, I'm sure. I'd imagine a part of it is also trying to manage demand, especially seeing as both sessions for the anniversary party sold out in minutes. They might also be trying to establish a distinct difference between this one and the other parties.

    All of this is speculation on my part, but those are my thoughts on it.
     
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  10. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    well, the website says "all inclusive - glass, beer, music, camping". don't they typically a. charge you for glass if you don't bring your own and b. charge you for camping? or do they not charge for camping? i have not been to a HF fest before.
     
  11. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    I was thinking the same. I'm interested in hearing the final details.
     
  12. Sejordan2

    Sejordan2 Aug 16, 2011 Vermont
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    This is by far my favorite HF event. I am glad they have made the decision to keep it a small gathering. I just hope I am lucky enough to score a pair of tickets!
     
  13. StylzMC

    StylzMC Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    I love that they're selling half of the tickets at the brewery. Nice job by them.
     
  14. BeerCosmonaut

    BeerCosmonaut Dec 13, 2010 Vermont

    In the past you had to buy a glass if you did not come with one and camping was an optional charge. I would assume that was a logistical PITA so to simplify things they're now included in the price of ticket
     
  15. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    Wow - that's a shock in the $$ department! But...when I think of fests that I have spent equal or even more than that, and had a much lower-quality experience, it makes it still feel worth it to me.
     
  16. bahnfire

    bahnfire Jan 17, 2011 Vermont
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    Yeah, at $100 per ticket they will have no problem selling all 200 of them. I also appreciate giving locals a better shot by offering some at the brewery.
     
  17. hopspine

    hopspine Feb 28, 2012 Colorado

    Seems like they did a good job of listening to comments and making adjustments after the HF Anniversary ticket sales. Hope I can score a ticket though.....
     
  18. GuisseppeFranco

    GuisseppeFranco Nov 7, 2010 New York
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    Good thing for Collected Works. :-D
     
  19. bahnfire

    bahnfire Jan 17, 2011 Vermont
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    I'm curious when further details are going to be available on this. Their website says tickets go on sale this Sunday (June 2nd), but no pricing or new details have been posted. Anyone in the loop know anything?
     
  20. blckout20

    blckout20 May 24, 2012 Connecticut
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    $100, camping, beers, and music.

    What else is there?
     
  21. bahnfire

    bahnfire Jan 17, 2011 Vermont
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    To my knowledge they haven't officially announced ticket prices. I would consider the $100 to be a rumor at this point even though I understand it to be a pretty reliable source, I'm just looking for confirmation. In regards to any other details I'd be interested in, their website says it best:

    "Stay tuned for ticketing info, pricing, draft/bottle lineup, and so forth..."

    I'm not looking for a minute by minute timeline of events, just the same sort of details that were posted about the 3rd anniversary party before those tickets went on sale. I am going to do my best to get my hands on a ticket even without any further info, but I'm just curious by nature.
     
  22. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Sep 5, 2010 Vermont

    Wondering how the new registration lottery system will work for online sales. We're moving to Vermont in early August, reeeeaaaaally hoping to score tickets. Would be a stellar first event as new residents.
     
  23. blckout20

    blckout20 May 24, 2012 Connecticut
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    On the website it appears dates have been pushed back...

    Online lottery system tickets on sale June 9th

    25 Tickets for sale at the brewery each day June 12, 13, 14, 15.
     
  24. rozzom

    rozzom Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Now the dates for ticket sales have been updated to 'TBA'.
     
  25. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Sep 5, 2010 Vermont

    How does the FoFA compare to their other fests in terms of demand for tickets? It's HF, so I can only imagine that the demand is sky high. But is it as popular as say the anniversary party?
     
  26. franklinn

    franklinn May 29, 2012 Vermont

    Higher, or at least with the smaller amount of tickets available, demand will outweigh supply even more than usual.
     
  27. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Sep 5, 2010 Vermont

    Yeah, that's what I figured.
     
  28. Number45forever

    Number45forever Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
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    Tickets online will sell out in roughly 30 seconds. The best bet will be to hit the on-site ticket release, whenever that is. Sad that I can't make it to this one...this Festival will be special.
     
  29. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Sep 5, 2010 Vermont

    Website is saying that there is going to be a lottery for online ticket sales...don't know what I prefer: frantically hitting refresh until the onsale time and finding a jammed page that won't reload, or leisurely registering for a lottery and chewing my nails until the email comes through letting me know if I've won. Have had success and failures both ways in the past for various concerts and whathaveyou. Too bad I have to sell my house here before relocating to VT, or I'd be up there next week. Unfortunately, looking like its going to be more like August before the move.
     
  30. blckout20

    blckout20 May 24, 2012 Connecticut
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    These unannounced pushback are getting to be a bit frustrating.
     
  31. Osyrus

    Osyrus Jun 4, 2013 New York

    I would anticipate the on-site tickets turning into a lottery as well.
     
  32. franklinn

    franklinn May 29, 2012 Vermont


    You're right, they should put a date up, then announce that they're going to push it back, and then push it back after that. In your professional opinion, how much advanced notice should they give about pushing dates back before they actually do? Two weeks notice good? A month?
     
  33. blckout20

    blckout20 May 24, 2012 Connecticut
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    According to the recent update, this is also the case.
     
  34. blckout20

    blckout20 May 24, 2012 Connecticut
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    More like some explanation for pushing the ticket sales date back twice...or is that too much to ask?
     
  35. franklinn

    franklinn May 29, 2012 Vermont

    Read between the lines: These days, almost everything they do is done to manage the demand vs supply issue. It's pretty obvious they've been thinking long and hard about how they're going to handle the ticketing to this event, and it's pretty likely they pushed it back to implement a new idea. As for the previous push back, I bet they didn't want to deal with that along with the pushed back bottle release

    If you're so upset about the date being pushed back, don't worry about it and live your life without going to the festival. The rest of us will appreciate the higher odds of getting a ticket, and those that get one will have a blast :)
     
  36. ILOVESTOUTS

    ILOVESTOUTS Apr 13, 2006 Connecticut
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    I'm not clear why any explanation is owed. Hill Farmstead runs their business as they see fit, and I do not see their business model failing anytime soon.
    Create superior product, manage supply, increase demand... Profit?

    As someone who took off June 5 to head up for Farmhouse Fest tix and didn't get the opportunity to buy, I'm not upset. In return, I got the opportunity to purchase 2 limited release bottles. This couldn't have been a coincident.

    Best of luck with Farmhouse tix, I will be in the hunt with you.
     
  37. StylzMC

    StylzMC Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    I'd like to see HF not say a word or give a hint about anything until they have it all figured out. Bottle release prices, dates, ticket sale days, membership numbers.. I don't think they need to tell me why they make the changes.. But how bout sticking to something for once?
     
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  38. grassrootsVT

    grassrootsVT May 10, 2005 Vermont

    Because just when you think you have it all figured out... and the requests for "more information" become more frequent... You're right. We never stick to anything around here... especially Wednesday through Saturday 12pm to 5pm.
    Are you for hire? We're looking to hire someone to organize all of these events/releases/etc and assume responsibility for the failure and/or success ;)
     
  39. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Sep 5, 2010 Vermont


    Shaun, I think that ILOVESTOUTS represents more of the general attitude better in his above post! By the way, will volunteer for beer...
     
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  40. Kuemmelbrau

    Kuemmelbrau Aug 2, 2008 Louisiana

    Yeah, all these "day of" changes are aggravating. I'm pretty sure an event organizer should know AT LEAST one day before things are supposed to roll that they aren't going too. A good business practice would be to inform your customers.
     
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