News: Monolith two-day passes going cheapBy Ricardo Baca | September 3rd, 2009 | No Comments »
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, seen here playing the Sasquatch Music Festival earlier this summer, will headline the first night of the Monolith Festival at Red Rocks next weekend. Photo by Joe McCabe.
The good news: Fans get more for their money. The festival just announced that $99 will buy fans a two-day pass, saving them more than $50. Day-of prices will be $65 per day, organizers say, and the $99 pass is being sold sans fees.
The bad news: It’s no secret Monolith had a difficult first couple years. This year is a big one for the festival, which needs to show bigger numbers to prove its relevance. The word on the street: Monolith tickets are selling well. But if they’re selling well, why slash ticket prices this close to the event?
Regardless, the festival — with headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Mars Volta — will start in nine days. The schedule is up, and it looks solid. (Kudos to the promoters for acknowledging that two of their stages — the Radius Earphones Stage and the WOXY.com Stage — have severely limited capacities for a mid-scale festival. That has been frustrating to many over the last two years, and it’s honorable to own up to your limitations in advance.) More good news: Gigbot is offering a custom schedule builder, and it’s already bookmarked over here at the Reverb offices.
If you’re not already planning on carpooling, do it. And we’ll see you there. We’ll be reviewing both days of Monolith and Tweeting like madmen — MADMEN, I tell you. So follow us here, and check back to Reverb often.
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Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post. He is also the executive director of the Underground Music Showcase, Colorado’s premier festival of local music. Follow his whimsies at Twitter, his live music habit at Gigbot and his iTunes addictions at Last.fm.