Brace yourselves and get your clicking fingers in shape because it's time again for Outside Lands early-bird or Eager Beaver, as they call them passes to go on sale this week, ahead of the announcement of the lineup. Those discounted three-day passes, which last year sold out in less than a day, are going for $355 a pop, up from $325 last year and they'll be on sale here Thursday, March 30, at 10 a.m. PT. The festival happens August 11 to 13 in Golden Gate Park.
VIP tickets are $765 for early birds, and for those who've been back in the VIP area, this is generally just good for nicer bathroom access, and a tent with couches where you can lounge. Food and beverage options have tended to be no more special, nor that much easier to get, in the VIP area versus general admission, but it is a nice break from roaming for miles amongst the crowds. Also, the VIP viewing area by the main stage is a nice perk.
In 2016, the full lineup was announced one week after the Eager Beaver sale, and three-day passes jumped up in price by another $30, so you can expect something similar to happen next week. Single-day tickets won't go on sale for another month or so, and the entire festival has been selling out for the last six years last year it happened by late June.
If you're one of those people who (maybe wisely) doesn't like buying tickets for things without knowing who's on the bill, you can see this set of predictions from last week which sound largely plausible. (And, based on touring schedules, predictors last year were right about three of the big headliners, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, and Lana Del Rey).
And this is happening just about 24 hours after the annual mad online rush for Burning Man tickets, which go on sale Wednesday, March 29, at 12 noon Pacific time something you can only take advantage of if you already registered last week. Those going to both, then, are looking at spending $780 for their August 2017 entertainment, and that's without travel or food expenses.