Registration is this week for those highly sought-after Burning Man tickets, but new changes for 2019 intend to make pay-to-play camps bite the dust.
Do not fall for the terribly unclever ”Google bought Burning Man” hoax article that is making the rounds this April Fool’s Day, for that is mere April 1 prankery. But we do have have real Burning Man news, all from reliable sources and not dated April 1. Burning Man ticket registration begins this week, the prerequisite warmup to next Wednesday’s Burning Man ticket sale that often frustrates Burners by selling out in 30 minutes while scalpers and bots have at times gamed the system. Not so this year if organizers have their way, as KGO reports that the Burning Man ticket sale structure is changing to in an attempt to be even more radically inclusive.
This is part of the so-called “course correction” that the annual Black Rock Desert art bacchanal has called attention to, which involved disinviting one super fancy-camp (who had reportedly been charging up to $100,000 for an air-conditioned prefab two-bedroom unit on the playa), and issuing stern warnings to about twelve others they felt were indulging the “turnkey” or “plug-and-play” ethic of catering to the rich and/or famous.
We strive to stand in contrast to the brand-saturated, optimized-for-your-convenience world. We create #BlackRockCity every year because there is value in having an experience grounded in what you have to contribute. Read more in the #BurningMan Journal:https://t.co/7FI3Met9n2— Burning Man (@burningman) February 9, 2019
“Some elaborate luxury camps have contributed to the rise of a playa ‘convenience culture,’” Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell complained in a 2,500-word blog post earlier this year. “In some cases, camps or companies are offering ‘all inclusive’ pre-packaged Burning Man experiences, claiming they will preemptively meet all of their client’s needs. Burning Man is anything but convenient, and therein lies its transformative potential!”
So now there is some transformation to the ticketing process. Tickets are $425 and vehicle passes are $100, same as last year. But a few new minor changes loom:
- 10% more tickets have been added to the Directed Group Sale, which serves large registered theme caps and mutant vehicle camps
- 18% more Low Income tickets (whose application process is currently open) have been added
- And there's been a 30% reduction in high-priced tickets, which are now limited to two
- The $1,200 Limited Sale tickets have been eliminated
These changes are unrelated to the threats of higher ticket prices brought on by an onerous new set of requirements proposed by the Bureau of Land Management that operates the Black Rock Desert site year-round. Those proposed new rules are causing some gnashing of teeth over enhanced law enforcement and other issues, but most complaints you’ll hear from Burners these next couple weeks will probably be all about how quickly the tickets sold out.