Just when you think you were locked out of indie rock heaven, the gods of Goldenvoice cracked open the gates for you, just enough to give you some hope. This evening, festival organizers announced a second identical companion date to Just Like Heaven to the original May 4 date at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach. Focused on the indie rock bands of the mid-aughts the lineup headlined by Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Beach House and Passion Pit will also take place on Friday, May 3. So for all those who want a second crack at tickets, they’ll be on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. Of course, if you’ve been paying any attention at all to social media, that ain’t gonna be as easy as it sounds.
When the tickets for the first date originally went on sale last week, the collective sorrow of fans trying to score tickets at the highly advertised $99 price point quickly turned to rage when they realized Goldenvoice was using a tiered ticketing system that’s confusing at best and scammy at worst. It’s a flawed system that plenty of jilted buyers have been through before, though in this case it’s almost as if the $99 tickets advertised barely existed at all. After making it through the waiting period to purchase tickets, most fans found they had jumped up to $170 plus fees. Within hours many of the tickets appeared on StubHub for around $300. From that point on, the outrage over the ticket shortage felt just like hell.
As of now, it looks as if the lineup will remain the same for the festival for both days, a la Coachella (Louis XIV will play on Friday, May 3 only). However, there’s some overlap in dates with Passion Pit who are scheduled to play the House of Blues in Las Vegas on May 3. Going from one stage to another within hours of each other sounds a little bit nuts–but hey, I’m sure the indie rock Gods will find a way to make it happen. Helping you get tickets to a festival that’s clearly outsized it’s venue? Not so much.