Bumbershoot takes steps to avoid financial troubles in 2011
Early "BumberFan" tickets for Bumbershoot 2011 go on sale March 15, and the mainstage will move indoors this year to KeyArena from Memorial Stadium.
It's back to the future for Bumbershoot, which will return to a traditional ticketing system this fall after a one-year experiment with an "economy ticket" that excluded mainstage events.
Also: The mainstage will move indoors from Memorial Stadium to KeyArena.
Both moves appear designed to ward off a repeat of last year's festival, which was an economic flop for producer One Reel.
One Reel laid off eight staffers from its festival division in October 2010, after taking a hit at last year's music and arts festival.
Organizers at that time blamed poor weather; a bad economy; and the discount-ticket idea, which failed to attract ticket buyers. Attendance last year was about 35,000 per day at Seattle Center over the three-day festival — down from the usual 40,000 to 50,000, One Reel reported at the time.
This year, a single ticket will include access to all performances — including those on the mainstage — on a first-come, first-served basis.
Patrons who register online for a BumberFan Club, at bumbershoot.org/bumberfan.htm, will be eligible for a special Insider Deal beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The deal features a $75 three-day pass or a $29 single "any-day" ticket, both available for a limited time.
After the Insider Deal sells out, three-day passes will be available to the public for $90 in advance.
Single-day specific tickets will go on sale when the lineup is announced in the spring and will be $35 advance (through Sept. 2) or $45 at the gates. Special deals for children, seniors and disabled people are available; go to www.bumbershoot.org for details.
Bumbershoot will take place at Seattle Center Sept. 3-5.
When vice president of Sub Pop Records Megan Jasper isn't running things at the office, she's working in her garden at her West Seattle home where she and her husband Brian spend time relaxing.
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