By Keith Sharp
If you haven’t secured tickets to see the Tragically Hip’s final Man Machine Poem tour and the idea of paying inflated scalper rates to the likes of Stub Hub does not fit in your budget, the band is dangling one final purchasing opportunity in the form of a ticket lottery.
It works like this: On the day of each show, fans at each venue are invited to send in an application to purchase tickets for that day’s show. All applications have to be in by 11 a.m. on the day of the show to the allotted email.
A total of 50 successful applicants will be selected to purchase two tickets at face value and they will be notified before 1 p.m on the day of the show. Each of the 50 successful applicants are then required to be at the venue box office between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. with proof of id and the email certification either on a print out or displayed on a smart phone. These applicants can then purchase a pair of tickets from either best in house or mid-level sections (no choice) for the ticket’s face value plus applicable charges and taxes. These notifications are not transferable and the recipients are required to wear a special wristband.
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The recipients are then directed to a specific door where they will again be required to show their id and wristband before receiving their actual tickets, allowing them admission to the concert.
This subterfuge operation is in direct response to mass criticism for the band’s fan base who were denied an opportunity to purchase tickets during Ticketmaster’s initial ticket offering when a major amount of tickets were instantly directed to re-sale agents and scalpers.
Based on the news that band lead vocalist Gord Downie has been stricken by an inoperable brain tumour, the band, comprising of Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay will launch it’s final tour in support of their latest Man Machine Poem release. For further information on The Tragically Hip Man Machine Poem ticket lottery, please link to www.thehip.com/mmp-ticket-lottery.
FULL TOUR ITINERARY:
JULY 22 Save On Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria B.C
JULY 24/26/28 Pepsi Live @ Rogers Centre Vancouver B.C
JULY 28/30 Rexall Place Edmonton AB
AUG. 1/3 Saddledome Calgary AB
AUG 5 MTS Centre Winnipeg MB
AUG 8 Budweiser Centre London ON
AUG 10/12/14 Air Canada Centre Toronto ON
AUG 16 First Ontario Centre Hamilton ON
AUG 18 Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa ON
AUG 20 Rogers K-Rock Cente Kingston On
Note that the band’s final concert August 20th at Kingston Ontario’s Rogers K-Rock Centre will be televised live nationally on the CBC Network