Last night we hit up Bluesfest for Hole, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Louis C.K. I wasn't entirely sure how we were going to see Joan and Louis simultaneously, but we figured we'd give it a try. At the information tent, a nice man informed us that we would need to get a stamp in order to leave the main festival area, cut through the War Museum, and pop into the comedy tent. No problem.
After Hole's set, featuring a delightfully spacey Courtney Love demanding cigarettes and set changes to reflect her bluesy birthday mood, we zipped around trying to figure out where we could get these magical stamps. Turns out what you actually need to do is get your ticket scanned as you leave and then again when you re-enter.* As we prepared to enter the comedy stage, my best friend's ticket scanned easily, while mine caused a giant red STOP to appear on the screen. Some sort of manager took me aside to explain that Louis C.K. is "a $45 dollar ticket, and they're sold out." Reasons why this is bullshit:
- When purchasing our tickets, we told the girl at the kiosk in the Rideau Centre that we want to go see Louis C.K. At no point did she mention that that requires some sort of additional fee.
- We bought out tickets at the same place, at the same time, and paid the same price. So why does one get in and one get left out?
In the end we caught all of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' amazing set, so there's no real harm done, except for the part where it's bootsauce not to tell people that they are going to have to pay more. That's it! That's all you have to do! Just tell them. So, if you are planning to go see Lewis Black on July 17, that's going to be an additional $45. And the tickets are probably sold out.