Matador At 21 – The Lost Weekend : Final Opportunity To Purchase General Admission Tickets

September 10th, 2010 at 5:44 pm by Gerard

(it isn’t that kind of lottery)

We will be releasing a small quantity of GA tickets for Matador 21 next week by lottery. Winners will be picked at random and notified on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:00am. Winners will have 24hrs to purchase their tickets. If they fail to do so, a new winner will be selected the following day at 9:00am. All winners will be given the option to purchase 2 tickets at $250 each + service fees and taxes. This is your last chance (we hope!) to be part of the greatest weekend in human history

To enter the lottery please send an email to with the title, “21 LOTTERY” in the subject line of your message.


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77 Responses to “Matador At 21 – The Lost Weekend : Final Opportunity To Purchase General Admission Tickets”

  1. Lauro Says:


  2. Lauro Says:

    Gerard, you mean Sept 16th “thursday”, right?

  3. Gerard Says:

    sorry folks, very hard to blog and operate heavy machinery at the same time. Tuesday, September 14 is the day in question

  4. maur0 Says:


  5. Jim Says:

    Do you have to buy two tickets or can you buy just one?

  6. Gerard Says:

    we’re only selling the final tickets in pairs. I know that’s inconvenient for some but you prob won’t have much trouble finding someone who’d like to go with you.

  7. Jim Says:

    Ok, thanks for the reply. I hope I win! If not, tell times new viking i said hi :)

  8. william Says:

    thanks for the opportunity to hopefully not be shut out/crushed a third time in my attempt to get tickets :)

  9. jrey Says:

    I’m assuming we are limited to one email for the lottery otherwise one could send 10,000 emails to increase chances. What about different email accounts? May I send one from my personal account and one from my work account?

  10. michael Says:

    gerard, of course, i would buy two tickets if i win the lottery, but for me (travelling from germany to vegas) it will be rather difficult to find someone who’d like to go with me…

  11. Renata Says:

    Lauro needs to win!!!

  12. Brian Says:

    Michael from Germany, should you win I will gladly buy your second ticket! : )

  13. Misty Says:

    If we have a ticket to the event, will we for sure be able to get into the shows? Are the venues big enough to let every ticket holder in?

  14. Misty Says:

    By purchasing tickets, can we get them (hard tickets) in advance by mail? Or is it a will-call only situation? [Happy to read up on this and other details, if you direct me where. ;) ]

  15. Gerard Says:

    Misty, admission to the evening shows at the Pearl is guaranteed. There are a handful of events taking place in smaller capacity rooms that will be first come, first served (full details forthcoming). All tickets will be available at will call at the Palms starting the afternoon of October 1.

  16. blahblah Says:

    1500 people descending the Palms will-call desk in the afternoon on Friday seems inordinately insane. I sure hope they open early and have multiple windows…

  17. Jared Says:

    heartbroken again. do not use ticketfly again EVER for any of your bands. screwed me on matador21 and Virgin Freefest.

  18. Eric Says:

    9am EST? PST? Is there still hope? (it’s the last thing that’s holding me!)

  19. michael Says:

    have the winners been notified yet or is there still hope for me?

  20. Gerard Says:


    we’re gonna use one of the Palms’ banquet halls most likely to pick up tickets, info, etc. We’re totally aware of the clusterfuck possibilities in the lobby.

  21. lynshroom Says:

    so that’s it!? did anyone win? grrrrrrr….

  22. maur0 Says:

    Can you post the list of winners?

  23. rx Says:

    Can you let us know that the winners have been selected?
    Even if it’s (sadly) not me.

    Those of us who are OCDing on our email wanna know!!!!

  24. Colleen Says:

    So, it’s 10am PST here and I didn’t hear back…i’m assuming I didn’t win. Hopefully a few people won’t pay within 24 hours and I’ll get an e-mail tomorrow!

  25. maur0 Says:

    did anybody win?

    I’ll buy your second ticket if you only need one

  26. Joey Says:

    I Won!!!!

  27. Edythe Says:

    Have all of the winners been notified?

  28. Chris Bosh Says:

    I did not :( h

  29. Brian Says:

    Nor did I. I’m now hanging all hope on emusic.

  30. rx Says:

    Anyone have an extra?
    I’ll buy it.

    rxchurch at

  31. Nick Says:

    Is it a .doc file to fill out? I thought it would be a link.

  32. maur0 Says:


    Give us some tix!

  33. toby Says:

    Hey Folks -

    I have 2 extra GA tickets to sell. Face value, of course. I think the total for the two was $538.00, inclusive of fees. Email me at tbates (at), and we can work something out.

    Please note that these are the tickets only, no room is included.

    Can’t wait until the 1st!


  34. maur0 Says:

    @Toby email sent!

  35. toby Says:

    Wow. That was fast. I feel like I know what the Ticketfly people went through. The tix are sold. Sorry I couldn’t help everyone.


  36. Toby Says:

    Hi Gerard -
    Is there a way to transfer tickets prior to the event? If not, I’ll just meet the buyers at will call. Please let me know.
    Thanks for all of your hard work on this show.

  37. maur0 Says:


  38. Kristen Says:

    If anyone has an extra they’re looking to part with… Fingers crossed…

  39. Brian Renshaw Says:

    I won! Bitchin’!

  40. michael Says:

    i tried and tried and tried again…but didn’t get a ticket.
    in contrast to the german “zahlenlotto”-slogan:
    Beharrlichkeit führt NICHT zum Ziel.

    congratulations to all the lucky winners

  41. maur0 Says:

    did all the winners buy their tickets???

  42. dinesh Says:

    Winners have until 5pm (EDT? PDT?) today to make their purchases.

    The form seems to indicate that you can select 1 or 2 tickets, contrary to what Gerard said above. He may well be right, but the form is not clear if so.

    Also, I may have missed the memo, Gerard, but what is the status of rooms? None left at the promotional price? Are there still rooms available? If so, is there an event/discount code to use, or just book through the main website/phone?

  43. George Says:

    well I was notified yesterday that I was one of the picks in the lottery, I sent in my info but as of right now no one has contacted me. Needless to say I’m a little concerned…

    anyone else in the same boat or is it time to panic?

  44. Gerard Says:


    We’re not selling any additional rooms — yesterday’s lottery was for general admission tickets to the shows only. You’ll have to make your own hotel arrangements. The Palms might not be sold out for the weekend, but we can no longer offer the original $99 a night rate through Ticketfly.



  45. dinesh Says:

    George – same boat here, though I didn’t email in my order until this morning.

    Gerard – thanks for the help.

  46. Joey Says:


    I’m in the same boat as you too. I sent my info in last night.


    Is there any way to give confirmation to the lottery winners, to let us know that their credit card information is accepted and “safe”, and that we have not been bumped or anything.


  47. mnm Says:

    I won too and they STILL haven’t called! and 5 pm is around the corner…. what gives? I gotta make plane reservations! and I don’t like having my CC # out there. I called ticketfly but they had no idea what I was talking about. Gerard, can you reassure us?

  48. Ashley Says:


    I really hate to keep bugging y’all, but can you let us know when we should expect room reservation information. I really need to add a night to my existing reservation but I can’t seem to do that without confirmation.


  49. Gerard Says:


    did you make the original reservation when you purchased tickets via Ticketfly?

  50. matt Says:

    I was lottery winner, I got a reply from fyf saying they were notifying eveyryone that submitted their forms at 5pm(yesterday) and that a ticket fly rep would be contacting today….and I’ve received neither. This whole thing has been a rollercoaster, I just hope it ends without me peeing my pants and weeping. Thanks for the updates gerard!

  51. Ashley Says:

    I purchased the option “Weekend Pass + Hotel Package”. I did receive an e-mail about a week ago from someone at Matador asking for my room preference (which I replied to) but haven’t seen a room confirmation or any number I can use when calling the Palms to add a night to the package.

    Thank you so much for your help. I know you’ve been getting a zillion questions/e-mails and I really appreciate it!


  52. mnm Says:

    has anyone actually been called back after winning the lottery yet?

  53. matt Says:

    i did i get another email around 4 oclock saying someone from ticketfly would be calling ….but it’s 8 now oclock in here in wisconsin, and no phone call. i know it’ll all work out, right? i just really want to book my flight and hotel so i can relax.

  54. matt Says:

    typo there. meant to say i did get another email…

  55. maur0 Says:

    still want some tix :D

  56. Nerdcoreboi Says:

    Have any lottery winners heard back from Ticketfly yet?

  57. Joey Says:

    I’m a winner, yet I only received some brief e-mail from some guy with FYF, stating that i would get a confirmation once my order has been processed. It has been two days and still no confirmation. I would like to get my room and flight in order, but i’m not going to make any reservations until I know for sure i get the tickets.

  58. dinesh Says:

    I just got my confirmation email moments ago, FYI.

  59. Brian Says:

    Joey, I’m in the the same boat. I trust Matador & Ticketweb need time to coordinate this batch of sales. Fingers crossed…

  60. Brian Says:

    OK! I just got my confirmation from Ticketfly. Heads up to raffle winners, as this was a dynamically generated notification from Ticketfly it went straight to my “junk” box, so, be sure to check your spam boxes!!! See ya in Vegas! xo

  61. Joey Says:

    I received my confirmation as well! Yay!!!!

  62. maur0 Says:

    any tickets left?

  63. Lauro Says:

    i got mine! thank you!!! See you guys in Vegas…

  64. lynshroom Says:

    We’re still looking for two tickets, ideally meeting face to face at the Palms on Friday. pls email lynshroom

    We’re coming over from London and are staying at the Gold Coast, so we’ve already sorted out everything else and will be in Vegas that weekend, whether we’re going to the Matador fest or not. We were promised places by someone with a contact at the Palms but that seems to have gone, if we can’t go, then we can’t go, but if there is a way to attend we would love to. This is part of a longer US trip that kinda “fitted into our year” and the Vegas weekend fitted into the trip. Just to explain. Thanks! Thomas x

  65. lynshroom Says:

    Ok, we’re sorted now and are no longer looking for tickets. Good luck to everyone still looking, see you in Vegas! Happy birthday to Matador! x

  66. maur0 Says:

    still looking for tix :(

    damemp3 (at)

  67. Mike Says:

    Anybody need 2 tickets for Matador 21? Let me know if interested.

    Face value only!

  68. Colleen Says:

    Mike, I’ll take them!!!! colleen at compairspec dot com

  69. Lauro Says:

    Mike, please, we´re going from Brazil and a couple of friends from London…
    lauro.netto at gmail

  70. Dbuck Says:

    There is a real possibility of us having 2 extra tix. If you are going to be in Vegas anyway and already have room reservations, then hit me up at Once again, this is not a guarantee on tix, just a likelihood, so I only want to work with someone who will be there anyway and already has a room to avoid making anyone travel unnecessarily. Face value, and maybe a round of drinks ;)

    I should know as early as this weekend, maybe even tonight.

  71. Colleen Says:

    Mike, we can pay you cash at the door. leaving work for the day…please e-mail c3stewart at verizon dot net if you get this tonight (9/23). Thanks!!!!!!

  72. Nancy Says:

    I have one extra ticket (no room). I’m going to ask for half of ticket price (face value) up front (paypal) — once I’m in Vegas on Friday I will not be able to sell the ticket if someone decides to bail on me. I will send you my confirmation as verification that I have tix and they’re in my name. Getting to Vegas about 9 p.m. on Friday. Email nancy_bagot at yahoo. Thx

  73. salty Says:

    I have two extra GA tickets, I am completely against scalping so I’m just looking to sell them for what I paid which is $250.00 + 14.50 fees each = 529 for the pair.

    Email me at if you want them. I think Nancy’s plan sounds good – half now via Paypal, half in cash when we pick them up. I will be there Friday afternoon so we’ll have plenty of time.

  74. Tatiana Says:

    I came from brazil to pavement´s central park (awesome) concerts! I tried buying vegas tickets, but I kept receiveing error messages and it was sold out in half an hour…

    I´m leaving on sunday, unless i get a ticket for vegas…

    if anyone have an extra ticket, I´ll be thankful 4ever! tatiana.guimaraes (at)

  75. Colleen Says:

    Got my two tickets, so I’m no longer in need. Maybe Lauro still needs them.

  76. Mike T Says:

    Hey, I should have 2 GA tickets (weekend passes). If interested email michael dot thieme (at) – thanks

  77. dbuck Says:

    Its official, 2 extra GA tix. First come first serve, list price, just want our money back.