“The Lost Weekend” – Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Tickets On Sale This Friday, July 9

Tickets for “The Lost Weekend” aka Matador’s 21st birthday celebrations at The Palms will go on sale this Friday morning at 9am, PST. Here’s the details you’ve been hassling all of us about over the last week (and don’t think we don’t appreciate it)

a) Tickets/Pricing : An initial quantity will be on sale Friday for $SOLD. .After the $SOLD tickets sell out, the price increases to $SOLD.  A Ticketfly.com link will be posted on this site on Thursday, July 8th.  Starting Friday, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve standard rooms at the Palms for the discounted rate of $SOLD per night (the full 3 nights of the festival, only). The rooms feature two double bed and occupancy of up to 4 persons is allowed. The above rate is only available when purchasing tickets thru us. If you are interested in upgrading to a larger room or a suite you will be able to do so after purchasing the standard room. TICKETS FOR THE 3 NIGHTS  + ROOMS are being sold jointly — we’re not selling tickets to the shows separately at this time, nor are we selling tickets for individual nights.

(ADDENDUM -i) A limited number of 3-day tickets priced at  $SOLD—with no Palms reservation required — will be available Friday morning at 9am PST  via Ticketfly.com

ii)  if, for example, you’re buying 4 tickets to the shows, the $SOLD per night hotel fee can cover up to 4 people.  $SOLD over 3 nights divided by 4 is hopefully not an crazy amount to charge for rooms in a world class resort).

B) VIP tickets. A limited number of VIP packages will be available at $SOLD — details about what you’ll get for the $SOLD are forthcoming. You’ll have the ability to upgrade from the regular tickets, assuming the VIP tickets aren’t sold out.

C) Venue. The room in question is the 2100 seat Pearl at the Palms.

D) MORE BANDS. OK, we’re working on it. But in addition to the 19 artists confirmed on the above poster, we can confirm the original lineup of COME — Thalia Zedek, Chris Brokaw, Sean O’Brien and Arthur Johnson — will be participating. Actually, we already know who some of the other bands are, we’re just trying to drag this out.    MORE MATABLOG CONTENT between now and October!

E) Set times –  we’ll post these the week before the event.

F) These shows are open to all ages.  However, access to the casino floor is limited to those 21 and over.

F) WHAT ABOUT LAS VEGAS HUMANS?  Las Vegas’ Zia Records is selling 50 tickets to “The Lost Weekend” starting Friday, July 9.  You’ll need a Nevada I.D.  Reservations at the Palms are not required to purchase these tickets.



Zia Records

4225 South Eastern Avenue

Las Vegas, NV 89119-5485


Zia Records

4503 W. SAHARA



Tickets will go onsale at both stores at 10:00am on Friday, July 9th via lottery. By overwhelming demand by Nevada Residents we will be increasing the amount of tickets available (50 X 2 = 100) . There is a two ticket limit. Nevada state ID required for purchase. Any questions please email [email protected]

303 thoughts on ““The Lost Weekend” – Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Tickets On Sale This Friday, July 9”

  1. just curious if anyone knows if rough showtimes would be announced when tickets go on sale. i will probbaly need to take a red-eye back and want to check and see if there are even flights after the show sunday night.

  2. Anyone have a ticketfly iphone app? I can’t seem to find one. on their site it shows that they do but I can’t find it.

  3. \A limited number of 3-day tickets priced at $250—with no Palms reservation required — will be available Friday morning at 9am PST via Ticketfly.com\

    So basically if I complain enough you’ll cave and give me what I want?

    Sweet- I am angry! This is unfair! (is it working) can you please put a side a limited number of tickets for cry-babies named Tim.

  4. Nice job on the tickets available with no room requirement. This Las Vegan thanks you.

  5. Awesome, thanks so much for making tickets available to locals online. Now if i can’t get them there or at zia i guess it just isn’t meant to be

  6. Thanks Matador! That’s a really nice gesture. Thanks for listening to our gripes from LV & trying to rectify the situation…Sometimes it just seems like everyone wants to come & party here & have a blast while forgetting that people actually live here & work here & call this place home…(and most of us don’t have anything to do with the casinos.)

    And hopefully the Matador bands will start coming here more often!

  7. Kenneth Amperes
    Park Volume
    Conga Lame
    Tristan Windows
    From Spirits
    The Timid
    Tubular Topping
    Hornier Virtually
    Romeo Particularly
    Financial Implodes
    Next Barroom

    Is this a list of indie bands playing the opening slots at Matador, or is it just the BEST CAPTCHA GENERATOR EVER!?

  8. Please tell me there will be Matador karaoke somewhere?! With Yo La Tengo as backing band!!! I’d pay 50 bucks just to sing “..and I could really give a $%^#..” with Malkmus. bon jovi, jim

  9. this better be the one night GBV will reunite from now until eternity, because if they do a tour two months afterwards it will be a stab and a half in everyone’s backs after all this bookings brouhaha – specially considering all the other bands play regularly and have toured/will tour the U.S. this year in smaller, better venues than Britney Spears’ vacation hotel of choice. still love you, Matador! Vegas, baby!

  10. Thanks for offering the tickets with no room requirement. Now when my friends and I decide whether or not to stay at The Palms, we’ll feel like it’s a choice. This makes me a happy American.

    You’ve done well here, Gerard and friends, and I thank you. If I end up making it to the show, I owe you a beverage of your choice.

    Dissent off.

  11. “A limited number of 3-day tickets priced at $250—with no Palms reservation required — will be available Friday morning at 9am PST via Ticketfly.com”

    Gerard, I’ve said it here before but I’ll say it again. You are a gentleman and a scholar, a fine judge of whisky and friend to all, couch-crashers and resort-guests alike. IF I get a ticket this Friday I will buy you a beer in Vegas that weekend.

  12. Hello Gerard, would you know if Guided by Voices is playing on Friday? I’m flying from Spain mainly to see them (and Chavez!!), but planning to arrive at las Vegas late on Friday (unless GBV play that night!).

  13. Dorgon,

    You always have had a choice. If you didn’t like the way the fest was set up, you could have chosen not to go! But instead you came here and bitched and whined about this incredible festival that Gerard and all the other great folks at Matador have spent, no doubt, countless hours working on.

    Many of the blog responses to this entry have served as cold, hard reminder of just how much the internet sucks nearly every fucking last drop of joy from everything about the music I hold so dear.

    This festival could possibly be the single greatest indie label showcase in history (Merge XX was pretty damn good, so we will have to wait and see!) and the amount of entitlement that people falsely believe they have toward it sickens me!

  14. jenna, and others whining about how all the bands tour and you can see them w/out this festival… 1) not for anywhere CLOSE to THIS cheap you can’t! 2) not in this kind of awesome, festival, party atmosphere you can’t (this is to say nothing of all the Matador/band related parties and extras), and 3) you’re obviously only thinking about yourself, because almost everyone going to this thing don’t live where all these bands tour anyway. And your, “GBV better not tour again after this,” just smacks of something tween fans of Britney (you brought her up, not me!) would say. like…get over yourself, and stuff….!!

    but here’s perhaps the best post in the entire comments section, that sums up how us normal folks feel about the elitist, selfish, whiners…

    “Gerard, I have found out from my boss that I may have to work the weekend of the festival. Could you please bump the festival back by approximately 4 days to better accommodate me? Come to think of it, I don’t like the fact that the on sale time was announced in PCT. Please make all future announcements in Central Time for the western half of Indiana that doesn’t acknowledge daylight savings. Also, the Palms is not ideally situated to maximize my enjoyment of the sun. Please rotate the entire hotel 13 degrees counterclockwise. Finally, you have not selected my preferred GBV lineup, and the word Matador has too many vowels in it. Please remove 2 of them.”

  15. Gerard,
    Is there a way if you do end up getting a room that it can be transfered to someone else? Say I get a room, have a place to say and want to get rid of my room. Can I sell the room on Ebay or another site to someone that wants it? Not sure if anyone who’s been complaining about the room has asked that question or not. But was thinking of possibly doing that if I do get a room.

  16. The everything is wonderful this is so amazing you should be on your knees thanking everyone for everything people are worse than anyone who brings up an actual issue. The fact that more Vegas tickets are available and that you can now buy a ticket without a room are testament to the fact that these ideas make sense to Matador.

  17. i just wanna know if someone told Jesse about the no hotel required tickets before he jumped off the roof of the Luxor…

  18. Chris,

    though you can share the room with whoever you want, the reservation itself can’t be re-sold.

  19. Any idea if tickets and rooms will be transferable? I am trying like hell to get to this, but have a family event I may not be able to get out of (while maintaining a semblance of a relationship with certain family members). BUT, if I can get out of it, obviously I need to get a ticket this Friday.

    Thanks, I know there are a million questions. This is the MOST awesome…I wish I were closer than DC or I’d just bop out for my family crap…I mean event.

  20. Gerard,
    Reading all the comments here certainly proves that no great deed goes unpunished.
    You guys have put together an amazing festival.

  21. Gary,

    as the ticket and room sales are intertwined (save for the “ala carte” option of tickets at $250 each), you’d need to make two different transactions — one ticket + one room, and then again, one ticket + one room. Space/tickets permitting, you should be able to do it.

  22. I think it’s clear many of you with concerns about the rooms have never planned an event at a hotel. It is usually required to have a block of rooms in order to then have access to the ballrooms, etc., at the hotel. I have no doubt that this arrangement is the only way that Matador is able to host a three-day music festival for less than $200. I would assume that without the room blocks, tix would be over $500. Aha, the price of them with the rooms!

    This is the economics of event planning, and a simple fact of life. Matador is clearly really working hard to craft an amazing, memorable experience for those who are able to be there. With 2100 seats, my concern is that it sells out in seconds… Best of luck to those of you who are truly excited about this once in a lifetime three-day event! [IE, this is not a run of the mill concert, but a true musical journey.] Thanks, Matador. My fingers are crossed I can be there.

  23. PS, if you’re a poor college student, this is life. We’ve all been there and had to make choices. The great thing is that you have years and years ahead of you full of all kinds of great experiences you can’t even conceive of now. Relax.

  24. Would love to read an answer to the question of buying multiple tickets and sharing the same room.  

    A great example: I wish to attend with my girlfriend and stay at The Palms with the Matador discounted rate.  Can I buy 2 tickets @ $199 and 1 room @ $99/night, or will I have to buy 2 rooms (1 per ticket), or will I have to buy 1 ticket @ $199 + 1 room @ $99/night + 1 ticket @ $250?

    Thanks for organizing this, hopefully your headaches are subsiding now that more information is coming out…

  25. Bags – Punk Rock Bowling, Viva, and other festivals here don’t require you to get a room with your ticket, and they are also at hotel/casinos. This is the first I’ve heard of this happening. Usually there is a discounted rate offered at the hotel hosting the fest for people traveling but it’s not mandatory to stay there. Granted, since the Pearl is a relatively smaller venue (it’s where bands like Bloc Party, Vampire Weekend, and Band of Horses play when they are in town), maybe they were worried that the percentage of people staying with them wouldn’t be large enough.

    Gerard – I really appreciate that the $250 no room required tickets are going to be available. Now I feel like I have just as much a chance as anyone else without having to pay for a room I don’t need. Thanks again for taking the concerns posted here to heart and making those changes.

  26. Gerard,

    Regarding what Gary above asked about two tickets plus two rooms… now we have the opposite issue of people who didn’t want hotel rooms.

    Scenario: A friend and I (and maybe our girlfriends as well, for sake of argument) want to go to the show, we want to sit together at the show, but we want to stay in SEPARATE rooms. To do this, you’re saying that we’d have to each try to get tickets separately? What happens if one of us gets tickets, but the other doesn’t. We’re either all want to go or none of us goes.

    Is there some way around this? We’d like to order tickets together with separate rooms. I think a large portion of the “die-hard” audience here are “mature” adults who are a little past wanting to “bunk” with other people, even if they’re good friends.

    Can you please look into allowing us to order multiple tickets with multiple rooms?

    Thanks for your consideration.

  27. Hey Matador,

    Thanks so much for this show. I haven’t been able to think of anything else all week:)

    Someone mentioned Railroad Jerk… that would be the cherry on my sundae. Any comment on that?


  28. To the guy who wrote, “You’re all crybabies, stop acting entitled, they could’ve made this a private show.”

    My primary issue here is that Matador 21 was announced and hyped like any other destination festival. Only after many people began making accommodations did the event start to take the tone of an industry party.

    I appreciate the difficulties that go into planning an event of this magnitude. However, I agree with the person who said “Don’t announce anything until you have all of the pieces in place.”

    The result of the constant back and forth for me has been a quick change from elation upon reading the initial announcements to not giving a hoot if I go or not. And I’m going to be in Vegas, at that! It will be a bummer if I’m in Vegas and can’t see some of the Matador 21 shows…but it might be a blessing if the festival is as shambolic as the announcements and releases of information have been thus far.

  29. Hi from the UK

    Trying not to get too excited about this til I’ve bagged me and the missus some tickets. Guessing it’s gonna sell out pretty fast right? What do people think – seconds, minutes, hours or days??

    By the way, 9am PST is 5pm BST right?!


  30. Gerard,

    iru describes the scenario that I’m interested in as well. Please consider the option of purchasing multiple tickets with multiple rooms.

    Thank you, and the Palms, for trying to accommodate everyone’s wishes!

  31. At some point, going to great pains to make this the PERFECT situation for EVERYONE is probably going to backfire and screw things up royally for all of us.

    We’re ALL going to have to accept SOME degree of imperfection here, folks.

    Let’s quit trying to micromanage this process before we unleash a slew of unintended consequences.

  32. B.C.,

    I’m sorry this has been so tiresome for you, but I don’t think our policies and prices are totally different from other “destination festivals” (ATP certainly comes to mind). As far as the event “taking the tone of an industry party”, we’re attempting to sell about 90% of the tickets to a 2100 capacity venue to the general public. I don’t know how many industries parties you’ve been to that operate that way (admittedly, I don’t go to a lot of industry parties). I think the bigger frustration comes from simple supply and demand. We’ve touted a cool event and there’s angst over our inability to promise easy, affordable access to every person who wishes to attend. Yet if we didn’t trumpet said cool event, there’d be anxious moments over the public not receiving ample warning or even knowing about the show in the first place (you’ll note that we’ve yet to place a single advertisement for “The Lost Weekend”).

    I hope you’ll try to attend and if successful in obtaining tickets, end up with a better feeling about the whole thing.

  33. I’m one of those people who booked a hotel room before getting tickets (it’s fully refundable and I can cancel) — but it’s *at* the Palms (Palms Place). The rate is actually higher than the $99 for the standard double, but I’d prefer to stay there if given the choice.

    Assuming I’m lucky enough to get tickets, is there any way I can keep my reservation at Palms Place, and not have to stay at the Palms proper, and we can just call it even, since it’s the same property? Heck, I might even be doing someone a favor, in case there’s a run on the 700 rooms at the Palms!

    Otherwise, someone asked this above, yet I don’t think it’s been answered: Will upgrades at the Palms also be offered at a reduced rate?


  34. Gerard,

    Thank you for your comments, they are truly appreciated.

    When I said “destination festivals,” I was thinking of something like Lollapalooza or Pitchfork or Bonnaroo or Coachella, for which you just get a ticket, and then you can look for hotel deals or packages. Granted, those things don’t take place IN hotels like Matador 21 will, so it is true that your festival must be handled differently. My disappointment comes not with the prices, but with the lack of clarity on the requirements of ticket purchases vis-a-vis hotel bookings. In hindsight, of course it makes sense that an event in a hotel might require booking a room at that same hotel; it’s the lack of information on that in the earliest days of this festival’s marketing–not to mention the sometimes contradictory information that has appeared on Matablog and your Twitter feed–that has disappointed me and others.

    As for my comment that Matador 21 is “taking the tone of an industry party,” I concede that my turn of phrase wasn’t accurate. Rather than taking the tone of an industry party, it has taken the tone of an exclusive event (which it is, yes) to which entrance is not as simple as it may have appeared to the general public when the thing was first announced. Now, what I mean here has nothing to do with easy, affordable access–it’s been clear from the beginning, to me at least, that only ~2,000 tickets would be available at a cost to be expected of such an event. I have no complaint about the cost, accessibility, or supply and demand. The only thing that has disappointed me, aside from the confusing flow of information, was the news that to attend the event a person must also book a Palms room, because I made housing accommodations before this detail was announced. Never before in my twenty years of attending music festivals has advance booking even been an issue. Now that you plan to release some tickets without the requirement of a Palms reservation, my primary complaint is assuaged. On Friday, I’ll find out if I’m one of the lucky ones.

    (Incidentally, you mentioned that you’ve yet to place a single advertisement for the event, though there is currently a banner running on Pitchfork that has all of the signposts of an advert.)

    Thanks again for taking the time to respond on this message board. I know all too well how frustrating it is to contend with a complaining public, and your patience and candor here is to be commended.

    I do hope to make it to the shows this October, and look forward to having a great time.

  35. Hi Gerard,

    When can we expect further updates? I keep checking this thing every 5 minutes and it seems that you mostly handling damage control duties…

    The anticipation for this Friday is making me feel ill.

    Thanks for your help,

  36. So myself and two friends are coming down to this thing and wanting to stay at the Palms. Will one person need to buy the tickets for the three of us and three nights at the Palms? Or can we all buy 1 ticket and 3 nights at the Palms? I can’t seem to figure this out by sorting through all the comments. Thanks for any help.

  37. OMG, you guys are killing me. Please add one good band, just one so that I could justify dropping this much money! Really, you guys are killing me.

  38. Dear BC,

    I take your main points and yes, while no hotel stay is required in order to attend Bonnaroo or Coachella, we think the environment in question is substantially different enough to justify what we’ve put in place. I do regret any inconvenience you or others have suffered by making early hotel reservations, but I would hope those advance bookings are refundable. No one was guaranteed a ticket back in April.

    re : Pitchfork. I’m sorry, I should’ve said “print advertisement”.

    Indeed, there’s been some contradictory information, but we’re attempting to put revised plans in place across multiple platforms. Hopefully sometime before Friday morning we’ll appear sufficiently organized. FINGERS X’D!

  39. If a friend buys a ticket separately but wants to share the hotel room that I purchased how would this be done without him paying the $250 rate?

  40. For all those asking about the UK time tickets go on sale – it is 5pm (not 4pm as my previous press release stated) – sorry about that, I failed to take in to account our daylight savings over here too! My bad.

  41. Yeah, seems my comment / question similar to TractorRapeChain has been moderated out or something. Strange.

    My question was this: How can I buy the following – 2 tickets for the festival, and 1 room at the Palms with the Matador discount. Will I have to buy 1 ticket at $199 to get the hotel room, then one ticket at $250 because that ticket doesn’t require a hotel room? If so, will the two prices of tickets be available in the same transaction? I can see this selling lightning fast and it would be a real bummer to come away with just 1 ticket.

    So yeah – I want one hotel room and 2 tickets for an awesome vacation with awesome bands. Can it be done?

  42. Andrew,

    I would suggest that your friend NOT buy a ticket separately but instead go in on two tickets ($199 each if you get the early tickets) plus the $99 per night room with you. I am very hopeful that if you trust this person enough to share a room, the two of you can work out reimbursement. 🙂


  43. here’s hoping all the haters decide to stay in the bitter barn so us half-full types can play in the hay! i am literally shaking with anticipation for friday. i NEED a ticket to this. i don’t think there will be another chance to get drunk with bob nastonovich, bob pollard, AND motherfucking matt sweeney whils rocking out to many of my favorite bands ever in the world. i know it probably won’t happen but this is my dream and i need a goddamn ticket for it. stay away if you aren’t 100% on board for this please! don’t spoil it for the rest of us.

    thank you matador. luffs forever.

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