Last week we got our first taste of our Paradiso Festival headliners, and now we’re rapidly approaching the hour where we need to begin budgeting for June. We all know the hit our bank accounts can take come festival season, but luckily we have plenty of time to account for all that! When you have your credit card in hand and your browser pulled up, we want to make sure you know just how to make sure you end up with the best possible experience.
This is the first, and most important step of the process toward ensuring your perfect Paradiso experience! General Admission will run you $165, but with Ticketmaster fees that number jumps to $207. To avoid these fees, we highly recommend going to a participating retail outlet (listed below), where you’ll only be responsible for the $165. Payment plans are also available, and for anyone short on money right now we’d highly recommend getting on that before they all sell out. More info on Paradiso payment plans can be found here.
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Silver Platters Northgate
9560 1st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Silver Platters SoDo
2930 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
Silver Platters Bellevue
2616 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
3823 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
Rainy Day Records
301 5th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501
35th Ave Skate
28717 Pacific Highway S
Federal Way, WA 98003
The Bachelor Pad
2611 N Monroe St
Spokane, WA 99205
115 E Magnolia St
Bellingham, WA 98225
3158 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
VIP tickets come in three separate options: Celestial VIP (18+) for $299, The Paradiso Experience (21+) for $499, and the Cabana Experience (pricing info available if you send an email to VIP@uscevents.com).
The main difference between Celestial and The Paradiso Experience is that for the extra $200, you get side stage access, more free swag, complimentary parking, and entry to the Cliff House VIP Area with private air-conditioned bathrooms and a cash bar.
There are four options for camping: Standard ($90/vehicle), Premier ($170/vehicle), Gold ($190/vehicle), and Terrace ($265/vehicle).
Standard: Let’s just say there’s a reason Standard camping is nicknamed “District 9.” This is where a bulk of the campsite partying goes down, and for not a lot of money you can have tons of fun. That being so, it’s bare-bones amenities, and often noise won’t subside until 5-6am (when security starts shutting parties down). Great to visit, but if you have the extra scratch you may want to use it for a more expensive campsite.
Premier: The next option up, located next to Standard. The area is fenced off, allowing only campers with Premier wristbands inside (maximum 6 per site). You also get free showers, a shuttle service to the Gorge, and private restrooms. Protip: The shower lines will be pretty crazy just about all hours of the day. If you want to wash up, be prepared to bake in the sun for a little while. UPDATE: Premier camping is officially sold out.
Gold: The biggest advantage of Gold: It’s located directly next to the entrance to the festival. You quite literally roll out of your tent, and there’s the Gorge. For anyone who doesn’t want to deal with lengthy shuttle lines or the mile-long walk back to Standard, this is the one for you, especially for only an additional $20. Also includes private restrooms and showers, but the same disclaimer applies toward lines for both. UPDATE: Gold camping is officially sold out.
Terrace: The most expensive option, but they make it worth your while. It’s located directly below Premier, so the complimentary shuttle service is still very much a necessity. For anyone looking to shower you can typically walk right in; this is the smallest available section of camping, making it so fewer people are taking up the facilities at any given time. Also comes with complimentary morning pastries/coffee, and concierge service, and access to all other campsites. A word of advice, jump on this ASAP. This is typically the first to sell out. UPDATE: Terrace camping is officially sold out.
[divider]The Final Tally (and Advice)[/divider]
If you want the cheapest possible Paradiso experience (a GA ticket + Standard camping), the price tag will run you around $260-270 if you charge it all today.
If you’re splitting your Standard campsite among 6 people, that number goes down to $180-190 ($15-25/person for the campsite including fees).
For what it’s worth, we usually pony up for Premier or Gold camping. Sleeping at the Gorge and waking up to that beautiful morning sunrise is just a little bit better when you’ve been able to have the choice to party in GA or sleep in your own tent!
We wish you luck in budgeting out your Paradiso experience! For purchase links, see below (tickets for Paradiso go on sale at 12pm PDT, 3/17):
General Admission/VIP Tickets: http://bit.ly/1AUnp55
Payment Plans: http://bit.ly/1ABsXSM
Camping Passes: http://bit.ly/1ABsXSM
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