Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m. They'll be gone within minutes, if not seconds -- only to reappear shortly thereafter on eBay, StubHub and other aftermarket ticket sites for two, three or even four times their original cost.
It's nothing new. But it sure gets old. Remember the World Series in 2007? How about the Radiohead show just last March? The latest mess was the sale for the Great American Beer Festival, which old out within minutes (seconds?), shocking buyers and the Boulder-based Brewers Association, which holds the event.
GABF is one of five upcoming events that makes our list of Denver's toughest tickets. Click through for the rest.
Mumford & Sons
5. Mumford & Sons Red Rocks Amphitheater August 28-29 Lots of people logged onto the the Internet to grab Mumford & Sons tix -- and not without haste. But scalpers got to them first. Both shows sold out immediately, and there are now hundreds -- at prices that are all over the map -- up on Craigslist and other sites. Banjos were never so popular. Click through for more of the toughest tickets in Denver.
4. Pretty Lights Red Rocks Amphitheatre August 17-18 Derek Vincent Smith, aka Pretty Lights, knows how to draw dance music fans -- and he sells out just about every time he comes through Colorado. Both of his upcoming gigs at Red Rocks are sold out, and those tickets, originally $85, are running about $130 apiece now. Click through for more of the toughest tickets in Denver.
The Great American Beer Festival
3. Great American Beer Festival Colorado Convention Center October 11-13 The Boulder-based Brewers Association put 49,000 tickets up for grabs beginning at 10 a.m. on August 2. But within two minutes, at least two of four GABF sessions had sold out. The BA later tweeted that it took 45 minutes for all of the tickets to sell, though many people dispute that -- the same ones who are angry (really angry) -- and have expressed those feelings in droves on the organization's Facebook page. You can now find tickets, originally $65, to the biggest beer fest in the world on StubHub for $170 to nearly $400 each. One guy even listed one eBay for $50,000 -- just to make a statement. Click through for more of the toughest tickets in Denver.
2. The Denver Broncos Multiple home games Sports Authority Field at Mile High The Denver Broncos maintain sold out every game since 1970, a proud streak that ensures that the games are always televised here. But this season, they went particularly fast thanks to a certain gentleman named Peyton. Freaking. Manning. Wanna see the opener on September 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers? Good luck. Aftermarket sales for the lamest end zone seats start at around $250 a piece and quickly climb the wallet-gouging ladder.
The Book of Mormon
1. The Book of Mormon Denver Center for the Performing Arts August 14-September 2 Demand for this musical -- penned by South Park creators and Colorado superstars Matt Stone and Trey Parker -- was so strong that its entire run of August 14 through September 2 sold out within four hours last January. But many people couldn't even get onto the overloaded DCPA website, let alone buy tickets. The very cheapest seats are now selling on StubHub and elsewhere for a minimum of $150. But decent seats run more like $200 to $400 -- all the way up to $1,000 or more. The tickets originally cost from $35 to a max of $125. Not to worry, though: You can also miss out when the show returns to Denver in October 2013.
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