TL;DR: The Verified Fan Presale contest may be guilty of a bait-and-switch, advertising false advantages to participating in the contest when in fact all LPU members will get access to presale tickets at the same, and earliest time, of anyone who participated in the presale contest, rending the participating of any LPU member in the contest - barring the top 5 prizes - as completely pointless.
Hey everyone. I, like I’m sure many of you, just finished competing in this contest for priority ticket presale access and prizes for the OML tour, presale for which begins tomorrow morning. I’d like to share a few observations and concerns I’ve had about the contest and hope to learn something from the input of others on this matter.
I’m an LPU member. I participated in the contest hoping to win access to Group 1 presale, as well as potentially signed merch from and a meet & greet with the band. I read in the FAQ under the “I’m an LPU member do I get priority?” question that being an LPU member still affords you some “priority” in the presale queue. I saw on Ticketmaster.com during the duration of this contest, however, that there was a very clear breakdown between Verified Fan/Group 1 presale access, listed to begin at 9 AM PDT, and LPU/Fan Club access, to begin at 10 AM PDT. It is this one-hour advantage that led me to compete in the contest. The “See Your Spot in Line” presale page showed that Group 1 would receive presale access at 9 AM PDT throughout the entirety of the contest.
However, since the contest has ended, things have changed. The day after the contest ended, the “Spot in Line” page changed from displaying 9 AM PDT for Group 1 to 10 AM PDT. Additionally, Ticketmaster.com changed from showing several different presale types and time breakdowns to showing only “Verified Fan Presale Access” (No mention of LPU) to begin at 10 AM PDT. This begs the question: do all LPU members, even those who did not go through the trouble of participating in the contest, get access to presale tickets at the same time as anyone, LPU or not, who worked hard to earn a spot in Group 1 of the Verified Fan Presale?
I’ve reached out to both Strobe Labs and Ticketmaster and have yet to receive a clear answer.
Based on the original presale time breakdown I referenced, this certainly was not advertised to be the case. If this were the case, I’m not sure what reason any LPU member would have for participating in the contest unless they were trying strictly to get into the top 5 in their city. With so few additionally rewarded, it would seem there’d be almost no point.
Has anyone else who has been participating in this contest picked up on any of this? Is there anything I’m missing? Sitting here at 7 PM PDT the night before the presale still with no code and faced with the prospect of working as hard as I did only to be competing with every single LPU member for tickets is an extremely frustrating potential reality to embrace.
Additionally, as an aside, for my city and tour location (LA, Hollywood Bowl), the entire venue is seats only - no pit. Other shows have reserved the entire front section of the venue (called the Pool Circle) for VIP tickets - these generally come with a meet & greet. I earned the #1 spot in LA through this contest, so I won a meet & greet with the band for this show. But I was also competing for priority ticket access and naturally want the best seat I can get. Will I now have to pay VIP prices and purchase a SECOND meet & greet to the same show? There’s no information anywhere.
I feel very slighted by this entire contest. I worked hard to earn the #1 spot in my city. I look forward to my signed merch and meet & greet, and I hope very much to secure great seats for the show during the presale tomorrow. But if I could have accomplished virtually all of this (minus the signed merch but including the meet & greet, through LPU) without working hard to get others to sign up for the presale and buy the album, I wouldn’t have gone through the trouble. Have I been dooped?