Tickets for 2023 Railbird music festival sell out in 3 hours, and fans aren’t happy

Lexington’s Railbird music festival is back, but some fans won’t be and expressed frustration with the event’s ticket sale process Thursday on social media.

The pre-sale opened at noon Thursday and all event tickets sold out in less than three hours, according to Railbird. The festival is set for June 3 and 4, 2023, at Red Mile.

Ticket prices started at $99 for single-day general admission and increased in price on a “tier” scale after a set number of tickets sold, according to information shared by Railbird’s account Thursday.

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Here’s the breakdown of ticket pricing as of Thursday afternoon. Tickets are sold out, but waitlists are available:

  • One-day general admission for Saturday or Sunday. Tickets priced at $139 (tier 3)

  • One-day general admission plus for Saturday or Sunday: $195 (tier 2)

  • One-day VIP admission for Saturday or Sunday: $375 (tier 2)

  • Two-day general admission for $225 (tier 4)

  • Two-day general admission plus: $375 (tier 3)

  • Two-day VIP admission: $699 (tier 3)

  • Two-day platinum admission: $1,500 (tier 2)

Depending on the type of ticket, Railbird Festival used two or three pricing tiers. But fans weren’t impressed by how quickly tickets in the first tier, the lowest prices, sold through.

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A post in the Lexington Subreddit also includes several complaints from fans about how quickly tickets sold in the first tier, leaving some with few other options than to purchase tickets in the more expensive fourth tier.

Some users in the Lexington subreddit expressed displeasure at the cost and availaibty of Railbird tickets after the music festival’s presale on Dec. 8, 2022.
Some users in the Lexington subreddit expressed displeasure at the cost and availaibty of Railbird tickets after the music festival’s presale on Dec. 8, 2022.

Railbird’s return

The two-day, three-stage festival is set to take off with headliners Zach Bryan and Tyler Childers. The show sold out in “record time,” the festival posted Thursday.

The 2022 event was canceled in May, and organizers announced at the time it would move from its previous location, Keeneland.

The 2021 event was plagued with difficulties, including long lines and hot weather, and it is unclear how many tickets were sold for the 2023 event.

The Herald-Leader has reached out to Railbird Festival organizers for more information on ticketing and the pricing tiers.

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