Phoenix, Courtesy of band's official Facebook page

Long Beach’s Just Like Heaven Festival sells out in hours, second date added

For some, Long Beach’s Just Like Heaven Festival is starting to feel Just Like Hell.

If you even considered going to Goldenvoice’s inaugural indie-pop festival, or even were amongst those who tried to buy tickets, you are probably well aware that passes to the pop-giant event were reportedly sold out in a matter of hours, much to the chagrin of many fans. Confusion over the $99 Earlybird tier during the first round of ticketing left would-be buyers feeling bamboozled, and the chaos was reportedly so great it led to more than a few fans calling out the festival giant on social media for scammy ticketing practices– and for running Fyre Fest 2.0.

“WOWWWWW. I see where the Fyre Festival promoters went,” said one user.

“Go f yourself whoever set this festival up,” said another, who was driven to use strong language.

But, if you found yourself in this unfortunate group of would-be buyers in limbo, Goldenvoice wants you to worry no more (and stop comparing them to Billy McFarland): they’ve just announced that the one-day festival is now a two-day event.

The lineup, as previously reported (and which looks like it will remain almost exactly the same across both days), will include pop giants Phoenix, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, MGMT, and Beach House, among others. Passion Pit, however, is scheduled to play the House of Blues in Las Vegas on May 3. We’re unsure how this will play out, but someone will probably be walking away disappointed.

Tickets for the newly-announced May 3 date go on sale this Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 A.M. PST. The so-called “Earlybird” ticketing actually goes on sale at that same time (the system seems unchanged from the first round of ticketing), and as per the festival’s website, it works like this:

“At 10 AM PST on Friday, February 15th you will enter a waiting room. The waiting room will give you a randomly selected place to enter the ticketing platform. Once in, you will be able to purchase (up to 4) passes available at that time.”

From what we gather, the chance to purchase the Earlybird tier is doled out based on the same random lottery system (the prospect of which has some fans pissed anew). Many ticket-buyers reported not even seeing the option to purchase the cheaper, $99 (+$30 fees) Earlybird tickets last Friday when their waiting period was over, with one Reddit user getting into line at precisely 9:59 A.M. PST, only to see them sold out by the time they got to the front of the queue. It’s a tale as old as time that we’ve dealt with before, with “sold-out” tickets appearing mere hours later on none other than StubHub for upwards of $300.

You can try your hand at getting tickets here (key word: try), but from the way things are looking, we recommend getting on the site by at least 9 A.M. PST.

A PRO Tip for Friday, as per JLH’s website: Turn your AD Blocker OFF

See the updated poster below for a full lineup of the artists you may or may not be seeing.