Big Ears Festival Ticketing Options

Big Ears offers three different 4-day festival passes: General Admission Pass, Premier Festival Pass, and VIP Sonic Explorer Pass. A limited number of Single Day Passes – at the General Admission level only – are also available.

Each of these passes offer you access to all of the official, publicly announced festival events – over 100 concerts at all of the concert venues, plus films, literary events, talks and discussions, exhibitions, workshops, interactive experiences and more…

Big Ears concerts and events take place in over a dozen venues, with capacities that range from 80 to over 1600 people. Admission to each event is on a first come, first serve basis – subject to the legal capacity of the venue.

Premier and VIP Sonic Explorer pass holders are offered priority admission to all venues – as long as they arrive at the venue prior to show time. VIP Sonic Explorer pass holders will also receive invitations to a handful of select, intimate, “secret” shows during the festival weekend.

Big Ears is programmed to create an exciting and dynamic array of options and opportunities throughout the festival weekend.  After last year’s capacity attendance, we are adjusting the numbers of tickets available at each level in order to optimize everyone’s festival experience.

We urge everyone to download the festival app when it is available shortly before the festival. We think you will find it to be an invaluable aid in helping you to plan your Big Ears experience and insure that you see all of the “must see” artists on your list while encouraging you to explore and discover the countless surprises and delights that the Big Ears Festival experience offers.

Weekend Passes

General Admission Weekend Pass

General Admission Weekend Pass

Access to all Big Ears performances, screenings, and venues across all 4 days of the event, subject to capacity.
Availability at this price is limited and prices will increase once this price level has sold out.

Premier Weekend Pass

Premier Weekend Pass

“Bypass the line” – jump to the front of the line for immediate access to all shows, subject to capacity.
Special advance notification of “secret shows” and other surprise, “pop-up” performances and events during the festival weekend.
Access to all official, publicly-announced Big Ears performances and events during the weekend, subject to capacity.

Sonic Explorer VIP Weekend Pass

Sonic Explorer VIP Weekend Pass

Dedicated, “no wait” line or special entrance to all festival venues
Guaranteed access to all official shows up until 15 minutes prior to official show time.**
Access to preferred seating areas in all seated venues, plus preferred access to seated viewing areas in the Mill & Mine and the Standard (limited and available only on a first come, first served basis) up until 5 minutes prior to performance time.
Special advance notification of “secret shows” and other surprise, “pop-up” performances and events during the festival weekend.
Exclusive invitations to unique, intimate performances by artists during the festival weekend. (Invitations sent via email at least a week before the festival begins. Subject to capacity; rsvp required; first come, first served).
Exclusive invitations to other special events during the festival weekend, including the festival Kick Off party, as well as other receptions, talks, parties, meet-and-greets only available to VIP's during the festival weekend.

**Subject to capacity.

Film Pass

Film Pass

Film Pass

Includes access to all film events at the Regal Riviera Theater for the full four days of the Big Ears Festival, including all screenings and talks associated with the Standard Definition and 3D programs, as well as visiting artists Jessica Sarah Rinland & Lily Keber — more than 30 screenings and 60 titles — subject to capacity. Curated by Public Cinema, in association with Big Ears.

Note: All General Admission (weekend and daily), Premier & VIP passes include access to all films screened through the festival weekend. For those who do not wish to purchase a weekend or daily passes, the film pass provides access — on a first come, first served basis & subject to venue capacity — to all film events at the Regal Riviera Theater for the full four days of Big Ears, including screenings & talks associated with the Standard Definition and 3D programs, as well as visiting artists Jessica Sarah Rinland and Lily Keber - more than 30 screenings and 60 titles in all.

Important Ticket Information

Wristbands will be mailed to weekend pass holders beginning in early February, 2020. Daily ticket holders and international patrons will pick up wristbands at will call, located at the Big Ears Box Office (location TBD). Weekend passes purchased after March 13, 2020 will only be available for pick-up at will call.

Please bring your confirmation email and ID when picking up your passes. Passes are required for patrons age 2 and older. Big Ears does not offer passes to individual shows during the festival weekend. For more info, please review our FAQs.


Additional Ticket Information

  • All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Each attendee will be required to exchange his or her pass/ticket for a festival wristband upon arriving at the event. Bands are not transferable once applied to a patron’s wrist.
  • Patrons of all ages are welcome. Passes/tickets will be required for patrons age 6 and older.
  • For questions regarding a previously placed order, please call 888-512-7469 or visit Frontgate’s help site here.
  • All acts advertised have confirmed their appearance at Big Ears 2020; however, acts and performance times are subject to change without notice.
  • Passes/tickets lost or stolen cannot be replaced.
  • There is a limit of eight (8) general admission and four (4) VIP passes/tickets per order.
  • Management reserves the right, without the refund of any portion of the pass/ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venues, local, state or federal law, or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by management.
  • Persons entering the venues are subject to search for contraband, unauthorized merchandise, alcohol, controlled substances, weapons, firearms, fireworks, cameras, video equipment, or recording devices, which are expressly forbidden.  Any persons found attempting to enter the venues with forbidden item(s) will be refused access, or, at venue’s discretion, allowed to give up the forbidden item(s). Confiscated items will be destroyed or given away at venue’s discretion.
  • Pass/Ticket/Wristband user assumes all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to the event.
  • The resale or attempted resale of passes/tickets/wristbands at a price higher than that appearing on the face of the pass/ticket is prohibited and if discovered will result in the ticket being voided without refund.
  • The sale of unauthorized merchandise is not permitted.  Purchaser agrees he/she may be ejected from the event if found selling unauthorized merchandise.
  • Passes/tickets/wristbands may not be used for advertising, promotion (including contests and sweepstakes), or other trade purposes without the express written consent of Big Ears.
  • Pass/ticket/wristband user consents to Big Ears and its affiliates’ use of his/her image or likeness incidental to any video display, transmission, recording, and/or other content captured at the event.

Additional Layaway Plan Information

  • On the checkout page, you have the option to purchase your full order at that time or you can purchase using a “layaway plan.” Layaway plan is available for all orders including at least (1) weekend pass. Purchaser must agree to the Layaway Plan Terms & Conditions, including a default policy.
  • A deposit upon purchase will serve to secure your ticket(s). All subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the credit card used for the initial purchase. Your ticket(s) will not be mailed to you until you have made your last payment.
  • Please reach out to Frontgate’s customer service if you have questions regarding the layaway plan.
  • IMPORTANT: If, for any reason, any of your payments are declined, in whole or in part, then all of the following will apply: (i) your order and your tickets will be cancelled (ii) any payment received as of that date will be kept by Big Ears as partial offset for your default, (iii) you will still owe the balance of the full amount due for each ticket and you authorize Front Gate and Big Ears to charge your credit card for any balance due, (iv) Front Gate and Big Ears will be entitled to pursue all of their legal and equitable remedies to recover the full payment from you, and (v) you agree to pay all costs of collection incurred by Front Gate or Big Ears, including legal fees, that they may incur in collecting the balance of each ticket price. Layaway plan tickets are subject to all of the other terms of the ticketing agreement.


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