Ahead of the Grammys this Sunday, Porter Robinson will be playing two shows in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium, Thursday and Saturday, as his alter-ego, Virtual Self. While the venue will sell around 5,000 tickets each night, the “Shelter” producer decided to add a third event at the small warehouse 1720 on Friday, which only fits around 800 people.
Knowing passes for entry will be extremely sought-after seeing that it will be an intensely intimate atmosphere and Robinson has promised to play, “3 hours of classic trance / hardtechno / jungle / hardcore / speedcore / virtual self,” he bought 100 tickets with the aim of giving them away to deserving fans. The move was made to keep scalpers from profiting off of people who really want to attend the show and are passionate about the music he will play. In order for the Grammy-nominated artist to let in the right people, he has asked followers to respond to this tweet.
This move is not unheard of in the dance scene where tickets for hot shows can routinely sell out in seconds. Another instance of an artist withholding show passes is when Bassnectar released a large number of them the day of his flagship event, Basscenter VIII, which took place at Madison Square Garden in NYC on October 4th, 2014.