Hello folks. I realize there is often mild confusion regarding advance tickets for Highdive concerts. So I’ll attempt to shed some light on the situation. Essentially, it is no longer cost-effective in this day and age to provide hard tickets (at the outlets much further below). Regardless of the genre of music, the vast majority of people (85-90%) prefer to purchase advance tickets online.

That said, if you consider the time and money it takes to design hard tickets, print them, number them, distribute them, and then collect them on the day of the show… it’s simply not worth it when less than 10 people (often only 2-3 people) seek out an advance ticket the old-fashioned way. I’ve been wrestling for a solution for the last few years, one that will not be confusing or scary or weird for anyone!

At this point I think if you simply email me (INFO@THEHIGHDIVE.COM) and say you wish to buy a hard ticket… I will put your name on a special list at the door that will allow you to pay the cheaper amount (IF there is a different/higher “at the door” price). Bear with me please, as we give this new approach a whirl and see how it works. Thanks a bunch. And thanks for supporting live music!

Sincerely, Ward


Depending on the size of the show, there may simply be a cover charge “at the door” only. For well-known, national touring artists we will also sell tickets online through VENDINI (look for “BUY TICKETS NOW!” buttons associated with each show).

This service is typically intended for people who live outside of Champaign-Urbana and who wish to guarantee entrance to a show 110% before making a semi-lengthy drive. CU residents can certainly use it too! Whatever the case, ALL online ticket sales are just a “WILL-CALL” list. That is, you simply tell the doorperson you purchased tickets online and they check your name off a list.

Occasionally we will also sell actual, physical “advance tickets” for shows that have the distinct possibility to “sell out” (i.e. The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Reverend Horton Heat). For such larger and designated concerts… tickets can be purchased at the locations listed below…

Dandelion Vintage Clothing
9 Taylor Street – Champaign
(217) 355-9333

Skins-n-Tins Drum Shop
29 Main Street – Champaign
(217) 352-3786

Exile on Main Street
1 Main Street – Champaign
(217) 398-6246