Another wonderful blog from a wonderful Nowhere friend

Here is another blog post from a Nowhere friend: Nowhere & I by Leaf.

I have not posted my own experiences, but since Leaf and Daydreamer, or Julien and Jonás as I got to know them, have written them down so beautifully and they correspond so much with my own feelings I will just promote their blogs here.

I jus got goosbumps all over reading that Julien caried, and maybe is still carying, the wish I made at Nowhere:

This year at Nowhere I made a wish on a bracelet, «I wish nev­er to loose the mag­ic», some­one some­where might be wear­ing it, or as kept it in some place, as I did for the «wish to be fear­less» I took in ex­change.

So be sure to follow Julien/Leaf’s blog at and Jonás/Daydreamer’s blog.

Back from Nowhere

Just got back to Brussels from Nowhere. Did strike for a couple of days, had to leave on Wednesday, so missed the last night on site xhack probably turned into a party and also missed the Barcelona after party.

Got the van full taking some hasidic Jew from Übertown and a squater from London and had a great time driving back. To bad we couldn’t take the weather with us.

Secure Ticket Exchange Program “want list” online

I managed to register myself in the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) want list. Only after 18 minutes, as the site was unreachable for me untill then, brought down under the load of probably thousands of people wanting to get in the want list queue as soon as possible to at least have a shot at getting one of those so hard to get Burning Man 2012 tickets. I’m not even hoping to get tickets anymore, but you never know. At least I’m in the queue, no idea where, but there cannot be more then 2000 before me. :-/

Dear Burner,

Welcome to the STEP Announcement List.  We'll be using this email list to keep you informed about STEP.  

Today at noon PST the WANT list for the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) opens. We have in the past few days seen some tickets posted for sale in the HAVE category. 

However, as we all know the demand for tickets for Burning Man 2012 has been significantly higher than our supply. This means that the HAVE list will never satisfy the WANT list. Additionally, we want everyone to remember that the STEP program is not intended as dependable flow of ticket availability it is designed as a secure, hassle-free resale option. We want STEP to be effective in that regard.

Rather than allow an unlimited queue of WANT to form without any reasonable chance of an equally high number of HAVE tickets entering the system we will need to pause the sign ups when the WANT list reaches 2000. We will reopen the list periodically as a few hundred tickets are sold. This will happen on a revolving basis contingent upon the flow and rate of exchanges that transpire. We will not be sending any further warning emails about the pending pause or the reopening. It is up to you, the WANT-lister to check back via your URL as you see fit.

There are a few hundred tickets in the HAVE queue awaiting the start of STEP WANT, but that's not enough to satisfy the demand. It is enough to allow the system to open back up again in a few days as buyers pick up their email and decide to purchase the ticket they were notified is available. Please remember there are only 72 hours to reply to a HAVE ticket for sale. Once the offer expires the next person in line will be given an opportunity to purchase. We know this is a short window, but we need to keep the list moving and create as much opportunity for as many possible participants to purchase a ticket and attend Burning Man.

We fully recognize that STEP won't satisfy the majority of people still hoping for tickets to Burning Man, but it wasn't designed to satisfy that flow. Though it was originally designed for anyone wanting a ticket to buy one via the exchange we felt it prudent to instead limit buying to those who originally registered for a ticket and were not chosen in the January Main Sale drawing.

Some of you may not be entering STEP and are instead waiting for the direct ticket redistribution of the remaining 10,000 tickets that had been intended for the March 28th open sale. Please, If you are part of a theme camp or art car project we urge your team leadership to follow through and submit a questionnaire by March 8th so that direct sale allocations can be confirmed. Placers have accelerated part of their timeline to begin to sort through the distribution. The Placement staff sent out information to recent camps from the past few years, please encourage leadership with important projects and teams to follow through with filling out the questionnaire immediately.

Low Income ticket applications are coming in very steadily, and this program is likely to sell out quickly also. Our criteria and process for determining qualifications can be satisfied by filling out the application and attaching evidence of income. 

Lastly, we do believe that the summer will offer it's annual "change of plans" opportunities to buy a ticket. We know that seems long to wait, but it will be worth it for those that can. We urge Burners to not buy from scalpers and not sell to scalpers. The scalping system depends on people paying inflated prices, if we're going to fight the system it means Burners need to fight it together.

This is a challenging time of change and growth without room to grow the desert city we love. We are working to do what we can to ensure the social fabric of Burning Man 2012 will be intact, and in doing so are looking to what our process for 2013 will look like. Please stay connected to our various means of communication and please continue sharing constructive feedback.

We wish you the best in your efforts to reach Black Rock City 2012.

~ The Burning Man Organizers

Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP)

Tickets available on STEP starting this Friday, 12 noon PST or 9 PM CET. Fingers crossed!

Burning Man’s Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) launches this week. STEP is an online system that facilitates the safe resale of tickets that have been purchased directly from Burning Man, and is designed to provide a hassle-free, secure way of buying and selling Burning Man tickets while avoiding scammers, counterfeits and scalpers.

On Friday, March 2 at 12 noon PST, we’ll open up STEP to those wanting tickets, inviting those who registered for the Pre-Sale and Main Sale but did not receive tickets to join the “want tickets” queue, on a first-come first-served basis. If you are one of those people, watch your inbox for an email containing sign up information in the next few days (if you don’t get an email by Thursday, visit and select “Missing STEP email” from the drop down menu). When you opt to turn your original Pre-Sale or Main Sale registration into a sign up for the “want tickets” list, you will be signed up as requesting the same number of tickets through STEP as you originally requested.

STEP FAQ online at The (hopefully) All Inclusive List of Questions Regarding Burning Man Tickets”

Burning Man tickets update

OK, so the March open sale has been discontinued. SO unless you are one of the people BMORG deems indespensable for making Burning Man 2012 happen, there isn’t a way to buy tickets directly any more. Guess I’ll hope for the best, with this STEP thing. But I’m kind of thinking I won’t be able to see the man burn this year.

UPDATE: The March Open Sale of 10,000 tickets has been discontinued. Burning Man has determined that we must redistribute all remaining tickets to a subset of established teams, projects, and collaborations, in order to preserve the core of Black Rock City in 2012. Please see this announcement for more information on the cancellation of that sale.

We will launch our Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) and the opening of our Low Income Ticket Program application on February 29th. Due to overwhelming demand, only previously registered applicants will be eligible to register for STEP purchases.

Aside from our Low Income allocation (4,000 tickets) for qualifying applicants, tickets for Burning Man 2012 are no longer available for purchase.


Burning Man Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP)

UPDATE 2/13/12: We are postponing the launch of our new Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) and the opening of our Low Income Ticket Program application until February 29th so that we can evaluate the current ticket landscape and put measures in place to address the community’s concerns.


Let’s hope this STEP will work and won’t be just another way for scalpers to get their hands on as many tickets as they can…

Burning Man ticket troubles

I tried to obtain a ticket in the main sale, but like a lot of people wasn’t able to get a ticket. Apperently only one in four people were able to get tickets and a lot of people registered more tickets than they needed. Here is a blog post from Bruning Man org (BMORG) about this:

All info on tickets can be found on
The next official sale starts March 28th, but will only have 10.000 tickets, the bulk of tickets (40.000) were already sold in the main sale.

Hope BMORG finds a solution. I was hoping to go to Black Rock City this year.

[edit]More reactions on the ticket troubles: