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Paradiso 2016: Your Guide to the Lineup, Tickets, and More

Everything you need to know (including the best way to buy the cheapest tickets)

Ahh yes. Festival Season. That special time of year when the weather starts to get warmer, and the summer planning begins. Let’s not forget one of the most exciting parts of that either: The lineups. We’ve already gotten them for festivals like Shambhala, FVDED in the Park, and Summer Meltdown. But there’s something particularly special about the day Paradiso’s lineup officially goes live.

Lineup

Ever since it first debuted at the Gorge back in 2012, Paradiso has become the premier destination festival here in the Pacific Northwest. Each year has managed to be even bigger than the last, and based on the lineup for Paradiso 2016, it looks like USC Events will be keeping with that theme once again:

The Paradiso 2016 full lineup flyer

It’s hard to deny the power of headliners like Bassnectar, Hardwell, Excision, and New World Punx, especially when backed up by PNW favorites like Datsik, Andrew Rayel, and The Chainsmokers. All in all, it’s certainly one of the more diverse Paradiso lineups we’ve ever seen.

Tickets & Info

We’re mere months away from Paradiso now, and with a lineup like this, you can bet tickets will be going fast. To help you plan your festival weekend accordingly, we’ve compiled all the information you could possibly need about buying tickets, camping, and even setting up a payment plan to ensure you don’t miss out.

Peep all the ticket information below, and strap in: Paradiso 2016 promises to be the best one yet.

Before we dig into the specifics here, it’s important to keep in mind that with every year, expenses for virtually all festivals go up. Booking artists and constructing stages isn’t cheap, and ticket prices are typically set to reflect this. That being said, the price bump for Paradiso 2016 isn’t far off from last year’s number. A GA ticket will run you $199 on Ticketmaster without figuring in for fees (which will likely bring the total closer to $220-225).

GA Purchase link: http://livemu.sc/1U9T2Xz

If online buying fees aren’t your thing, don’t fret — $170 tickets are available at select retails outlets now. That being said, quantities are limited across the board, so be sure to call ahead to see how many tickets (if any) are available should you go this route.

Silver Platters Lynnwood
3715 196th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Silver Platters SoDo
2930 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

Silver Platters Bellevue
2616 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

35th Ave Skates (South)
28717 Pacific Hwy S
Federal Way, WA 98003

Rocket Records (Opens at 11am)
3823 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406

Rainy Day Records
301 5th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Recorded Memories
1902 N Hamilton St
Spokane, WA 99207

Future Shock Records (Opens at 11am)
1914 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

Let’s face it: Money can get tight come festival season. Even with fee-free tickets readily available, it’s not easy scraping together enough cash for a weekend of spending that can add up quickly. Luckily, USC is offering a series of payment plans for both General Admission and VIP.

Payment Plan Purchase Link: http://bit.ly/1SWUECe

General Admission Payment Plans:

OPTION #1 *(Available from 3/18 – 4/1)

PAYMENT PLAN OPTION: All subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the credit card used for the initial purchase on the 5th of each month after initial charge (payment dates and amounts):

Payment 1 – Purchase Date, $75.75
Payment 2 – April 5, 2016, $75.75
Payment 3 – May 5, 2016, $75.75

OPTION #2 *(Available from 4/2 – 5/1)

PAYMENT PLAN OPTION: All subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the credit card used for the initial purchase on the 5th of each month after initial charge (payment dates and amounts):

Payment 1 – Purchase Date, $75.75
Payment 2 – May 5, 2016, $75.75
Payment 3 – June 1, 2016, $75.75

Celestial VIP Payment Plan

OPTION #1 (Available from 3/18 – 4/1)

PAYMENT PLAN OPTION: All subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the credit card used for the initial purchase on the 5th of each month after initial charge (payment dates and amounts):

Payment 1 – Purchase Date, $119.08
Payment 2 – April 5, 2016, $119.08
Payment 3 – May 5, 2016, $119.09

OPTION #2 (Available from 4/2 – 5/1)

PAYMENT PLAN OPTION: All subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the credit card used for the initial purchase on the 5th of each month after initial charge (payment dates and amounts):

Payment 1 – Purchase Date, $119.08
Payment 2 – May 5th, 2016, $119.08
Payment 3 – June 1st, 2016, $119.09

Paradiso Experience VIP Payment Plan

OPTION #1 (Available from 3/18 – 4/1)

PAYMENT PLAN OPTION: All subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the credit card used for the initial purchase on the 5th of each month after initial charge (payment dates and amounts):

Payment 1 – Purchase Date, $176.08
Payment 2 – April 5, 2016, $176.08
Payment 3 – May 5, 2016, $176.09

OPTION #2 (Available from 4/2 – 5/1)

PAYMENT PLAN OPTION: All subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the credit card used for the initial purchase on the 5th of each month after initial charge (payment dates and amounts). Fees included in all payment plan pricing:

Payment 1 – Purchase Date, $176.08
Payment 2 – May 5th, 2016, $176.08
Payment 3 – June 1st, 2016, $176.09

So let’s say you’ve been saving up those dollars since the last Paradiso, in hopes of upgrading your festival experience in a big way. If that’s the case, then you have a host of options available to you in the form of either of the Celestial or Paradiso Experience packages.

Purchase Link: http://bit.ly/22ouWMU

Celestial VIP (2-day pass)

Price: $329
Age Restriction: 18+
Perks: 
– Exclusive VIP Will-Call Box Office (No Line, Easy Access)
– Separate Hassle-Free VIP Entrance
– Commemorative VIP Laminate & Lanyard
– VIP Gift Bag
– Personalized Silk Screen T – Shirt
– Access to Private VIP Only Lounges
– Expedited Entry into Rides & Attractions
– Preferred Access to Artist Meet & Greet (based on artist availability)
– In & Out Venue Privileges
– Access to Exclusive VIP Water Station!

The Paradiso Experience (2-day pass)

Price: $500
Age Restriction: 21+
Perks:
Everything in the Celestial Package, plus…

– Paradiso-Branded Water Bottle (refillable for free at all USC Events festivals)
– Access to the Cliff House VIP Area (near the main stage with air conditioned private restrooms, private cash bar, special menu, and the best view in the venue of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge)
– Exclusive Side Stage VIP Access
– Complimentary STAR Parking
– Access to Private “The Paradiso Experience” Only Bar Areas

There are four options for camping: Standard, Premier, Gold, and Terrace. Premier, Gold, and Terrace have all been known to sell-out within the day they go on sale, and all three have a strict 6-person-per-campsite limit. Standard is virtually guaranteed to not sell out.

Camping Purchase link: http://livemu.sc/1VheEjJ

Standard ($99.50/vehicle)

Let’s just say there’s a reason Standard camping is nicknamed “District 9.” This is where a bulk of the campsite partying goes down, and for not a lot of money you can have tons of fun. That being so, it’s bare-bones amenities in the form of a 15’x25′ spot and $3 showers. Often noise won’t subside until 5-6am (when security starts shutting parties down), making it the best place to be if you’re looking to continue on past the festival’s 2am closing time. If you plan on camping with friends in other cars, arrive together in line so that attendants can direct you to adjacent spaces.

Premier ($185/vehicle)

This one’s next option up, located right next to Standard, and giving you a roomier 25’x50′ campsite. The area is fenced off, allowing only campers with Premier wristbands inside (maximum 6 per site). You also get free showers, a shuttle service to the Gorge, and private restrooms. For showering, keep in mind that lines will be pretty crazy just about all hours of the day. If you want to wash up, be prepared to bake in the sun for a little while.

Gold ($245/vehicle)

The biggest advantage of Gold: It’s located directly next to the entrance to the festival (the campsite is the same size as Premier’s). You quite literally roll out of your tent, and there’s the Gorge. For anyone who doesn’t want to deal with lengthy shuttle lines or the mile-long walk back to Standard, this is the one for you, especially for only an additional $20. Also includes private restrooms and showers, but the same disclaimer applies toward lines for both.

Terrace ($315/vehicle)

This is most expensive option, but they make it worth your while. It’s located directly below Premier, so the complimentary shuttle service is still very much a necessity. For anyone looking to shower you can typically walk right in; this is the smallest available section of camping, making it so fewer people are taking up the facilities at any given time. Also comes with complimentary morning pastries/coffee, concierge service, and access to all other campsites. A word of advice, jump on this ASAP. This is typically the first to sell out.

To top it all off, you can also purchase lockers once you’re inside the festival (link here), with the Gorge offering you the option of either a $35 regular locker, or a $40 charging one, allowing you to keep your phone’s battery alive in the summer heat. We highly recommend setting aside money now to ensure you have the best possible Paradiso experience — the longer you wait, the higher the likelihood that things start selling out. Now go out and plan your summer right, and we’ll see you at the Gorge this June!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks, Dance Music Northwest is gearing up to launch the greatest Paradiso giveaway ever in early May!

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