In its 3rd year, Ogden Twilight sees highest ticket sales ever

Thursday , June 01, 2017 - 5:15 AM

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — As the third year of Ogden Twilight gets underway Thursday night, co-founder Jared Allen said the summer concert series is prepared for its best year yet. 

“We’ve learned a lot along the way,” Allen said of the past two concert series. “The (Ogden) amphitheater has had great upgrades... We’ve gotten better at booking and logistics. The staff has gotten better at their jobs. We’re confident going into it.”

Allen’s confidence has also been boosted by high pre-sale tickets for this year’s concert series — Ogden Twilight sold more in its first week this year than it did during its entire first run in 2015.

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“Ticket sales are fantastic,” Allen said. 

Hosted every Thursday night in June at the Ogden Amphitheater, the headliners at this year’s Twilight series include indie rock bands OK Go and The Shins, as well as electro-pop trio Miike Snow. Three of the five concert VIP ticket sections have sold out and season pass ticket sales are up “1,100 percent” from previous years, Allen said. 

The Shins, who released their first album in five years in March, have been the top attraction, with more than 4,000 pre-sale tickets purchased before the band takes the stage June 22. At $10 for presale tickets and $13.50 for day-of, seeing The Shins will be slightly more expensive than Twilight’s usual $5 advance and $7.50 day-of price tag, and Allen said organizers were a bit nervous about that. 

“It seems to have been well-received, so we’re thinking about booking more bands at that price point, knowing that it can be successful,” he said. 

More than 3,000 pre-sale tickets have been sold for OK Go’s June 8 show — and Allen expects there’s a good chance both those shows will sell out. 

Purity Ring was Twilight’s previous best selling artist at 1,900 pre-sale tickets. 

“I think the fourth week will be out biggest week,” he said. “This is the most tickets we’ve ever done in advance. Ticket sales are usually pretty light before the week of the show. Previously, tickets have essentially doubled through Wednesday, doubled again the day of the show ... if it follows that formula, several shows will sell out. 

“I’m really excited,” Allen said. “We’re the most prepared this year than we’ve ever been.” 

Gates open at 5 p.m., with local spotlight bands playing at 6 p.m. and special guests at 7 p.m. The headliner will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at 24tix.com or at all Graywhale Entertainment locations and Lavender Vinyl in Ogden. Tickets also can be used for rides on Utah Transit Authority trains and FrontRunner the night of the show. 

General admission tickets are $5 to $10 in advance and $8.50 to $13.50 the day of the show. 


2017 OGDEN TWILIGHT LINE-UP 

June 1: Oh Land with special guest Wild Belle

Nanna Øland Fabricius, known by her stage name Oh Land, is a Danish singer-songwriter who released her debut album, “Fauna,” in 2008. She released her fourth album in 2014. “Earth Sick” is described as a “hybrid of symphonic and electronic sounds, masterfully woven together.”

The indie pop brother-sister duo Wild Belle will return to Ogden Twilight for the second year in a row. Natalie and Elliot Bergman have collaborated with Major Lazer and released their second album, “Dreamland,” in 2016.

June 8: OK Go with special guest Dan Deacon

Known for their creative and viral music videos, alternative rock band OK Go formed in Chicago in 1998. The quartet, made up of Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, and Andy Ross, released its fourth album, “Hungry Ghosts,” in 2014.

Dan Deacon is an electronic music composer from Baltimore who has released eight albums, the most recent of which, “Glass Riffer,” was released in 2015. He is known for his interactive live shows.

June 15: TroyBoi and Louis the Child

TroyBoi is a London musician known for specializing in “extraordinarily unique, versatile, and highly musical trap beats.” He is also one half of the producer/DJ duo SoundSnobz.

Louis the Child, a Chicago-based duo, is known for electronic dance music singles “Fire,” “It’s Strange” and “Weekend.”

June 22: The Shins with special guest Pure Bathing Culture

From Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Shins formed in 1996 and their 2001 debut album, “Oh, Inverted World,” sold nearly a million copies. Their song, “New Slang,” was prominently featured in the 2004 film “Garden State.”

Pure Bathing Culture is an indie rock duo from Portland, Oregon, that has released two full-length albums. 

June 29: Miike Snow with special guest Klangstof

An Swedish, indie electro-pop trio, Miike Snow released their debut, self-titled album in 2009. They have released two subsequent albums, and are known for songs “Heart Is Full” and “Genghis Khan.”

Klangstof is a Dutch/Norwegian indie rock band based in Amsterdam. The group released its first album, “Close Eyes to Exit,” and played Coachella in 2017. 

Reach digital producer Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh or Facebook.com/ByJessKokesh.

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