I Wasn’t Drawn in The Ballot

Hello, here is some information about the Ticket System.

Firstly, please be aware that the majority of people who enter the Ballot are not drawn in either round. And that not being drawn in the ballot does NOT mean that you can’t go to Meredith.

In fact the number of people who are at Meredith (at the festival itself) every year who are not personally drawn in the Ballot is greater than the number that are. 

The ticketing system has been designed and implemented over many years with as much fairness as possible. There are far more people who want to go to Meredith than there are tickets available, so the system attempts to make sense of that equation as best it can.

The Ticketing System allows ticket-seekers at least four bites at the cherry, using different methods, at different times. Speed of internet is not a factor. How long you’ve been going is a factor in two of the four allocations. New people are welcome, always have been, always will be. It’s as fair as it can be, when there are many more people than there are tickets.

The Ballot is just the first allocation of tickets. After the two rounds of the Ballot there are Store Sales, then Online Sales, then lastly there’s Aunty’s Last Chance which is based as far as possible ‘on merit’ and looks after those subscribed longest first.

The number of people whose names are drawn in the Ballot equals only about a third of the total people who actually get tickets in the Ballot: each Ballot winner can purchase three tickets. Many people who win the Ballot have friends who also entered the Ballot and so they can look after them with their ‘second’ and ‘third’ ticket. So the Ballot ‘looks after’ three times more people than just the ‘Ballot winners’ – in practice there are three times more ‘Ballot winners’ than it seems at first. If we instead only allowed one ticket purchase per ballot winner, there would be three times as many winners. However that is not a practical solution; it would split up groups of friends and couples and would mean extra postage fees for every single purchaser.

The actual Ballot selection process is indeed random. But the length of time someone has been subscribed is taken into consideration. The First Round is only for existing subscribers, and though it doesn’t guarantee anybody tickets – nobody was ever guaranteed tickets to Meredith in the entire 25 years – it does favour those that have been with the festival longest.

Within that first round draw, the year in which a subscriber subscribed is taken into account. Sometimes anomalies happen whereby longer-term subscribers don’t score and newer ones do. That is the nature of being random. It does favour the longer-term subscribers but it’s not an absolute certainty.

If you are a longterm subscriber and have recently changed your email address, please read this – as it’s important that your ballot history is consolidated and stored on one primary subscriber account.

Let me know if you’d like further explanation.

I fully realise not being drawn in the Ballot – even though it’s random – seems like a rejection, but please don’t take it personally. For what it’s worth, issuing ‘sorry you didn’t win the ballot’ emails is the worst task of my whole year and I dread that August day for months.

The ticketing system has been designed and implemented with as much fairness as possible. There are four bites at the cherry, using different methods, at different times. Speed of internet is not a factor. How long you’ve been going is a factor. New people are welcome. It’s as fair as it can be, when there are way more people than there are tickets.

For more details about each aspect of the system please click here.

Sincerely,