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July 27, 2017

Here’s how you can get free tickets to this weekend’s XPoNential Fest

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Wilco performs Friday at WXPN’s 2017 XPoNential Music Festival.

Friday kicks off the 23rd annual XPoNential Music Festival, a three-day celebration featuring acts hand-picked by the experts at WXPN to take over the Camden waterfront at BB&T Pavilion.

Day passes for the festival start around $90 ($45 for XPN members), with the whole weekend festival pass running around at least $160 for the general public, but if you happen to have a pre-existing Ticketmaster or Live Nation account, there’s a chance you could see some headliners for much less. Like, for nothing.

If you’ve ever ordered tickets online through Ticketmaster before, you may be too familiar with the pricey fees attached to ticket prices. You may also recall last year when the lawsuit Curt Schlesinger et al v. Ticketmaster made a few headlines, claiming that Ticketmaster’s fees between October 1999 and February 2013 were misleading and unnecessary.

To help compensate for fees past, Ticketmaster quietly rolled out a ton of redeemable ticket vouchers available for account holders who purchased tickets during that contested period. The downside, of course, is that the vouchers can't be used for just any concert you like. Unless you are a voracious fan of Nickelback, finding a voucher for a hotly anticipated show is a bit of a rarity.

Thankfully, Live Nation recently emailed members to let them know of new concerts recently added to the voucher list, and tickets for the headliners at XPoNential Fest this Friday and Saturday are included among them.

That means tickets to see Wilco, Conor Oberst, Amos Lee, Spoon and others could cost you nothing, save for any additional processing fees, which are about $5 a pop (you didn't think Ticketmaster had done away with all its fees, did you?).

To see if you're eligible, simply log in to your Ticketmaster or Live Nation account and visit the member voucher page.