When Gabe Roth writes that recently stolen items from his studio include "A whole bunch of condensor and dynamic microphones (I still need to figure out exactly what's missing)," that's potentially a huge loss. Roth is one of the masterminds behind Daptone Records, and their recording philosophy includes a reliance on older gear. Even if it didn't cost that much, it can't be easy to find and replace some of the more unique items. A complete list of the stolen gear can be found here, among other places. Here's hoping they get their gear back soon. And if this doesn't serve as a cautionary tale to get insurance and security, I don't know what does.
Think the prices on tickets for the huge conglomer-festivals are too high? Put it on layaway! A friend of mine sent me this link detailing the installment plans some festivals have put in place to sell their tickets. If you can't afford the lump sum, sounds like the shows are willing to work with you. No word if the same installment plan is available for the food and beverage concessions they'll be overcharging you for at the venue.