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How Much Are You Willing to Pay for a Concert Ticket?

Fergie 2012/07/05 21:00:00
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"Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped" was just re-released with an extra chapter following the merger of ticketing giants Ticketmaster and Live Nation. In this revealing exposé of the industry, authors Dean Budnick and Josh Baron tell us that much of the blame for outrageous ticket prices should go to the artists who are much more in control of pricing than the general public realizes. They also point to our role as consumers in creating demand. That being said, how much would you be willing to pay to see your favorite band perform live?

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  • Lord Emperor of Dune 2012/07/06 23:15:51
    Less Than $20
    Lord Emperor of Dune
    +5
    What;s the point of paying $200 to be in a football stadium with a bunch of drunk losers and half a mile away from the stage? You get better "seats" on youtube for free...

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  • xXChemical_RomanticXx 2012/07/06 22:14:41
    $70 +
    xXChemical_RomanticXx
    +1
    If Nightwish were doing a reunion concert with Tarja Turunen. Or if I were going to see Tokio Hotel.
  • Wesloco 2012/07/06 22:06:37
    $70 +
    Wesloco
    +2
    Are you kidding? For live concerts for my favorite artist I think the prices are a deal! Other prices are what are over the roof, e.g.: $12 for a movie ticket and once inside $5 for a hot dog, $5 for a drink and $7 for popcorn! That's where the highway robbery occurs!
  • Dave 007 Wesloco 2012/07/07 12:08:32
    Dave 007
    +1
    You have it half right. Concerts are also way too over priced.
  • Vieuphoria 2012/07/06 22:05:38
    $70 +
    Vieuphoria
    +2
    I dread to think how much i've spent. But I've been known to spend anywhere between £10 up to £250 on a concert. Anywhere from clubs to massive festivals. All the bands I've seen (ish),

    Manic Street Preachers w/ Razorlight - Plymouth Pavilions - 10.12.04

    Green Day w/ New Found Glory - Plymouth Pavilions - 02.02.05

    Bullet For My Valentine w/ Candira - Truro Hall For Cornwall - 13.10.05

    The Darkness w/ The Ark - Plymouth Pavilions - 16.02.06

    Muse - 2006 Eden Sessions - The Eden Project - 22.08.06

    Trivium w/ Annihialtor, Gojira & Sanctity - Plymouth Pavilions - 20.04.07

    Manic Street Preachers w/ Kids In Glass Houses - Truro Hall For Cornwall - 03.06.07

    Enter Shikari w/ Hundred Reasons & Your Demise - Plymouth Pavilions - 03.11.07

    Korn w/ Flyleaf & Deathstars - Plymouth Pavilions - 22.01.08

    Robots In Disguise w/ The Michelles & Dirty Fingernails - Exeter The Hub - 08.02.08

    Hadouken! w/ Master Shortie & Inner City Pirates - Exeter Phoenix - 22-07-08

    Reading Festival 2008 - Anti-Flag, Future Of The Left, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Taking Back Sunday, Be Your Own PET, Steven Lynch, MGMT, Queens Of The Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine, Kid iD, The Subways, We Are Scientists (Acoustic), Louis XIV, Editors, The Racontuers, Bloc Party, Justice, Bullet For My Valentine, Manic St...





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    I dread to think how much i've spent. But I've been known to spend anywhere between £10 up to £250 on a concert. Anywhere from clubs to massive festivals. All the bands I've seen (ish),

    Manic Street Preachers w/ Razorlight - Plymouth Pavilions - 10.12.04

    Green Day w/ New Found Glory - Plymouth Pavilions - 02.02.05

    Bullet For My Valentine w/ Candira - Truro Hall For Cornwall - 13.10.05

    The Darkness w/ The Ark - Plymouth Pavilions - 16.02.06

    Muse - 2006 Eden Sessions - The Eden Project - 22.08.06

    Trivium w/ Annihialtor, Gojira & Sanctity - Plymouth Pavilions - 20.04.07

    Manic Street Preachers w/ Kids In Glass Houses - Truro Hall For Cornwall - 03.06.07

    Enter Shikari w/ Hundred Reasons & Your Demise - Plymouth Pavilions - 03.11.07

    Korn w/ Flyleaf & Deathstars - Plymouth Pavilions - 22.01.08

    Robots In Disguise w/ The Michelles & Dirty Fingernails - Exeter The Hub - 08.02.08

    Hadouken! w/ Master Shortie & Inner City Pirates - Exeter Phoenix - 22-07-08

    Reading Festival 2008 - Anti-Flag, Future Of The Left, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Taking Back Sunday, Be Your Own PET, Steven Lynch, MGMT, Queens Of The Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine, Kid iD, The Subways, We Are Scientists (Acoustic), Louis XIV, Editors, The Racontuers, Bloc Party, Justice, Bullet For My Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, The Death Set, Robots In Disguise, Henry Rollins, Plain White T's, Dropkick Murphy's, The FF'ers, Hadouken!, The Music, Pendulum, Tenacious D - Reading Festival 2008 - 22-24th August 2008

    Elbow w/ Jesca Hoop - Truro Hall For Cornwall - 08-08-08

    Dylan Moran - Truro Hall For Cornwall - 15-11-08

    Peter Doherty w/ Roses Kings Castles & Dot Allison - Brighton Dome - 19-03-09

    Russell Howard - Plymouth Pavilions - 03-07-09

    NIN|JA Tour - Nine Inch Nails w/ Jane's Addiction & Mew - Manchester Evening News Arena - 14-07-09

    Jimmy Carr - Truro Hall For Cornwall - 03-09-09

    Reading Festival 2009 - Dananananaykroyd, New Found Glory, Hugh Lennon, Deftones, Fall Out Boy, Placebo, Soulsavers With Mark Lanegan, Faith No More, Eagles Of Death Metal, Patrick Wolf, Them Crooked Vultures, The Courteeners, 36 Days Of Static, The Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys, Noah & The Whale, The Living End, The View, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Radiohead. - Reading Festival 2009 - 28-30 August 2009

    Arctic Monkeys w/ Eagles Of Death Metal - Wembley Arena - 17-11-2009

    Arctic Monkeys w/ Eagles Of Death Metal - Wembley Arena - 18-11-2009

    Soulavers w/Exit Calm & The Tenebrous Liar - Camden Electric Ballroom - 11-12-2009

    Lily Allen & Dizze Rascal - O2 Arena - 07/03/2010

    Fun Lovin' Criminals w/ The Chemists - London Koko -16/03/2010

    The Courteeners w/ The Whip - O2 Academy Brixton - 18/03/2010

    Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip w/ B. Dolan & Sound Of Rum - London Koko - 23/03/2010

    Laura Marling w/ Alessi's Ark & Boy and Bear - London Palladium - 25/04/2010

    The Temper Trap w/ Sarah Blasko - Shepherds Bush Empire - 30/04/2010

    Hole w/ Little Fish & Tiffany Page - O2 Academy Brixton - 05/05/2010

    Pavement w/ Sic Alps - O2 Academy Brixton - 12/05/2010

    Glastonbury Festival 2010 - Rolf Harris, Joshua Radin, The Stranglers, The Courteeners, Phoenix, La Roux, Florence & The Machine, Gorillaz, I Blame Coco, Reef, Coheed & Cambria, Imogen Heap, The National, Biffy Clyro, Shakira, Scissor Sisters, Laura Marling, Paloma Faith, Slash, Ray Davies, Jack Johnson, Faithless, Stevie Wonder - Glastonbury Festival 2010 - 24/06/2010

    Reading Festival 2010 - Emo Philips, Civet, Gogol Bordello, NoFX, Avi Buffalo, Warpaint, Queens Of The Stone Age, Little Fish, Guns n Roses, The Gaslight Anthem, Modest Mouse, Kids In Glass Houses, Frank Turner, Dizzee Rascal, The Libertines, Atari Teenage Riot, Ash, Arcade Fire, Angelos Epithemieu, Limp Bizkit, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Paramore, Blink-182, Klaxons - Reading Festival - 26/06/2010

    Glastonbury Festival 2011 - The Master Musicians Of Joujouka, Metronomy, Two Door Cinema Club, Wu Tang Clan, B.B. King, Biffy Clyro, Jimmy Cliff, Mumford & Sons, U2, Tame Impala, The Twilight Singers, Mark Thomas, Warpaint, Jimmy Eat World, Noah & The Whale, Battles, Coldplay, Don McLean, Laura Marling, Paul Simon, TV On The Radio, Eels, Pendulum, Beyonce - Pilton - 22-26/06/2011

    The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin) w/ Dinosaur Jr (performing Bug) - Alexandra Palace - 01/06/2011

    UWE Freshers All-Stars Party - Rizzle Kicks, The View & Lethal Bizzle - University Of The West Of England, Bristol - 24/09/2011

    Little Dragon w/ White Hinterland - The Thekla, Bristol - 02/12/2011

    Manic Street Preachers present National Treasures live - O2 Arena, London - 17/12/2011

    The Horrors w/ Toy - Trinity Center, Bristol - 20/01/2012

    NME Awards Tour - Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, Tribes, Azealia Banks - O2 Academy, Bristol - 20/02/2012

    Mark Lanegan Band w/Creature With The Atom Brain - O2 Academy, Bristol - 04/03/2012

    Upcoming...
    Blur - Plymouth Pavilions, Devon - 07/08/2012
    Reading Festival - 24-27/08/2012

    Love a good gig :D
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  • ģhøṡτ øώl Vieuphoria 2012/07/07 13:16:36
    ģhøṡτ øώl
    +1
    You've been to some awesome shows!
  • Vieuphoria ģhøṡτ øώl 2012/07/07 13:47:45
    Vieuphoria
    +1
    Yeah. I'm a big music fan. Try to go as regular as I can :)
  • Daryl 2012/07/06 20:57:56
    Less Than $20
    Daryl
    +1
    I don't pay for music unless it's live and voluntary.
  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2012/07/06 20:35:30
  • May 2012/07/06 20:29:42
    $20-$50
    May
    +1
    A lot of it depends on who in the concert and where it is at. I am not a big concert fan due to the noise and crowds. You can see them better on a DVD. I prefer the smaller more intimate ones but then those are not usually big names. Also I think my age is a factor.
  • heeheemee 2012/07/06 20:22:27
    $20-$50
    heeheemee
    +1
    If it's going to cost me more than $40, with all the surcharges and fees tagged on, I won't be going.
  • FrodoAtTheDisco 2012/07/06 20:10:14
    $70 +
    FrodoAtTheDisco
    +1
    It really depends on who you are going to see.
    I spent $82 a ticket to go see American Idiot in concert.
  • lolitalovely 2012/07/06 19:57:00
    Less Than $20
    lolitalovely
    +1
    Most good multi-band concerts, I would pay $20-50 for tickets, but there's a yearly concert around here that is completely free. The free one is the one I usually go to. all the good bands are way too expensive. for example, Evanescence came through here a few months ago; Coheed and Cambria a month or so earlier. The tickets for either concert were $70 a person. I have to buy 2 tickets just to go because I don't have public transportation or a car. I can't afford $100+. concerts are wonderful places, though.
  • Amy Lynn 2012/07/06 19:32:41
    $20-$50
    Amy Lynn
    +1
    I love the bands the atmosphere the whole live experience. However. I remember, and it wasn't that long ago, that I'd go to concerts like 3x a month. NOW who can afford it? I still love my lil dives, local clubs, bands etc. Just cannot see paying more than $40 a person, including parking, serv fees etc. for a 'major' venue, that is getting way out of hand. just like movie tickets. ~but that's another topic.
  • rosebud 2012/07/06 19:24:58
    Less Than $20
    rosebud
    +1
    I know they are there to make money, but the venue Size indicates they are making lot$ of money. Seems a lot of little folks who might like to attend are being left out completely due to high price$.
  • Centrist_Bill 2012/07/06 18:47:28
    $70 +
    Centrist_Bill
    +4
    I have a credit card that I rarely use devoted to the Led Zeppelin reunion.
  • Fergie Centris... 2012/07/06 20:15:12
    Fergie
    +1
    Did you use it for their O2 show or are you waiting to use it in case they reunite sometime in the future?
  • Centris... Fergie 2012/07/06 21:26:39
    Centrist_Bill
    +1
    I couldnt get the passport in time. I would prefer a US tour though. They tend to be more "Aggressive" in the States.
  • Wesloco Centris... 2012/07/06 22:10:23
  • Centris... Wesloco 2012/07/07 19:25:25
    Centrist_Bill
    +1
    OMG now that takes me WAY back!!
  • Headshot760 2012/07/06 18:36:06
    $70 +
    Headshot760
    +3
    Doesn't matter how much I have to pay. The experience of seeing your favorite band play live just a couple of feet in front of you is priceless. The reason ticket prices are high now is all the downloading people do. Bands don't sell that many CDs anymore so ticket prices are jacked up to make up for it.
  • Chip Headsho... 2012/07/06 19:13:55
    Chip
    Bands have never made much money off CDs. It's always been merchandise and ticket sales.
  • Headsho... Chip 2012/07/07 20:28:59
    Headshot760
    Yes I know bands earn I think it's a few cents they earn for each CD they sell, but compared to how they used to sell millions of records back then to a couple of hundred thousands nowadays, that's a pretty big loss.
  • whisper... Headsho... 2012/07/08 09:06:38
    whispering hands
    +1
    I completely agree. I know the people on here who disagree with us are entitled to their own opinions and all, but i just don't understand how they think it's "stupid" and "foolish" to spend $70+ seeing my IDOLS before my very eyes. There is absolutely nothing in this world compared to that.
  • beyondtheparadoxical 2012/07/06 18:29:40
    $70 +
    beyondtheparadoxical
    +2
    I usually try to keep it under $50, mostly because I go to tons of shows, but for the right person I will pay more. And there have been a couple times that I've paid over $100 for a ticket... Most recently I dropped $250 for vip madonna tickets in November. :D
  • HipJipC 2012/07/06 18:12:21
    $70 +
    HipJipC
    +1
    I was only willing to pay this on one show because it included V.I.P. stuff and a meet and greet with the members of Daniel Lioneye and also Cradle of Filth was playing too! Other than that it would be the $20-$50 range.
  • PeeDonkeyPit 2012/07/06 17:58:11
    Less Than $20
    PeeDonkeyPit
    +2
    Why pay huge amounts of money to climb onto a divider and pee into a sink because the line for the 'room is 100 miles long? Shoot! You can do that in shopping malls for free...
  • ☆FritzW☆ 2012/07/06 17:56:29
    $20-$50
    ☆FritzW☆
    +2
    I haven't attended a concert in eons primarily because of the ludicrous ticket prices. It amazes me when I see a pair of tickets to see the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour (granted it might be their last) pushing $500.00. To be fair, it's a package deal with VIP backstage or something like that, but still.. I just can't justify paying that kind of money to see them. I would much rather rent a DVD or purchase the latest CD and enjoy the music. I don't NEED to see them on a stage.. I want, but not at those prices. But even worse, how about the folks who have tickets and decide to sell them.. I saw, for the same concert, prices hitting $800.00 for one seat. Well.. the market will bear what the buyer is willing to pay. Just not me.
  • Dave 007 ☆FritzW☆ 2012/07/07 12:11:13
    Dave 007
    Back in the 90's the beach boys played after a preseason Browns football game. And most people left before they played.
  • ☆FritzW☆ Dave 007 2012/07/07 20:43:19
    ☆FritzW☆
    lol.. I hear ya :) I do like their sound, but not at 70 plus years old and $250.00 a pop. At least back then they were still a little sprite. :)
  • KeithL 2012/07/06 17:35:34
  • phil 2012/07/06 17:07:44
    $70 +
    phil
    +2
    If Culture Club came back with men with out hats over 200 per tic
  • Wesloco phil 2012/07/06 22:13:48
  • phil Wesloco 2012/07/12 17:05:57
    phil
    +1
    Blast from the past. Thanks
  • 16 2012/07/06 17:04:36
    $20-$50
    16
    +1
    We usually have local shows here. I think the most I payed for a show is like 12.
  • lizard7 2012/07/06 17:03:24
    $70 +
    lizard7
    +2
    Depends on who it is
  • darbecle 2012/07/06 16:57:43
    $70 +
    darbecle
    +1
    It all depends who the entertainer is. A Rihanna Mmm maybe not. A Britney? Hell no. A Beyoncé... Yeees!
  • jcadla 2012/07/06 16:56:25
  • Kingarthurup 2012/07/06 16:56:05
    Less Than $20
    Kingarthurup
    +1
    Depends on who is in concert... Floyd = $350+ .... 50 cent = $.35 cents

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