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rolls1392rolls1392 Frets: 173
Saw a Joe Bonnamaasa gig advertised relatively locally ie. In Plymouth which is not too far from the depths of Cornwall where I live.
However when trying to book tickets I couldn't book through the venue but through a company called Ticketmaster.
Tickets prices I thought were a bit gob smacking between £85 and £165.
Now are these prices highly inflated or am I completely out of touch?
Thoughts......
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1946


    All those guitars don't restring themselves...
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3579
    Recent prices paid for me have been Stones £85, Nick Mason £50, Kate Bush tribute £15

    I saw Bonamassa in Shepards Bush once for £60, it was so packed I just about got in the door and could only see the bass players arm occasionally and the brass players head

    I could certainly hear Joe's guitar though ..it was stupidly louder than everything else
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9442
    Most big acts are too cheap, which allows touts to get in and make money.

    Joe Bonamassa is the other way round and in no way justifies the ticket price, as far as I can tell. 165 is a hell of a lot of money to see some bloke play some blues. I only paid 90 to see Clapton a few years ago 
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  • rolls1392rolls1392 Frets: 173
    I've seen Clapton twice, and a while back Gary Moore.
    Tickets were a fair bit less.
    JB not worth £165 to me
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  • NikkoNikko Frets: 1790
    When you say...

    However when trying to book tickets I couldn't book through the venue but through a company called Ticketmaster.

    ...it suggests that you have never heard of them, in which case yes, you are a 'bit' out of touch :)

    That does seem hella expensive though; is that before or after booking fees etc?
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  • rolls1392rolls1392 Frets: 173
    Nikko said:
    When you say...

    However when trying to book tickets I couldn't book through the venue but through a company called Ticketmaster.

    ...it suggests that you have never heard of them, in which case yes, you are a 'bit' out of touch :)

    That does seem hella expensive though; is that before or after booking fees etc?
    That' inclusive of booking fees
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1598
    Even a lot of tribute acts appear to be £25-£30 now which seems steep.  I paid similar for australian pink floyd and the eagles but its a lot.
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5128
    Ticketbastard is pretty much why I’ve stopped going to big arena gigs. They ramp their already inflated prices up so much with stealth add-on charges. I’d rather go to a small pub gig and put some money in the jug or fork out £12-15 at our local football club to see some decent bands. We’ve seen Wishbone Ash, Skinny Molly, Eric Gales and Focus there in the last year or so. JoBo and Ticketmaster can stick their £165 tickets where the sun don’t shine. 
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3823
    boogieman said:
    Ticketbastard is pretty much why I’ve stopped going to big arena gigs. They ramp their already inflated prices up so much with stealth add-on charges. I’d rather go to a small pub gig and put some money in the jug or fork out £12-15 at our local football club to see some decent bands. We’ve seen Wishbone Ash, Skinny Molly, Eric Gales and Focus there in the last year or so. JoBo and Ticketmaster can stick their £165 tickets where the sun don’t shine. 

    I saw John Illsley on Sunday night for £22 a ticket including fees.  Small venue, and superb musicians.  Much rather do that than pay the kind of money you pay for Bonamassa.

    Discovered this place in West London, only 15 minutes on the Tube:

    http://nellsjazzandblues.uk/

    Got some quite good acts coming up. 

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  • ewalewal Frets: 740
    I reckon my upper limit price is around £30. Thankfully most of the bands I want to see cost a lot less than that, however the days of going to see the likes of Nick Cave are long gone.
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2124
    Be glad you're not going to see Taylor Swift - you don't even get the seat you paid for!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-44396713

    They seem to be a law unto themselves.

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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 5114
    Nitefly said:
    Be glad you're not going to see Taylor Swift - you don't even get the seat you paid for!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-44396713

    They seem to be a law unto themselves.

    I'd have though being further from the stage is a good thing in her case. France maybe?

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  • mikeyrob73mikeyrob73 Frets: 2155
    Yup , the other half likes a wee bit of Snow Patrol, seen they were playing Leeds, thought aye i will treat her FUCKING £83 a ticket FOR SNOW PATROL !!! nope 
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 1109
    This summer's Jeff Beck tickets are at least half to a third of what Joe Bonamassa is charging.

    Whilst I would like to see Bonamassa, I'm not paying his ridiculously high prices. Beck on the other hand is several levels up the guitar god scale, yet more far affordable.

    As they say, go figure.
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 381
    edited June 8
    One of guitar learners is a massive BTS fan, some K-pop nonsense garbage boyband. They're coming to the UK and tickets went on sale at 9am a few days back, sold out in 5 minutes. So they looked elsewhere and some are selling on the black market for £10,000!
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  • rlwrlw Frets: 1660
    fandango said:
    This summer's Jeff Beck tickets are at least half to a third of what Joe Bonamassa is charging.

    Whilst I would like to see Bonamassa, I'm not paying his ridiculously high prices. Beck on the other hand is several levels up the guitar god scale, yet more far affordable.

    As they say, go figure.
    Who is the more popular?  Who sells most records?  Answer. Not Jeff Beck.  Supply and demand.

    I've seen Bonamassa a few times in the past two years and his shows have been exceptional, both in terms of sound quality and the show itself.  All that kit doesn't get there by magic.

    In contrast, Jeff Beck's shows are very low key, low budget affairs and won't appeal to that many people either. 

    I paid over £100 to see King Crimson later this year, about the same for Robert Plant and Sheryl Crow.  All big budget shows at good venues.
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  • ColsCols Frets: 293
    It has been remarked on in the past, and the general consensus is that Joe Bonnamassa is taking the piss on a massive scale with his ticket prices.
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  • richcolrichcol Frets: 10
    These days I'd much rather go to a gig in a small club up to the £30 mark and some of my favourite gigs have been well under that price. Can do a few of those gigs for the price of an arena one.
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 272
    Danny1969 said:
    Recent prices paid for me have been Stones £85, Nick Mason £50, Kate Bush tribute £15

    I saw Bonamassa in Shepards Bush once for £60, it was so packed I just about got in the door and could only see the bass players arm occasionally and the brass players head

    I could certainly hear Joe's guitar though ..it was stupidly louder than everything else

    Paid £50 for Gregory Porter at the Royal Albert Hall, which I didn't think was too bad...bearing in mind the artist and the brilliant venue.

    RE: Joe's loud guitars, a mate went to see Nile Rodgers a couple years ago & said the same thing.
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  • blobbblobb Frets: 881
    No one makes any money selling records anymore.

    £32 to go see Camel - well worth it.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13747
    Nitefly said:
    Be glad you're not going to see Taylor Swift - you don't even get the seat you paid for!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-44396713

    They seem to be a law unto themselves.

    I'd have though being further from the stage is a good thing in her case. France maybe?
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7198
    duotone said:
    Danny1969 said:
    Recent prices paid for me have been Stones £85, Nick Mason £50, Kate Bush tribute £15

    I saw Bonamassa in Shepards Bush once for £60, it was so packed I just about got in the door and could only see the bass players arm occasionally and the brass players head

    I could certainly hear Joe's guitar though ..it was stupidly louder than everything else

    Paid £50 for Gregory Porter at the Royal Albert Hall, which I didn't think was too bad...bearing in mind the artist and the brilliant venue.

    RE: Joe's loud guitars, a mate went to see Nile Rodgers a couple years ago & said the same thing.
    When I saw Nile I complained his guitar was too low in the mix. Beauty in the ear of the beholder maybe. 

    Regarding JoBo it's his living and if he can sell tickets for £80 rather than £40 each it's reasonably hard to blame him especially if at a lower price they'd go to resellers and they'd make the profit and not his organisation. 

    I wouldn't pay it ( I have seen him a couple of times before) but it looks like other people will. 
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11916
    edited June 8
    When I went to see Extreme's anniversary Pornograffiti show, we paid £110 for the tickets.

    However, those were the VIP tickets including meeting the band. I didn't object to that price at all; I think standard tickets were about £20-25.

    It does amuse me when I see people moaning about ticket prices all over social media (not meaning this thread). It never seems to occur to them that, if they looked around a bit for new music, they could get in to see some phenomenal unsigned bands that are right up their alley for a fiver.
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 492
    Looking at that photo @Whitecat posted, I'm guessing that JB needs to charge those ticket prices just to pay his insurance bill.
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  • ColsCols Frets: 293
    When I went to see Extreme's anniversary Pornograffiti show, we paid £110 for the tickets.

    However, those were the VIP tickets including meeting the band. I didn't object to that price at all; I think standard tickets were about £20-25.
    You sod.  I hope you got Nuno to sign your guitar at least.

    Can’t remember what the regular tickets were, but they were certainly less than £40, for a band which filled stadiums in their heyday. And the entire audience (in Manchester anyway) was composed of people who loved the band and were thoroughly enjoying themselves.  It was a great gig.
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11916
    edited June 8
    Cols said:
    When I went to see Extreme's anniversary Pornograffiti show, we paid £110 for the tickets.

    However, those were the VIP tickets including meeting the band. I didn't object to that price at all; I think standard tickets were about £20-25.
    You sod.  I hope you got Nuno to sign your guitar at least.

    Can’t remember what the regular tickets were, but they were certainly less than £40, for a band which filled stadiums in their heyday. And the entire audience (in Manchester anyway) was composed of people who loved the band and were thoroughly enjoying themselves.  It was a great gig.
    Yep, I did. In fact, he signed the headstock...which isn't unusual, because he'll sign anything that sits in front of him for more than 30 second D However, the whole band (including Nuno) also signed the backplate.

    For what it's worth, that gig was basically a religious experience. Never heard any live band sound so good.
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  • DefaultMDefaultM Frets: 1929
    Its just about putting people in to a hostage situation to make the most money.

    If my daughter was really in to say... Adele, I'd look and see that a ticket was £60 and id think "yeah, we can about afford that" and id tell her that id try to get tickets.
    If someone swiped them all up and charged £180 then they know people won't want to disappoint their kids.
    If the original price was £180 I'd immediately tell my daughter no sorry, it's too much, we'll get the blu ray and you can have your friends round.

    Me and my wife really wanted to go see King Crimson, but tickets were £100 or so. Straight away we said no, that's too much. 
    If tickets were £50 then we can afford that, so I set myself the expectation that we're going to get to see one of our favourite bands (if I remember to go online in time). 
    What I don't expect is that some twats with a massive bank balance come and swipe the whole lot in the opening seconds and then try to sell them to us at £150.
    What the fuck? How is that okay?

    I don't even blame them. They've seen an opportunity to make a lot of money and they have the means to do so. Of course they're going to do it if no one is stopping them. There should be people stopping it however as it's unfair.
    Nothing wrong with having a reselling site where people can try make a bit of money after the official sites run out of tickets, but when the official sites are running out of tickets in seconds and then they're immediately on another site for 3 times the price? No.
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  • I used to be on the road 2-3 times a week travelling to watch bands, lived and breathed it and couldn’t get enough of it 

    Can now count on one hand how many gigs I’ve been to in the past 10 years.

    I got sick of all the greed involved in it from greedy promotors, £30 for a fucking t-shirt that’s coat them £2-3 to make.  Though I understand there’s no money in albums anymore but most of the big acts have made their money and then some so they’re clearly not doing it for the love of the music anymore 

    Biggest disappointment was the GNR reunion which I believe is a complete sell out in their part. Shit tickets were expensive enough but towards £250 for an up front seat, get fucked. 
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  • valevale Frets: 1036
    edited June 10
    at a certain level (big names) it's all just a horrendous ego trip, a neon panto fit for the west end, all happily underwritten by punters willing to buy into & perpetuate it. hence the £100s.

    but i know a few shoestring indie bands (here & in EU) who literally depend on ticket take to survive.
    they have bandcamps & merch & they do their absolute best to get modest (not stupid) profit-generating product out to the loyal fanbase. but it's never anywhere near enough even to cover the cost of making (studio & gear & travel).
    their youtubes get 10k plays each but they barely 'sell' 500 bandcamp downloads. it's insane.

    so maybe £20-£30 to see them once or twice a year? to feel you are helping keep the wheels on their little bus (the one that brings you so much joy) does not seem extortion to me.

    & maybe i'm just a small-time scene person, but i like that thing where you are queuing at the bar while the support band does their thing & realise the person queuing next to you is a member of the band you have come to see. you can ask about their pedal board, or what is coming next.

    far more fun & intimate than standing at the far end of a football field, freezing your tits off & waving your lighter at a video screen for £100. small is beautiful.
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  • olafgartenolafgarten Frets: 1390
    I tend to avoid Stadium shows because they are too expensive and not as much fun as smaller shows. I only go when the artist is one I really want to see.

    I got Jack White tickets for £59 + approx £9 in fees and that is close to the upper limit on what I will spend.

    I've seen some great shows recently at small venues for under £30 a ticket. 
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