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  • underdogunderdog Frets: 5619
    edited June 10
    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. 

    Where you getting those prices from? I paid £130 for a golden circle ticket for London. Cheap tickets were £65.
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2336
    I wouldn't pay that much myself, but if Joe Bonamassa's gigs are sold out (and they usually are), then the tickets aren't overpriced are they?
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  • olafgartenolafgarten Frets: 1390
    I wouldn't pay that much myself, but if Joe Bonamassa's gigs are sold out (and they usually are), then the tickets aren't overpriced are they?

    The main issue is that the tickets aren't bought by people who are going to attend the concert. They are bought by people whose only intention is to make a profit on the resale.

    I remember Margo Price put a video on her Instagram Story where she spoke to some people selling tickets outside her concert in LA, and they didn't know who she was.
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  • kossofffankossofffan Frets: 202
    My first Rush gig, leaning against the very front of the stage was £6 (NEC)

    My last Rush gig, half way back on the floor was £65 (The O2)

    Prices increase


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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1862
    Last few gigs for us...

    Black stone cherry £20
    Noel Gallagher £40
    Bryan Adams £80
    Feeder £25


    JoBo? I do like him as a player and a person (from what I’ve seen). But I couldn’t afford the money to see him given how little actual content of his I know.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7196
    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. 
    Is JW banning mobile phones in the audience like he does in the USA? 
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  • markblagdonmarkblagdon Frets: 741
    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. 
    Is JW banning mobile phones in the audience like he does in the USA? 

    Lets hope so, because I usually am very happy to pay the ticket price to see the band - having to see it through some dickheads phone screen because they've got it held up above their head the entire concert making a crap film makes me seethe! I wish all band would do ban phones/cameras!
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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. 
    Is JW banning mobile phones in the audience like he does in the USA? 

    Yes, he is using the Yondr pouches, I saw his show at the smaller venue a couple of months ago and he had it there as well. The system was quite smooth and was well though out. 

    Your phone gets locked in a fabric pouch when you walk in and you keep it with you, if you need to use your phone during the show you can go outside and get it unlocked. 
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  • valevale Frets: 1036
    edited June 11
    Yondr Pouches (& maybe licensed generic for schools & places with tight budgets) should be everywhere. it's another thread but too many people use their phones like soothers & it's infantilising. i sincerely believe it stunts their mental & emotional development. kids espesh.

    if you are in the world (you are in the world!) then direct engagement with your immediate environment (rather than one degree removed, via a phone) is a valuable experience. perhaps even a moral obligation. ie, people are likely to care less about the state of their environment (physical, personal, political) if they never feel fully involved in it.
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  • HaychHaych Frets: 526
    edited June 11

    I've seen JoBo a couple of times and wouldn't go again.  Firstly I agree his ticket prices are a mickey-take, to be polite.  Secondly, as good as he is, how many 10 minute guitar solos do you need in one show?

    Last time I saw him was at Newark Castle a couple of years ago.  Unbeknownst to me he had Joanne Shaw Taylor as the support act - to be honest I enjoyed her set much more than JoBos.

    I don't go to many big arena gigs these days, but I always find the smaller intimate gigs much more enjoyable (and affordable).

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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 485
    Ticket prices (generally) I can cope with - if I know the face value of the ticket, I can make a decision on whether or not that artist is worth that much of my hard-earned.  Given that I really don't like massive venues (Wembley Arena is about my limit before I start to feel too detached from the action, particularly if we end up in the gods) mostly the bands I want to see who play venues I'm prepared to go to are "reasonable".

    What really pisses me off is all of the add-on service charges.

    I've just bought Black Stone Cherry tickets this morning, for Wembley later this year.

    Ticket price:  £36
    Additional "service" and "facility" charges:  £7
    And then postage on top. 

    So nearly a fifth of the face value in add-on charges. With four or us going (admittedly only two out of my pocket) it starts to make a difference :/

    Mind, at least with this one they actually will post them. Recently for the Roundhouse and KoKo I've been charged "delivery" for frigging e-Tickets, which really is taking the piss.
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