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Lately whenever I see a half decent gig, I am amazed at the ticket prices.  Latest is Specials for just shy of £50 at The Roundhouse.  Not sure they are that special...  The Rats, Damned (with very good suppport) and Franz Ferdinand all did the same venue for less than £30.  Even Arcade Fire were cheaper.   I also quite fancied seeing Arctic Monkeys this summer, but again the thought of paying £70 one all the fees and special delivery were added made me think twice.    

Maybe the Rats can do another Irish gig.  Excluding beer, I spent less than £70 to see them in Cork (planes, buses, taxis etc.).



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I'm having to forgo other gigs to save for Rats gigs. Arctic Monkeys would be fab, but I could probably do a ticket and hotel stay for that to see the Rats. .

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I'm having to forgo other gigs to save for Rats gigs. 


Ah, I'm not doing that! It's just there are bands I'd like to see but when I see the ticket prices I'm just amazed people pay that.  If the Rats charged £50 for a gig I'd probably pay it but if it's a band I'm not that worried about I'd pass.  Good job I like the less popular bands, rarely pay more than £30, £40 for Arcade Fire is really pushing the boat out.

PS to the Rats, please don't start charging £50!



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I'd only ever pay big prices for the Rats or U2.

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Jules wrote:

I'd only ever pay big prices for the Rats or U2.


I'd probably pay a lot to see Bowie.  Outside that the acts I really like generally don't charge much. The only time I faced that dilemma was for Happy Mondays at Brixton, but luckily I had a free £50 voucher, so I used it to get the ticket for less than £10.  £50 is about my limit.  Have gone over it for Stone Roses and Pulp, but they were one offs.

Did see U2 once, luckily it was free.  Still feels like a wasted tube fare.



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Tickets for gigs in Ireland are pretty expensive, especially for any big name acts. Still  Garth Brooks can sell out 5 nights at Croke Park with a capacity of about 80,000. Great that the Rats tickets both in Ireland and the Uk were comparitively good value. 

I don't really go to many gigs, mainly because I prefer recorded music. Most of the gigs I did attend when I was a bit younger were the indie/alternative type, where bands were starting out, and therefore generally the ticket prices were affordable. This was before a lot of these bands became 'heritage acts', and later could capatilise on their fame with high ticket charges (, cement flowers etc)

Because I go  to gigs  less  frequently nowadays I wouldn't mind paying a little extra. But there are very few bands I would really care to see, that is the irony. Sometimes I think of all the money I have saved by not going to certain gigs. Add all the hearing and liver damage and staying at home might not be a bad option sometimes!

Our friend Lost In Music of this parish, told me about all the money she had spend going to Leonard Cohen gigs. She explained how bringing a full complement of professional musicians can be an expensive thing, so that's why the tickest for Lennie are so expensive. Not as if he's livin' the rock and roll lifestyle and spending it all on wine and women etc! Sometimes the 'big parade' has to be paid for.

It would be interesting to see if there are any well known acts who consistently overcharge for tickets. But again it's probably not the artists themselves but the ticket agency and all the other people who want a slice of the rock and roll pie, that the thing just excalates out of control.

Tickets for the football can be expensive to sit on a bucket seat in the freezing cold, and not even be guaranteed a goal.no



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Our mutual music friend did spend a lot on travel and hotel accommodation, in addition to ticket prices.

I did hear that despite enormous sales and complete sell outs U2 nearly bankrupted themselves on one tour, with all the added glamour and show. People seem to buy tickets no matter what they cost.

Live music is something I love, it seems the ultimate thing for me when I enjoy a band, but the high prices are definitely leaving me behind.

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... a full complement of professional musicians can be an expensive thing


 Maybe, but for the proms or any of the other classical extravaganzas held at the Albert Hall, the tickets are reasonably priced and there are 70-100 musicians to be paid plus other staff.  Touring incurs additional costs but even so the prices charged by the likes of the Stones are just ridiculous.  Even worse are the Golden Circles that mean you pay even more to get somewhere near the band.

The Rats have been pretty reasonable with the ticket prices.  Well except for the Australia/New Zealand dates...



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Jules wrote:

Our mutual music friend did spend a lot on travel and hotel accommodation, in addition to ticket prices.

I did hear that despite enormous sales and complete sell outs U2 nearly bankrupted themselves on one tour, with all the added glamour and show. People seem to buy tickets no matter what they cost.

Live music is something I love, it seems the ultimate thing for me when I enjoy a band, but the high prices are definitely leaving me behind.


 I actually meant Musicmania but called her Lost In Music! For what it's worth Lost In Music is a great song by Sister Sledge, weirdly coverd by The Fall at one stage.

I've never liked U2 or once bought any of their records. Yes they are not to my taste, and some of the touring they do, and the huge big  sets are just way over the top. Sometimes this kind of stage set is there to distract from the songs. Way too bombastic and ott.



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... a full complement of professional musicians can be an expensive thing


 Maybe, but for the proms or any of the other classical extravaganzas held at the Albert Hall, the tickets are reasonably priced and there are 70-100 musicians to be paid plus other staff.  Touring incurs additional costs but even so the prices charged by the likes of the Stones are just ridiculous.  Even worse are the Golden Circles that mean you pay even more to get somewhere near the band.

The Rats have been pretty reasonable with the ticket prices.  Well except for the Australia/New Zealand dates...


 Most of the bands I'd ever want to see seem to be affordable- it's the old indie ethic. I suppose in the end we all have  upper limits in terms of what we will, or can affort to shell out.

A sample of upcoming Irish ticket prices from Ticketmasterie

Bob Dylan June 02 Dublin Euro 65-76

Arctic Monkeys Marlay Park, Dublin Eu 61.50

Lady Gaga October Eu 175- not a misprint 175 euros. Shes doing about 4 nights, prices are for Friday.

Robbie Williams Belfast Odyssey Arena £130 GBP

Or you could see  Maximo Park at Whelans for Eu 22 -much better value and music. Midlake at Vicar st is EU 23 so again the alternative acts come up as better value and interesting music.



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Lost in Music would be a good name for me biggrin All my gallivanting after Leonard for the last few years has me skint but that isn't stopping me going to a load of concerts and shows this year again. One artist I am giving a miss is Ennio Morricone. Would love to see him live but even for me 156 is too expensive disbelief The "cheap" are not worth it in my opinion.
I wouldn't dare try and add up the amount I've spent over the years on concert tickets/flights/hotels etc. I did add up what I've planned for this year so far and it is close to 700 (maybe I shouldn't have done that!!). Most of the tickets were bought before skint status! 
Thank G-d for Aldi or I'd starve. Finished studying at the end of March and hoping to find paid employment asap to feed my addiction!



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 Not a prob for the guy in south London who won the Euromillons lotto, £109 milliion or thereabouts.smile



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He could buy us a few gig tickets each and not even notice.

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That's an outrageous amount of money to give to one person.

You could change 109 lives by giving £1m each in winnings.

 



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That's an outrageous amount of money to give to one person.

You could change 109 lives by giving £1m each in winnings.


Some lives, but hereabouts that's less than the cost of a three bed home.  A million doesn't seem as much as it used to.



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I'm just watching the news about the reunion of Monty Python. Not music, but something I'd have really loved to see. But the cost of it was outrageous. Glad to see the Rats tickets are still under £30. More like it!!

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Jules wrote:

Glad to see the Rats tickets are still under £30. More like it!!


 It is good that the tickets are a reasonable price, just a shame that fees add to it.  I did check out Cambridge Junction and they only charge £1 in fees and let you collect the ticket on the night, so I will probably book direct.  Sadly the option doesn't exist for the Forum date.



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I paid £60 to see Iron Maiden at the O2 in London last year, but they are fantastic live. They also made sure it was a ticketless gig so you could only get in with the card you used to pay for the gig.......no monstrously inflated prices on Ebay for that one!

My gripe is the cost of the big festivals - Download alone costs more than £200!! Chilfest and the like will do me nicely. Only £32.50 for the Friday evening.

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Now I find this thread. I knew I had a moan about this in the past. £30 is the minimum nowadays.

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The Rats tickets in Hamburg were over £50.Really looking forward to this but I would not do it to often at those prices.

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Ticket price is one thing but what riled me was eventim.de policy on ticket postage for the Germany gigs. No option to print or collect, and for outside Germany (Austria and Switzerland) it costs 34.90 Euros to have a ticket sent to UK. Apparently due to insurance. Outrageous! Almost same cost as Easyjet flight



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I cannot remember what I paid for postage for the Hamburg tickets but it was not that much.However I am only 3 hours from Hamburg.



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 Most of the bands I'd ever want to see seem to be affordable- it's the old indie ethic. I suppose in the end we all have  upper limits in terms of what we will, or can affort to shell out.

A sample of upcoming Irish ticket prices from Ticketmasterie

Bob Dylan June 02 Dublin Euro 65-76

Arctic Monkeys Marlay Park, Dublin Eu 61.50

Lady Gaga October Eu 175- not a misprint 175 euros. Shes doing about 4 nights, prices are for Friday.

Robbie Williams Belfast Odyssey Arena £130 GBP

Or you could see  Maximo Park at Whelans for Eu 22 -much better value and music. Midlake at Vicar st is EU 23 so again the alternative acts come up as better value and interesting music.


Squeeze - £71.50 @ Royal Albert Hall  - World has gone totally crazy.



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ArrGee wrote:
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 Most of the bands I'd ever want to see seem to be affordable- it's the old indie ethic. I suppose in the end we all have  upper limits in terms of what we will, or can affort to shell out.

A sample of upcoming Irish ticket prices from Ticketmasterie

Bob Dylan June 02 Dublin Euro 65-76

Arctic Monkeys Marlay Park, Dublin Eu 61.50

Lady Gaga October Eu 175- not a misprint 175 euros. Shes doing about 4 nights, prices are for Friday.

Robbie Williams Belfast Odyssey Arena £130 GBP

Or you could see  Maximo Park at Whelans for Eu 22 -much better value and music. Midlake at Vicar st is EU 23 so again the alternative acts come up as better value and interesting music.


Squeeze - £71.50 @ Royal Albert Hall  - World has gone totally crazy.


 That's before the Bots get to work too!There was a good hour long programme on Radio 5 live last Sunday morning about tickets scalpers, bots and all that.Programme was 5 Live Investigates, with Adrian Goldberg,  found on the BBC Radio Player. Seems Iron Maiden are one of the bands that take ticket scalping and resale in a very poor light.

Apart from Leopardstown I haven't been to a gig in ages.



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That's before the Bots get to work too!There was a good hour long programme on Radio 5 live last Sunday morning about tickets scalpers, bots and all that.Programme was 5 Live Investigates, with Adrian Goldberg,  found on the BBC Radio Player. Seems Iron Maiden are one of the bands that take ticket scalping and resale in a very poor light.

Apart from Leopardstown I haven't been to a gig in ages.


Iron Maiden's main concern is someone else fleecing their fans rather than them.  £70 to see them at The O2 in May.   

I suspect my days of gig going are about to end.  Last was Elvis Costello back in July and next is Julian Cope in February with no plans to see anyone else in 2017, though I may accompany Mrs. ArrGee to see Adele.

PS £100 for Guns 'n' Roses but £165 to be in the very large Golden Circle!  That's the face value not the tout price. And I won't even get into the VIP packages...



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Scandalous . At least the Rats remain good value . 



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Scandalous . At least the Rats remain good value . 


 Maybe, but even better value are The Dears with Plants and Animals as support.   £16.50 in London, cheaper in the sticks.

 

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Just bought tickets to see White Lies here in Oxford in February. £25 including postage.

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Just bought tickets to see White Lies here in Oxford in February. £25 including postage.


I can top that.  Richard Hawley with support from Paul Weller  (yes, Weller is the support) for just £20!  And I get a seat.

I have been to a few comedy shows in recent weeks which are pretty good value.  Ricky Gervais was £15 and Frank Skinner just £5.  Cost me more for a drink than the ticket for Skinner.  Also taking advantage of the tewnty's plenty football tickets accompanying a Welsh friend to Stamford Bridge.  Again, I suspect more will be spent on beer than the ticket, which is how it should be

£265 (excluding delivery) to stand near the stage and watch U2 at Twickenham?  You're having a laugh!



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Paid £220 plus delivery to sit some distance away at U2 in Twickers. Extortionate. Not doing it twice!c

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Paid £220 plus delivery to sit some distance away at U2 in Twickers.


Where are those seats?  The top price was £187 which were in the lower tier.  

Makes the £64 I paid for U2 at The O2 just over a year ago seem like a total bargain.  At least they were close enough to see there.  

 



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That's for 2 tickets.

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Jules wrote:

That's for 2 tickets.


 Sure, but what block are they in?



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They'd be great seats for the rugby

Bring your binoculars.  I did for the upper tier, though sadly I lost the caps which I have replaced with the little hats you get with innocent smoothies. http://www.thebigknit.co.uk/hats-amazing



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I do have some binoculars...  yes, way back and far from the worst seats. 



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Not only are The Who making you buy their album to get pre-sale access for their Wembley gig this summer, they are also looking to fleece you for at least £80! And that is probably at the back of the upper tier. Makes the £90 I paid to see them at The O2 in the front blocks seem like a Bargain (Ill get my coat)

https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-who/wembley-stadium/1309838

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Just saw two unbelievable ticket prices for gigs in Horrible Haringey

i) Bauhaus @ Ally Pally - £70 !!!!!

ii) Guns n Roses @ Scum Stadium £107 !!!!!I

Even if I got freebies for these, I would have to think twice about venturing there.



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Not only are The Who making you buy their album to get pre-sale access for their Wembley gig this summer, they are also looking to fleece you for at least £80! And that is probably at the back of the upper tier. Makes the £90 I paid to see them at The O2 in the front blocks seem like a Bargain (Ill get my coat)


 I ended up getting a ticket for £37 for this from ticketmaster in the front row of the upper tier.  That was a Bargain.



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I'm having to forgo other gigs to save for Rats gigs. 


Ah, I'm not doing that! It's just there are bands I'd like to see but when I see the ticket prices I'm just amazed people pay that.  If the Rats charged £50 for a gig I'd probably pay it but if it's a band I'm not that worried about I'd pass.  Good job I like the less popular bands, rarely pay more than £30, £40 for Arcade Fire is really pushing the boat out.

PS to the Rats, please don't start charging £50!


 The irony.  They are charging £51 for Palladium.  But I am not paying it cos I can't go that day 



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I can see Julian Cope at Barbican Hall for £25-£32.50 Small well located venue, nice restaurants nearby, close to tube - even at the top and rear there is a good view.

Guns n Roses are charging £100 to be outside the golden circle (£180 inside) for scum stadium! And they have sold out the first of two nights. Unbelievable.

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Theres only one scum stadium the toilet bowl, bands don't book there out of fear that the Nomads of South London might move again before the event !!!



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Theres only one scum stadium the toilet bowl, bands don't book there out of fear that the Nomads of South London might move again before the event !!!


 The Killers are at the home of Football this summer.  Only £85 and no Golden Circle.  A bargain in comparison. 

Anyway will be the only two times scum stadium is full of Gunners!

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Person 1- What's wrong with her? She doesn't like any modern ;music!

Person 2- No! It's cool! She's a Gunner!

Person 1- Oh...well GN'R is a good band...

 

 



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