Those of a particular generation who are passionate about music will, without prompting, tell you about the times they braved the elements to sleep on the pavement in order to buy tickets to see their favorite bands perform. Here you can read about the cost of tickets hundreds or thousands.
Is it crazy, though, than paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to watch the same performers? At least in the previous system, you got recognition for your hard work, not your bank account.
A resident of Salem named Jacqui described how she would bring a lawn chair and camp out in Harvard Square the day before tickets went on sale, just so she could buy them as soon as they went on sale and avoid the lines the next day. For sure, this is an experience I will never forget. This is something I’ve done for a tonne of different shows.
With over 660 respondents, the majority of readers agreed with Jacqui: 52% said they no longer felt it was worthwhile to spend money on attending live concerts, while 29% said they had had enough of expensive celebrity artists and would only attend smaller, more intimate gigs in the future.
“I go to concerts all the time,” said Daniel M., of Newton. There are lots of younger, better musicians available, so there’s no reason to pay to see pricey nostalgic acts that are well past their prime.
Andy from Charlestown stated, “The pandemic helped me realize how essential live music is.” The bond between you, the performers, and other fans. Not having a show for nearly a year was dreadful. We must not assume anything. No one can predict the future, so spend your money wisely today if it means something to you.
However, readers tend to agree that “dynamic pricing” is probably bad because it allows ticket prices to rise in real-time based on demand. 73 percent of people polled thought it should be outlawed.
Concerts In A Physical Venue Are No Longer Worthwhile
“Since 2017, I’ve spent between $500 and $1,200 on four to six tickets to see numerous major acts perform at venues with “good” seating. Just one group delivered a show that came close to justifying the cost (Guns N’ Roses, Gillette 2017). The others were overly promoted short-running shows.
This was all a ploy to get you inside the building and hand over your cash so the performers could maintain their lavish lifestyles while putting on a subpar show and nudging you toward the souvenir stand as you left. The quality has substantially declined, and the price rise of almost 1000% is not justified. The use of YouTube is uncostly.
It’s more than just the cost. It’s also much more likely that you’ll contract COVID in a crowded performance setting. When you combine the two, it’s not worth it.
Mostly because people can’t be bothered to shut up and I can’t listen to the music I paid for. Disproportionately many people were given too much food. Saving money by watching at home via live stream!
It comes down to cost, and I simply can’t manage it. It’s all about setting priorities and touring the country to see a single musician isn’t one of them. It’s all about being in the moment, and this isn’t it. From: Mark T., Taunton Everything is spinning out of control. I enjoy going to concerts, but not if it means putting my family’s financial stability at risk.
There are other uses of my money that I can/should pursue. The average concert lasts between three and four hours, after which the audience disperses. Truthfully, as time passes, you forget the specifics. It’s terrible that only the rich have the luxury of seeing a live performance… The greedy have gone too far.
The free market system fosters avarice. Intentionally priced out of reach of everyone except the wealthy, art was never meant to be such. In other words, artists need to stop being so greedy.
The cost of tickets is only the beginning! What about the fact that the price of a single beer is greater than that of a six-pack? And you have to shell out cash to park near these venues? Is there a parking fee at any of the big box stores?! The motivation is purely materialistic.
Choosing To Perform Only At Smaller Venues
It’s easy to find excellent performances by up-and-coming artists at low ticket prices in more intimate settings. And some of these artists are destined to become household names. The Sinclair in Cambridge regularly hosts excellent concerts for about $20-$30 per ticket. Alternatively, rock out to some good tunes at the tune of ten dollars at O’Brien’s in Allston. What about the no-cover Toad in Cambridge, where the band might pass the hat?
Do those who gripe about concert ticket costs even like the live performances? Perhaps they only care about seeing famous people so they can brag about it. Let me know if you’re looking for recommendations, and I’ll help you find a show that’s both entertaining and affordable.
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