ARE GIGS TOO EXPENSIVE?
rujokinggrandad.co.uk BLOG 11th February 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
Here’s why it’s costing more to go to gigs
Ticket prices to see some of the biggest stars perform have gone up – but the reason for the rise might not be artists wanting more money.
Blossoms tour manager, Dan Woolfie, says record sales are down and the cost of putting on a live show has gone up.
“The bigger the show, the bigger the act, the bigger the bill at the end,” says Dan.
He says the production for Ed Sheeran, where it’s just him and his guitar, is still pricey.
“If you think an artist is selling 10,000 tickets at £100 each and then leaving with a million quid in their back pocket, then you’re mistaken,” says Dan.
According to Dan, here are some of the of reasons why tickets cost more now.
Record sales: People aren’t spending as much money on buying music, but streaming or illegally downloading it instead.
Bigger shows: There’s a lot of production that goes into putting on a tour like Beyonce’s Formation.
Greater expectation: People might only go to a gig once a year, so they want it to be good and often shows sell out very quickly.
More people to pay: A bigger show means more people working on it.
“The list is endless when it comes to a live show,” says Dan.
“There’s promoters, managers, booking agents, tour managers, session musicians, sound engineers, backlight engineers, lighting engineers, sound system hire, staging hire, buses trucks, crew, extra crew, catering hire.”
Dan admits there have been questions about Ed Sheeran’s show because it’s just him on his own.
“It’s all that background stuff that’s going on that costs.
“Ed Sheeran still needs someone to put that lighting rig up, he’s still got that whole production and all those people on the road with him.
“The only thing he hasn’t got is a bass player and drummer, he’s still got everyone else with him.”
Kendrick Lamar is performing at the O2 in February and standing tickets are £70.00
But according to Pollstar, which advises the music industry on the costs of touring, the income of the biggest 100 acts in the world has jumped by 33% since 2011 – with a total of £4bn in 2016.
It’s reported that Adele made £142m profit from her 15-month world tour, which kicked off in 2016.
Despite this, the group says it hasn’t put us off – we’re still going to gigs – and prices aren’t likely to come down any time soon.
1 $2,713,136 U2
2 $2,679,962 Guns N’ Roses
3 $2,292,573 “Disney On Ice”
4 $2,193,213 Coldplay
5 $1,990,591 Bruno Mars
6 $1,661,471 Depeche Mode
7 $1,408,681 Ed Sheeran
8 $1,303,874 Metallica
9 $1,077,424 “World Wrestling Entertainment”
10 $1,043,839 Justin Bieber
11 $1,005,130 Trans-Siberian Orchestra
12 $1,000,015 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
13 $985,467 Green Day
14 $950,606 Luke Bryan
15 $931,959 Tim McGraw / Faith Hill
16 $903,020 Paul McCartney
17 $894,738 The Weeknd
18 $892,567 Eric Church
19 $867,530 Ariana Grande
20 $841,242 Florida Georgia Line
21 $820,640 Red Hot Chili Peppers
In 2016 Bruce Springsteen topped the list at $268.3m
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow
Happiness is…a brilliant and exciting reasonably priced gig by someone with a huge professional talent
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Conjunctivitis.com, that’s a site for sore eyes
Love is…that special squeeze of the hand
TRACK OF THE DAY
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
Highest Chart Position: No.6 13th June 1987