Are Gig & Concert Ticket Prices Becoming Too High?


Tickets for the Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary concert at the O2 Arena last night (25th November 2012) were going for £1000+ for the best seats in the house and no less than £100 for anyone else.That’s huge money, but putting it into perspective, The Rolling Stones are a huge band that people are seriously excited to see.

Mick Jager had this to say at the show last night:

“It’s amazing that we’re still doing this, and it’s amazing that you’re still buying our records and coming to our shows,” Jagger said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

He also joked about the controversial price of the concert’s tickets:

“How are you doing up in the cheap seats?” he asked fans in the upper rows. “Except they’re not cheap seats, that’s the problem.”

Well here is something pretty cool! We can show you a big selection of some more reasonably priced gig tickets for the greatest acts of all time that we had the fortune of seeing back in their heyday. Check out Black Sabbath for £0.75, Rolling Stones £3, Pink Floyd £1.40.

View a Slide Show HERE: Concert Tickets – The Rolling Stones

I suppose one thing you need to remember is that in 1974 I was quite well paid on £18 a week! Are ticket prices too high now? Leave a comment with your thoughts and tell us about the prices that you have to pay to see your favourite bands & artists.

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5 thoughts on “Are Gig & Concert Ticket Prices Becoming Too High?

  1. I can’t believe I’ve only heard about the Rolling Stone prices now… I didn’t think any band would sell tickets that high, it’s pretty ridiculous, but I’m guessing the ones that go into the £1000s are for celebrities. The prices for some of those bands back in those times are crazy too, but like you mentioned, currency has inflated a lot since then.

    I’m pretty happy with what you tend to pay for underground or extreme metal bands – usually costs around £10-15 for a ticket, and it’s the travelling that costs a bomb. I did kind of want to see Muse again on their next tour, but being used to such low prices it was a shock to the system – even though I saw them for something like £50-60 a few years ago!

    Festivals are pretty expensive too, at around £200 for Download, Sonisphere, Reading, etc. Although I love them and it’s cheaper to see bands that way than individually, I prefer indoor fests, like I’ll Be Your Mirror earlier this year – got to see some insane bands for two days for £90-odd.

    • yeah you’d pay around £100 to be at the back of the O2 for the Rolling Stones if you got in in the first 20 minutes when they went on sale.

      If you want one now off ebay for tomorrow night you’d better have at least £200 ready. Fancy being up front? you’ll need very deep pockets to get them.

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