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That was probably the most expensive single gig I've been to. Probably not overpriced perhaps as it was worth it for me.
I got the cheapest possible tickets, sitting 3km away, for ~£45 a head.
They were shite, I don't know what I was thinking. I was born in the mid-80s; what was I trying to relive the 60s for?
because i basically paid £70 to see the yeah yeah yeahs and two songs from pulled apart by horses.
...a great idea completely knacked by a crap format and over-selling of tickets.
that was worth it. And first time they had Beck in tow as well.
Most overpriced was probably the Sufjan Stevens Dublin shows earlier this year, which were almost twice the price of the UK shows. Managed to find a cheap ticket online the morning of the show, and by 'cheap' I mean 'roughly UK show price'. I'm not sure I've ever really paid over the odds.
Good support bill, but JFC. But yeah I didn't have to pay obviously.
shit sound, half-assed performances, Method Man is my favourite and he was absent filming an episode of CSI. Not pleased. Then I missed them at glastonbury and they were great there.
About 5 years back when they did the reformation set of gigs. Paid £110 and was sat about 20 rows back at Wembley Arena. They were really good, but no one is £110 good. No one is worth that much.
for the Cure at the Albert Hall on 15 Nov arrived today. It cost me £75. Better be good. Tis a mid-priced ticket too. Definitely overpriced.
...same as the other one I also had to buy for my girlfriend. Hoping it should be worth it tho.
perform 3 classic albums plus a greatest hits encore is not really bad at all.
as I was prepared to pay it. Still doesn't stop it being expensive though.
is it sold out? oh man why didn't i know about this?!?!
i wont be able to afford it anyway :(
No decent support either. They were only playing 2 dates and shortly afterwards I read an interview with the band who confessed they hiked the ticket prices up compensate for the amount of people on the guest list in Manchester. Thanks guys...
because they have a skewed idea of either a) the general cost of anything and or b) the popularity of the band.
the kind of people that will pay £8 to see joanna newsom in 2003 and then be put out when they can't see her in 2011 for the same price.
When I first started going to gigs in 1996/97, a gig ticket was roughly the same as about 4 pints of lager. Mansun £7, Ash £8, Ocean Colour Scene a whopping £12.50. Now its £30 plus for average bands, and £50+ for the top bands. Its a fortune.
a band of ash's size in 96 would run you more about £15 today. and then going up another level, i think it cost me about £25 to see vampire weekend about a year ago, and arguably VW are in the upper indie circle.
at £12 face value but I paid £30 to a tout to see Cut Copy at Manchester academy in March because it'd already sold out
i know what you mean, though.
as you were.
haven't actually been to any since, thanks to the lineups being pretty rote and not to my tastes, and a residual desire to never give them any of my money again.
They were both dead good though mind.
They were average at best and I had to leave early to get a train.
Yeah I went to that and was off my face from having a cold, didn't enhance the experience in a positive sense
Lord knows why I was persuaded to go. The 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' tour, so not even a decent album being touted either. Dreadful.
and paid the same amount. This was about 2000 or 2001, so at the time was really expensive. I will admit I did enjoy it.
And had seats BEHIND the stage. Basically 90 mins of staring at 4 old mens arses. Occasionally Bono would turn round at acknowledge our presence.
Mine was at Earls Court and I was quite lucky with where I managed to stand in the end.
I wouldn't spend the money they are charging now to see them though.
hooray for restricted seats you could stand on for the entire gig without anybody caring
You got discounted tickets for a charity show?
tickets were going really quickly, and restricted seating was all i was offered. so i took it.
was £75.00 for Neil Young and £80.00 for Bruce Springsteen.
Both great, but still.
£200.00 face value for Reading Festival at the moment...
also, spent £80 for a primavera ticket the same year neil young played! also, leonard cohen announced shows just after i'd got tickets to see bruce and neil, and couldn't afford to see him! :(((
astonishing in retrospect as I had literally no money, I have no idea why I thought I had £70 or why this seemed like a good idea. APRT FROM HOW IT WAS AWESOME.
once paid £50 for a ticket to see Gorillaz play their first ever gig. at the Scala. however, i purchased the ticket blind drunk, directly outside the venue, without reading the particulars. turns out it was for the Fun Lovin' Criminals a week before. still, convinced the door man would know something i didn't, i forged ahead, only to be turned (quite aggressively, i might add) away. i couldn't attest for much at the time, but next morning, that whole episode felt decidedly overpriced. neither band is worth £50, show or no show.
The O2 is basically the axis of evil
I don't actually mind it, when standing. The thing they do with the lanes at the sides so you can basically walk up to near the front 5 mins before show time is ace.
That was a lot of money for 2004 but can't really call it overpriced - I'd happily have paid 4-5 times that, it was amazing. Bloke in front me paid a grand for his & still felt he'd got VFM.
for Tom Waits at Hammersmith - my brother got me a ticket which I then had to pay the £75 face value for; and it was incredibly boring. Sorry - I know people love Tom Waits, but I could have seen a drunk man ramble for free on the streets.
...and feel like it was definitely worth it. Just posted about it in the best gigs thread.
Paid £75 for my ticket on the sun night and £95 for my ticket on the monday night. Totally fucking worth it!!
--which is funny because I couldn't give away a ticket at Kevin Drew's show 2 years earlier...
Worth every penny. Loved it!
for Broken Social Scene? You're insane. It's BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE. I paid $50 for KRAFTWERK and the seats had a small table for my drinks & I sat by Eminem & Dr Dre!
i rarely spend more than £30 though these days on a single ticket. my sister dropped £90 on Blue tickets once, the mad bitch.
fucking awesome though
They played for 50 minutes
And the sound was shite.
1. Flew to Ibiza to see them - Tickets were £50, missed them completely as they performed in the afternoon and we'd overindulged the night before.
2. Some festival in Victoria Park.. £40. Missed em, erm they performed in the afternoon and we overindulged the night before...
3. Back to Ibiza again for some Ibiza Rocks thing £45 - they cancelled.
that you've managed to miss them that many times. Have you been ever able to see them at all?
Spend less on booze, so you can watch the bands?
you're talking to
The thing with the times we missed them was that they were supposed to be headlining,and both times they sneaked into mid afternoon slots. No doubt to get a booking elsewhere. Seen them quite a few other times too.
which seemed like an awful lot at the time. It was the day after September 11th, the atmosphere was really weird and they only played for 50 mins.
Kiss at Newcastle Arena, Metallica at Newcastle Arena, and Blur at Newcastle Academy the week before they played Glastonbury. All worth it.
I went to a Franz Ferdinand show that should have cost £35+ if I hadn't been on the guestlist. It wasn't worth £35.
Great stuff, but no support act and one man and a guitar doesn't exactly equal much in terms of overheads. He could have done the whole tour by bicycle.
My 17 year old self and my classmate got in to the over 18s venue OK but were promptly whisked out after 5 minutes by an angry venue manager, patted on the head and called "nice little boys" by the big security guy and told to go home.
Front block seats at the NEC that I bought off a mate because another of his friends had bought him tickets in worse seats and he felt obliged to sit with them. Bowie was amazing, wasn't much of a fan before I went but I was totally converted. Before you ask, my then girlfriend was a massive fan and that's why I shelled out £100+ for the tickets. She had a massive strop afterwards when I wouldn't buy her a crappy knock-off poster outside. Stuid woman, we split up soon after. Most overpriced tickets were Shambala festival, Lamb the only band worth seeing. Had a good time but won't be paying £140 to them again.
the wife really wanted to go, so I paid £ 178 - I think, for 2 face value tickets - a money I could not afford, but what can a husband do. Then Jackson died and I got a refund, which lead to a bit of George Costanza style awkward conflicf of emotions.
something like £45 for a single standing ticket with no support act, I still like tool but I felt cheated after going to see them at the hammersmith apollo. Maybe i needed to drop acid or something.
But that 10,000 Days tour sucked balls. The crowd at Wembley were the wettest most boring shower of 'unts of all time.
then a few years later at Hammersmith Apollo for about £25. I'm sure that was the 10,000 Days tour, no? How the hell did they charge £45 for a gig and sell any tickets?!
it was only £25, i definitely would not be complaining but I'm fairly certain it was £40 a ticket + Special del from seetickets
No support, more than an hour late, and he did about an hour of blues jams with no discernible songs. Plus I'm not even a fan boy in the first place.
It cost £13.50 and at the time was by far the most expensive gig I had ever been to. It was OK. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers supported. They were great.
I paid £7.50 to see Led Zeppelin at Knebworth, but it was a while ago. Relatively speaking though, ticket prices are far higher these days than they used to be. A pint would have probably cost 50p then, so that ticket cost the equivalent of 15 pints at the time, which would be about £40 in today's money. It would be far more now I'm sure
Depends on where I'm drinking it, true
(the answer will be `stone roses - now leave me alone`)
Bloc Party in 2008 was $80 in Australia.
Whitest Boy Alive are charging about $40 in Australia.
do you ever talk about any band other than fucking bloc party???
i paid over 100 quid (equiv) for Laneway Festival in Melbourne. a ONE DAY festival. OVER 100 quid. ridiculous. but thats the just the norm out there ent it. Bloody good though. almost worth it.
And because it was part of Wireless cunting Festival they played for about 80 mins with no encore. Then I went to see them at Brixton for about £25 less and they did two encores.
I did notice Bush playing at Bush hall was £35 according to the timeout listings
in Bush hall?
nice name match and everything but ridiculous price.
in Toad hall for free.
We had an amazing time!
in the Queens Hall in Barnstaple.
*relevant band/venue names sub-thread*
They better hope there's a lot of American tourists over that week.
Due to space and logistical issues, platinum rock band Bush has moved its scheduled UK appearances at the 100 Club and Cargo to different venues in London.
The Nov 22nd show at Cargo will now take place at the The Garage.
Said the band: “In order to provide our fans with the highest quality live show that we know how to put on, a change of venue was required to accommodate our staging and lighting. We could not be more excited to be back playing in London, and cannot wait to see all of your faces at these shows.”
my ticket to see Jerry Seinfeld at the O2 would have been £110. I love the Sein, but there is no way it was worth £110. At all.
I paid £60 to see Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park and that was worth every penny. And I had to endure both the Dave Matthews Band and James Morrison.
I managed to buy, eat, get bored of, and discard and portion of chips during one drum solo
all of the big gigs I've been to I got to go for free.
Get me into the Stone Roses next year 8=)
Was warned; ignored and booked anyway, lesson learned.
She comes on two hours late, preceded by her backing band doing a 15 minute jam complete with flute solo, and then proceeds to sleepwalk her way through the performance until the last 45 minutes and the encore when she actually puts on an amazing show and injects some energy into her performance. Shame I'm too tired and fed up of being in the crowd for 4 hours to actually enjoy it by that point.
15 years on I still wake up some nights and exclaim 'FIFTY FUCKING QUID', seeth for a few minutes and then go back to sleep.
Even Prince was only about £40 I think.
No really...seriously, come back...I quite liked 16 Stone. Alright, I thought it was pretty great, but I'd already heard Razorblade Suitcase by this point, having bought it from Our Price on cassette tape. Somehow, in spite of that I still handed £50 to a tout.
and that was 1996 so in relative terms it was a fortune. I think my weekend job at the garden centre only paid £3 p/h!
Thankfully I didn't pay. He was dreck.