The Christmas period ticketing rip off.

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by cybershot, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    I see the big popular acts are all announcing their massive (as in a handful of dates at stadiums) UK tours again around this time of year, and it really pisses me off.

    Why on earth do tickets for events that won't be happening until next summer, need to go on sale in the weeks leading up to Christmas. People will bag the tickets anyway, regardless of the time of year they go on sale, but you always notice a massive increase in acts announcing tours now.

    People get into serious money problems around this time of year as it is, and this doesn't help. Am I the only one that feels strongly about this?

    Over the past couple of weeks I've had emails about all of the following announcing their massive tours at massive inflated prices.

    P!nk (GF actually wanted to go to this, tickets were £40+ for shit seats in a football stadium where you are cramped in like sardines £70 standing) Clapton (OH son really wanted to go, but couldn't afford this time of year), Bon Jovi (again, OH would like to go, sigh), Little Mix (niece would love to go, but fuck am I going), Fleetwood Mac (seen before live, and love them, but tickets this time were almost £100 a head), Westlife, Olly Murs (just throwing these two in there as no doubt hugely popular) Eagles (dad would love to see, but again the timing just means no)

    I know the above are probably not many peoples on here's music tastes, but just one of those gigs two tickets is probably going to set you back close to if not over £100 and we're only just starting.

    If I'd have purchased tickets to the above ones alone I dread to think how much I'd have spent over two weeks. And I'm not even mentioning some of the smaller acts who will play Apollo type size venues or pubs, be it musicians or comedy acts (We've purchased Jimmy Carr tickets as well last week I might add)

    Let's see who else gets added over the next 8 weeks until Christmas. At least one huge act for each week I bet. Pisses me off.

    Don't really want this turning into a well, so and so are shit thread, more a thread to name and shame popular acts announcing tours in the lead up to Christmas at over inflated prices.

    Rant over.
  2. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Rita Ora can be added to the list, just had the email for her (not interested, but naming and shaming)
  3. High Voltage

    High Voltage In the top 97% of Urban's most interesting posters

    So people can ask for them for Christmas presents? or tickets can be given as "surprise" Christmas presents
  4. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    But they sell out, in minutes or hours, and you don't know it's coming up until it's announced. What if you'd planned on asking for or buying something else? What if you want to go anyway and don't trust to leave it in the hands of someone else, that's £100+ plus you're now down on the month, that before this morning, you had no intention of parting with at a time of year when you're trying to plan every penny as it is. Rinse and repeat that for X amount of shows that suddenly get announced over this ridiculous 10 week lead up to Christmas.

    Let's take Rita and Bon Jovi bless them, both announced this morning, both have pre-sales, and general sales start Friday. So that's 4 days to make your mind up, someone be willing to buy them, and someone be willing to sit in front of computer hammering refresh and getting frustrated. Becaise for some other reason that winds me up over here, everything has to go on sale on a Friday.

    Meaning when theres more than one large act going on sale, the ticketing sites all fall arse over tit.

    I'm sure it has nothing to do with pay days! :rolleyes:
  5. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

  6. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    Or because slots at popular music venues across the world need to be booked in advance. If you want a couple of summer weekend nights at the O2 you need to get in before all the other bloated boring superstars that want to play there.
  7. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Ooh Spice Girls, what a time of year to announce a stadium tour for next summer! :rolleyes:
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  8. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Elton John and erm, Backstreet Boys & Peter Andre are this weeks 'need some extra cash over Christmas' con merchants.
  9. Celyn

    Celyn Well-Known Member

    Will anyone want to see any of them?:confused:
  10. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Metallica at Twickenham. It's cost me less to get tickets for opera at Covent Garden than for them.
    It's not just the ticket cost it's all the merch that goes with it and all the corporate food and drink when you get there :facepalm:
  11. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    The most painful part of the whole process is having to watch Metallica though.
  12. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    It's not Fleetwood Mac anyway. They fucking fired Lindsey Buckingham.

    And I'm pretty sure most of the Eagles are dead.
  13. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Massive angst on local FB page last week about the speed they sold out :rolleyes:
  14. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    I heard Carter USM are doing a last tour ever?
  15. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    I thought Metallica really cared.:(
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  16. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Long and complicated answer made short:

    Huge tours have astronomical costs, many that need to be covered up front and are often booked and planned a long time in advance. Nobody buys records anymore so that money has to come from somewhere.
  17. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    One of the biggies I have never seen. I feel they are a tad past their best but a colleague said I must go, so hey ho...

    Me to. The end of the day it's all about money and more money and how much more can we make.
    It's a midweek gig as well. I much rather they were in a much smaller venue, I don't care for the stadium thing; so impersonal,
    low on atmosphere and corporate. It wasnt personal and it wasnt corporate, but I recall Dylan a Blackbush. i could barely see the stage yet alone see
    or hear who was on it, still at least i didnt pay for that one.
  18. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Oh totally get that, but do tours for August next year, really need to go on sale in the 8 weeks leading to Christmas? Some 8-10 months before it even takes place? The huge amount of big established acts announcing tours during these weeks over the past several years is ridiculous. Nearly all of them at extortionate costs. Someone said to me the cheapest Spice Girls tickets were £80! They having a laugh.

    Several obviously were unable to sell out on launch day, so now I'm getting tons of reminders too.

    Fuck off. Announce your tours at a more family friendly cost effective time of the year, not one when I'm already trying to plan Christmas shopping and all the other shit that comes with it.
  19. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    A stadium is the worst way to see a band, don't go save yer cash.
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  20. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    You don’t go to a stadium to see a band, you go to see a show.
  21. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    You can also see a show in awful caverns like the O2 :(
    Speaking of corporate money grabbing events; sorely tempted by Neil Young with Bob Dylan at Hyde Park. :rolleyes:
  22. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Noel Gallagher cutting it fine, as well is Pete Tong and his 'classical' versions of dance anthems. Both on general sale Friday.
  23. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    Pete Tong is pretty much doing that fucking show 24/7 now isnt he?
  24. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    That's the one where he sort of pretends to DJ and waves his hands along to classic dance anthems with an Orchestra, but there's absolutely no DJ element to it at all.

    I'll never understand who wants to see that.

  25. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    i have no problem with Pete Tong not DJing. its the rest of it i find offensive.
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  26. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    It's not just stadium fillers. I'm getting nagged by a local venue to buy tickets for gigs in April/May for the likes of Ferocious Dog and the Members.
  27. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    May explain why various Carter members are playing Glastonwick this year.
  28. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    SLEAFORD MODS, SLEAFORD MODS, announcing a tour in December! I'll let them off as it's in March!

    Presale tickets available via today

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