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.