Published on February 15th, 2019 | by Alan Cross8
UPDATE: A Rolling Stones fan club member went to buy tickets to the band’s Ontario show. Then it got weird. And expensive. (And then fixed.)
The Rolling Stones have been booked to play Burl’s Creek north of Toronto on June 29 in a field that’s been blocked out for just over 71,000 people. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, but members of the fan club got a crack at general admission tickets early.
Normal GA tickets are priced at $373(!!!), a lot of money for the privilege of standing in a field. You can get closer, of course. The Gold Circle area–more standing room–is worth $774.90 a person while a spot in the pit on either side of the base of the thrust stage cost $1,119.30 each. Don’t even get me started on all the various VIP packages.
UPDATE: Strangely, GA tickets are priced today at $199.50 ($179.50 plus $20 in fees and taxes. All the other ticket prices have come down since I originally
But back to the fan club tickets. One guy set out on Ticketmaster to buy four early bird ticket priced at $99.50 each plus $20 in fees and taxes for a total of $119.50 per ticket. As he clicked through the purchasing process, that price seems to inexplicably jump to $179.50 per ticket.
It appears that the base price of the ticket–its original advertised face value–suddenly changes.
As proof, he shared this video on Reddit. You may have to zoom in to see the numbers change. And they do.
Bait-and-switch? A glitch? Supply management pricing? A gregarious example of so-called “ drip pricing ?” So many questions…
UPDATE: I heard back from Republic LIve, the promoter. Apparently a human error impacted a limited number of fans. The glitch was fixed and Ticketmaster is now working directly with fans to resolve things.