Concerts

Have you heard about this little bit of concert ticket greed?

Concert tickets are expensive. If you do managed to snag a pair, you hope and pray that the sound is good–always a crapshoot–and you have decent sightlines. I mean, what’s the point of going to a concert if you can’t see what’s happening on stage?

Artists and promoters owe it to fans to make the concert experience as good as possible. So what’s this about tickets being sold to Taylor Swift’s Eras tour and Beyonce’s Renaissance roadtrip marked “obstructed view” and even worse, “listen only?”

Fans are reporting (via The Independent) that some tickets on recent Eras shows were for seats directly behind the main stage. The only glimpse they got of Tay-Tay was when she walked out onto the walkway. Otherwise, it was “listen only.”

@annanallick There are no bad seats at The Eras Tour! Had more fun here than on the floor at Glendale night 1. #taylorswift #erastour #taylornation #swifttok #minneapoliststheerastour ♬ original sound – Anna

To be fair, some of these tickets were selling of US$50, a bargain in Swiftieland. Fans were only too happy to snap them up just to be in the building. Hey, as long as they knew what they were buying.

Meanwhile in Beyonce World, fans are reported that they paid up to US$700 for floor tickets with an obstructed view. Is this greed or an attempt to satisfy as many fans as possible?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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