So dear reader, tickets have gone on sale this morning for the next Rolling Stones tour.
Well I say “tour” but it is actually just two dates. HOw can that be a tour? And half of them didn’t even know about this until last week. Or maybe they did but are just too senile to remember.
The “Fifty and Counting” tour. You might think that the fifty in that statement relates to their ages. Or even the number of years they have been performing. But as far as I am concerned it relates to the cost of the tickets. And actually it should be called “The taking the piss” tour.
For these tickets start. Yes start. At £95. Each. And if you have ever been to the O2 you can imagine which seats they are. The ones on the sides, up in the gods where you are literally looking straight down. Vertically. They are awful seats in which to sit and watch a concert.
And how much are the top price tickets? £375 and that includes ALL standing tickets. You want to stand it will cost you over £375. You don’t even get a sodding seat.
This takes the proverbial. Seriously. Oh but it gets better. If that wasn’t enough when you book your ticket Ticketmaster want to charge you £30 booking fee PER TICKET.
So in reality your £375 ticket ACTUALLY costs you £406 each. To stand.
This is disgusting.
True fans who have followed them for years, bought their music are now being ripped off in spectacular fashion. And quite frankly it stinks.
That means that each concert will rake in close to £10 million for what will be two hours on stage.
Blah blah security and all the technical stuff associated with a concert. Don’t give me that old guff. They are also going to make an obscene amount from all the merchandising.
And as for Tickermaster charging between £11 and £31 a ticket?! For what exactly? And why is it not a set fee? Does it cost more to process my credit card when you are ripping me off for three times the amount? No it doesn’t. Ticketmaster’s fees are the same regardless of ticket cost.
And don’t get me started on the fact that yesterday afternoon BEFORE THE TICKETS WERE EVEN FOR SALE Seatwave had them for sale at three times the face value.
How have they got those tickets? Where have they got them from? Selling the worst seats in the house for £350 each, plus an extortinate booking fee.
Buying tickets for concerts in this country now is a joke. Real music fans can no longer see the bands they love and support.
And that makes me very angry. Very angry indeed
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