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Why Are Concert Tickets So High Right Now?

If you've been disappointed by how expensive concert tickets for your favorite artists are, you're not alone. We break down the real reason behind this.

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As concerts come back full swing in a post-COVID music scene, fans have noticed how expensive tickets have gotten. Last year, to go see a mid-size artist you'd pay anywhere around thirty to one hundred dollars. But now, to see that same artist perform, you'd need to pay over two hundred dollars. This price spike has become increasingly concerning for some as artists such as Taylor Swift and Beyonce announce upcoming tours.

While there's more than one reason as to why concert tickets have gotten so expensive, artists like Zach Bryan and Noah Kahan have expressed their discontent with resellers. That's why we have gathered all the information we need to help you understand the sudden surge in ticket prices.

Inflation has also affected artists

Whether you keep up with current news or someone who stays away from the internet craze, you must have noticed that stuff has gotten so expensive. And we're not just talking about concert tickets, but everyday products at grocery stores, trips, clothing, and many other goods and services are now more expensive.

When it comes to touring artists, rising expenses can affect how much concert tickets are. When gas, food, rentals, and other materials needed when on tour get more expensive, they need to leverage those cost increases with money.

Concert profits are being split in a different way

According to Billboard, in the past artists used to get 85% of ticket sales with only 15% of the profits going to promoters of concerts. It seems that in some situations, and due to the reasons mentioned before, artists are asking for a bigger cut to cover their expenses. This has led promoters to find other ways to source money, which includes processing fees when purchasing tickets online, facility fees, and service fees. In the end, the ticket price announced on the Ticketmaster initial page can become a lot higher when all these fees kick in.

More people want to go to concerts

Now, we know supply and demand are concepts you're most likely familiar with, so we'll spare the economics lesson. Simply put, the more people want something, the higher its value. In a post-COVID world where people are feeling more and more comfortable everyday to go out and be in crowded places, concerts have become extremely popular. When more people want to go see an artist, the ticket prices can go up.