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According to a recent YouGov survey, half of all Britons have been priced out of attending live gigs. More than three-quarters of Britons (77%) believe the price to see live music is expensive, with 44% saying it’s “very” expensive. They might have a point. On the 1st of May 2022, when Duran Duran played the O2 in London, ticket prices were between £94 and a whopping £941 (according to ticket seller Viagogo).


Even the cheapest tickets would be out of reach of many people. The numbers are staggering. On this single gig, the average ticket price was £200. The capacity of the O2 is 20 thousand. That’s £4 million for a single gig.


Little wonder that people think they have been priced out! 


It’s not always like that, however. For the Ed Sheeran Mathematics Tour, prices are somewhere between £45 and £80 per ticket, Better, but still expensive. Perhaps as a special treat you’d pay, but not as a regular expenditure.


The problem is that many people want to see popular acts, so the price rises to meet the demand. If you’d been in Wycombe in 2003 you might have got to see Kings of Leon for £5, but they were not famous in 2003. In 2022, it would have been around £65.


It’s not that we’ve been priced out. It’s that some artists can charge huge amounts and do. We need a thriving local music scene otherwise those future stars will have nowhere to be noticed. We also need to recognise the huge amount of talent and work put in by genuinely great entertainers who enrich our lives. People who put in thousands of hours of practice and probably even more miles to bring us great live music, which doesn’t break the bank.

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