5 Reasons Concert Tickets Are So Expensive


Pricey Ticket Packages

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U2 perform on stage on the final night of U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Tickets prices for the original Joshua Tree tour in 1987 were less than $20. Daniel Knighton/Getty Images

Gone are the days when the only way to get up close and personal with your favorite performers was to wait outside the back door of a venue hoping to catch a glimpse as they hurried into their tour bus. Music fans today will find plenty of opportunities to attend special events like meet and greets, photo ops and soundchecks. There are multiple pricing levels that offer exclusive experiences and interactions with the artists.

Ticket sellers now have the ability to "service the 'super fan,'" Bluett says. The more merchandise you buy or the more you interact with the artist, on social media, for example, the better your status and ability to score early tickets to a show that might sell out or gain access to special offerings. Just take a look at some of the packages offered by VIP Nation. These concert upgrades can make any fan feel like a VIP — for a price.