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Thread #133063   Message #3015250
Posted By: Joe Offer
25-Oct-10 - 04:17 PM
Thread Name: Fees (concert admission prices)
Subject: RE: Fees (concert admission prices)
10 (or the US equivalent) doesn't sound like a whole lot of money. I'd be willing to pay that amount for performers I really want to hear - BUT it's still a significant amount of money. I go to a lot of concerts for what one might consider "charity" reasons - I want to support the venue and ensure it has a full house, I feel it's my duty as a member of the local folk community, it's a new performer and I want to see if he/she is good or not, it's a not-so-good performer and I don't want his/her performance to be a flop, etc.
Some performers are a sure bet, and they're worth 10 - I'm sure Vin Garbutt is one of these. I'd hate to see 10 become the standard price, because it shuts out many performers who may not be considered to be worth 10.

$20 is becoming a fairly common price for folk house concerts in the U.S., and that's a bit steep. I find the price is high enough to discourage me from attending concerts I'm not sure I'll enjoy. $50 or more is now the price for well-known performers in big venues, and I'm rarely willing to pay that. I still regret missing my first chance to see Doc Watson a couple years ago, but the cheapest ticket was $58, and I had to drive an hour each way to get to the concert.