‘It’s no good if gigs become the preserve of the posh’ – the crisis facing live music in Britain

March 01, 2024

There’s been a huge proliferation of music with the internet – more people want to see it live.”Are rocketing ticket prices just simple economics? Arena prices have been edging up due to rising production costs and the demand for ever more visual spectacles. Photograph: Jo Hale/RedfernsTicketmaster introduced dynamic pricing to pop gigs in 2011 at the behest of artists, but concern has risen recently. The best way to avoid inflated ticket prices is to refuse to pay them. With higher overheads such as power supply, transport and labour costs, ticket prices are rising across the board, not just at the top.