Monday, September 6, 2010

Location, Location and Ticket Prices

I noted earlier that Katie Melua was playing the Bronson Theatre. The Bronson Theatre isn't a place I've heard of a lot - now I know why (it's the former Immaculata High School). But they've got some great names coming there this fall, including comedy, Ani DeFranco and Broken Social Scene.

Another reason for bringing these shows up are a great trend in ticket pricing. These shows are priced around $30 and the shows will be quite intimate (1000 people tops). 

Compare that price to Roger Waters ($55 for limited view but up to $200 for good seats) or even Johnny Reid ($60 for good seats). 

I remember basic prices for shows being close to $75 or $80 for basic tickets (the 2008 Police show was at $225 a seat).

Another good deal? Jason Mraz at $45 - all tickets at Scotiabank Place (Theatre seating - so max 2500).

At these prices, these shows come dangerously close to "cover" prices for local bands at some clubs. I recall seeing Stoned Soul Picnic at some local places with a cover of $10. 

What are some of the best deals for shows you've been to lately?

Katie Melua in Ottawa - Cancelled

Update: This concert was cancelled due to illness
Amazing the different types of places artists can play in Ottawa these days.

Katie Melua, who is one of the UK's biggest female stars in the past few years, is playing Ottawa at the Bronson Center Theatre on Wednesday, September 9th.

If you haven't heard her music before, it's acoustic but with a tinge of Kate Bush. She also does a pretty cool Cure cover.

Tickets are only $30, definitely a great deal for such an intimate location.