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Hi Pit.

So I'm thinking about flying from Perth, Western Australia to Brisbane, Queensland to watch Steven Wilson's concert in October. He's not performing over West so I thought I'd head over there.

I did this a few years back for Porcupine Tree (Yes, I am a huge Steven Wilson Fan) and it was a great trip but expensive considering the whole reason for going was a concert.

What's the most you've done or spent to get to a concert you just have to see and was it worth the trouble?
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#2
I once spent 140 Euros to go to Rock am Ring back in 06, but considering the line-up was Stone Sour, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Korn, Tool, Metallica, Guns n Roses and Dredg, I definitely wouldn't call that expensive.

For a single concert, the most I've paid was 50€ for Dream Theater and Periphery.
#4
I go to Graspop each year, which costs about €150.
Most expensive single concert was €60 for AC/DC.
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#5
Most for a single ticket would be $200 for Leonard Cohen i think, well worth it for his amazing 3 hour show.

Most for a trip to see a band playing interstate i guess would be about $500 a few times, but i make a bit of a holiday out it usually.
#6
Oddly enough, if you count merch and drinks at the show, I spent more to see Steven Wilson than anyone else

I think I spent $60 total on the show, and that's mostly because I bought Marco's CD and had him sign it. Completely worth it though, he puts on a great show, and from what I hear he's going to make it much better with this next run of shows
#7
I'm from England and I've been to a couple of festivals in Spain, and am hoping to go to Coachella in the next few years. Also flew to Amsterdam to see Ryan Adams. They all cost quie a lot.
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#8
I once paid £80 for some resale ticket to a sold out show. Think it was that devin townsend ghost show.


Another time, I missed that Nile were in town and couldn't get a ticket last minute and so out of frustration/stubbornness I went to their show in Peterborough and took a hour train/bus journey out of London and made a day of it. Gig/Nile were meh even though the crowd was lively so I met some cool people there. I had a chill day doing tourist stuff in the town and had some interesting conversations with a few people who we all vaguely recognised each other from going to various London-based metal gigs, so it was an overall worthwhile experience.
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To see a lot of bands I need to go to London, which when you factor in trains and a hotel plus London prices for just about everything usually sets me in excess of £100.

If I had the money I would have done BBK Bilbao last year though, was gonna make a holiday of it and do this coach trip which took you to the Pamplona Bull Run before BBK.
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#10
Emperor reunion tour 2006 60$ plus I had to drive from Chicago to NYC and stay in a hotel and then drive back so all in all it was actually quite pricey and time consuming. ****ing killer show though.
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#11
I spent a little over £100 to see Muse at their homecoming show in Teignmouth, Devon back in 2009. That included the ticket + coach travel to the venue and back from London, which isn't too bad at all! I went totally by myself, which forced me to actually talk to other people there, which was cool.

It's weird, I'd never do something like that anymore. Unless a gig was in my city and probably £60 or less, I just wouldn't bother.

EDIT: I went to Reading festival back in 2008, so obviously that cost me way more than £100, but I guess that probably doesn't really count.
#12
Reading 2002, sold all my gear ridiculously cheap.

Mexican Telecaster, a Tascam Portastudio, a Marshall amp, I think it was a DSL, I bought it off a friend and had it a week, I don't remember the exact model and some pedals.

I probably got around £250 for the lot.

I was working there, so I didn't need a ticket, but the money was for other stuff. We knew the dude running it so we didn't even do any litter collecting.

It was awesome, I don't remember a thing.
#13
Flew to Glasgow from East Midlands airport to see the Deftones back when I was 18. It's either that or the time I saw Metallica at Wembley stadium - train tickets and accomodation made that one pricey, but well worth it.

Maybe the time I saw Foo Fighters in Hyde Park as well.

Probably all weighed it at £150+, but totally worth it factoring in the travel experience/touristy shit I got to do as well.
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#14
spent about ~$40-50 and rode in a van with 5 strangers for 3 hours to see Joyce Manor a few weeks ago

great experience, good food, everyone was really nice, band was great, hung out with them afterwards and they were surprisingly laid back/down to earth
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Spent £40 quid on an Iron Maiden ticket in 2006. Was awesome but I don't think I'd spend more than £20 on any gig nowadays. And I just out and out refuse to pay for festivals now, it's so easy to get in free it's really a no brainer.

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Reading 2002, sold all my gear ridiculously cheap.

Mexican Telecaster, a Tascam Portastudio, a Marshall amp, I think it was a DSL, I bought it off a friend and had it a week, I don't remember the exact model and some pedals.

I probably got around £250 for the lot.

I was working there, so I didn't need a ticket, but the money was for other stuff. We knew the dude running it so we didn't even do any litter collecting.

It was awesome, I don't remember a thing.

You are a ****ing madman. I can almost understand doing that for a good festival.
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In 2010 I spent £80 on my ticket and coach travel to Muse in Manchester, and it was definitely worth it.

Also, £200ish on my Leeds Fest 2011 ticket.
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#17
Paid £200 for two tickets to see Opeth at the Royal Albert Hall. So worth it. That was a good day.
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I flew from Calgary to Toronto to see Sigur Rós this past March. Domestic flights in Canada are very expensive and I also had to buy the ticket off of StubHub. When all was said and done with flights, ticket and accommodation/food I had spent probably about $1300 or so. It was worth it, Sigur Rós is one of my favourite bands and it also gave me a reason to check out Toronto.

I also flew to Chicago two or three years ago to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor, which wasn't nearly as expensive as the Toronto trip but still fairly pricey. But I hadn't been to Chicago so it was nice to check out the city, I had some great deepdish pizza.
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I paid £50 (GBP) to see Iron Maiden on the Final Frontier tour in Scotland which is the most I've paid for a gig and getting there was just a 40min drive with my cousins and my uncle.

this year Dark Tranquillity are going on a European tour to promote their new album Construct and their only UK tour date is in London. As DT are me and my cousin's favourate band we are seriously considering buying tix, renting a travel lodge room and driving down from Central Scotland. That means we'll spend roughly £30 on the tickets each, about £80 in petrol each, and about £60 each on a hotel room for the night. That adds up to £170 per person plus spending money for the gig -_-

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£240 to swedish house mafia in milton keynes, 9 hour day festival, included coach travel for me and my missus. well worth it.
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Paid $1200 for two tickets to Elton John. It was a waste of money.

I paid $40 to see the Wood Brothers. It was orgasmic.
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Back in 2007 me and some mates paid to go to Coachella to see the RATM reunion gig.

Was well worth the cost of the flights/festival tickets.

Going to go see QOTSA in Amsterdam this year too..26th November I think if anybody is travelling over to it!
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Hi Pit.

So I'm thinking about flying from Perth, Western Australia to Brisbane, Queensland to watch Steven Wilson's concert in October. He's not performing over West so I thought I'd head over there.

I did this a few years back for Porcupine Tree (Yes, I am a huge Steven Wilson Fan) and it was a great trip but expensive considering the whole reason for going was a concert.

What's the most you've done or spent to get to a concert you just have to see and was it worth the trouble?


+1 to the Wilson fan, must see him and whatever project he's working on..jealous of my friend that saw him on the raven that refused to sing tour..shame that i won't be able to see porcupine tree any time soon.

Most money i've paid would be about £40 to see amon amarth, as I lay dying and septic flesh. parents gave me a lift, but i spent £20 on merch. Was my first gig as well!
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£215 for Reading 2012 tickets. Then factor in the cost of a tent, food, alcohol and other things and it cost me over £500.

I wouldn't pay massive amounts to see a band when you can do three days at a festival for double the price and see bands all day.
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£215 for Reading 2012 tickets. Then factor in the cost of a tent, food, alcohol and other things and it cost me over £500.

I wouldn't pay massive amounts to see a band when you can do three days at a festival for double the price and see bands all day.


Ticket prices piss me off like nobodies business these days. Everything seems to be £30+, and then you end up having to pay a fiver administration cost or whatever to have the privilege of buying the tickets.

Thank god bands still hit up the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham for example, where I can walk in and buy a ticket. Even if it is full of ironic hipsters these days.
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225 a person to see Crossroads in 2010. The tickets are sold for 100 but are bought out immediately and scalped. It was worth it though, for a 12 hour concert of big names.
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Ticket prices piss me off like nobodies business these days. Everything seems to be £30+, and then you end up having to pay a fiver administration cost or whatever to have the privilege of buying the tickets.

Thank god bands still hit up the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham for example, where I can walk in and buy a ticket. Even if it is full of ironic hipsters these days.



Excatly. Pointless. Like i've said, I would rather go to a festival and see 25+ bands i really want to see and have a 4 day experience rather than pay over £60 per ticket for 2 hours and then go home.
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#33
Spent around $600 to go to Bonnaroo two years ago. About $250 of that was for the scalped admission bracelet, which turned out to be fake, but it was cool, they let me in anyways.
#34
Paid 60 euro to see Slash, don't regret it, great show, at the show I also met Charlie Sheen and a pornstar he was with so
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I used to go to Leeds Fest yearly for a few years, which would've been just under £200 each time.

But apart from festivals, I'm guessing it would have been seeing Laura Marling in York Minster. Can't remember the price, but I'm suspecting it was around the £30 mark. Tbh though I rarely if ever spend anywhere near that amount on gigs. I just don't really think they're worth it generally. I also saw Explosions in the Sky and Bon Iver in Leeds, both of which I'm guessing were £20-25.
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$80 to see Bruce Springsteen. That was last year, it was worth every penny. At the time that was the most I'd ever spent on anything. Now it's $537 for a new acoustic-electric guitar (including tax).


I wish i paid $80 to see Springsteen, tickets here were $200 for something decent. $100 for the worst tickets. Though it was the best show i've ever been to and worth every dollar.
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I used to go to Leeds Fest yearly for a few years, which would've been just under £200 each time.

But apart from festivals, I'm guessing it would have been seeing Laura Marling in York Minster. Can't remember the price, but I'm suspecting it was around the £30 mark. Tbh though I rarely if ever spend anywhere near that amount on gigs. I just don't really think they're worth it generally. I also saw Explosions in the Sky and Bon Iver in Leeds, both of which I'm guessing were £20-25.




I saw her at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham
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#38
Flew to England, left for Glastonbury friday night late on my own, snuck in Sat morning, found my mates, saw Radiohead do OK computer full album brand new (this was 97) it was worth it for sure.
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Probably Rock am Ring 2012 for 160€ + 50€ for a special Camping Ground including food, alcohol and fuel-cost it was about 400€, but so damn worth it.
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The Wall concert costed me about €80, which I consider nothing to see an epic guy performing an epic show..

If it would have costed € 300 I'd still pay it!
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