Going to pop punk concerts pays off – literally

The Wonder Years Pop / Rock $18.71
Beyoncé RB / Soul $115.31
Say Anything Pop / Rock $19.79
Twenty One Pilots Pop / Rock $23.74
Fall Out Boy Pop / Rock $39.71

One of these things is not like the others.

Statistics from the website Pollstar show how awesomely cheap tickets are in the Pop/Rock genre – especially the pop punk bands I’ve selected. Browse through that site and check out some of your favorite bands to see where they fall.

I think the most I’ve ever paid for a ticket to a show is $50 for Warped Tour. And that’s a full day, more than a three hour concert, with the possibility to see a ton of bands. I usually knock out at least six each summer I go. So the price is well worth it, and it’s still half the price of a Beyoncé concert.

The only other time I’ve had to shell out a little bit more for a show is for a VIP package which comes with exclusive merch and privileges along with the ticket. Always well worth it. Whereas some fans dole out $100+ just to sit in the nosebleed seats of a Taylor Swift concert.

“Ticket prices are high because people are willing to pay that much for a big show, and if they were not we would not get such elaborate shows in the first place,” according to an Arts Journal article. So hey, I guess I’m just happy that the bands I like aren’t as in demand. They still sell out larger venues – maybe not arenas – but decently-sized places.

As a lover and maybe even a self-admitted addict of live music, the amount of money I’ve paid for the amount of shows I’ve been able to see in the past few years has been awesome. I saw my favorite band, The Wonder Years, for three nights in a row (super close to the stage too) for just $50.

I can’t even imagine how much it would cost to be front row for three nights of One Direction. Let alone how much it would cost to meet them.

Moreover, the experience of seeing a band live is such an integral part of being a fan – to me. It saddens me to know that there are bands and artists that mean just as much to other people as my bands do to me, and yet they’re much more financially unattainable.

Maybe it’s the scene itself that adds to that. The catharsis of going to a pop punk show. As much as I love “Drunk in Love” – I don’t think seeing it live would emotionally affect me the same way “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral” has. There isn’t the same emotional connection (I may be wrong though) with the more commercial, and thus, more expensive pop music.

And according to an article from Consequence of Sound, Queen B doesn’t even crack the top 15. So if you’re a fan of any of these bands either start saving now, or start listening to some cheaper artists. I can’t imagine the financial misery the fans of these bands must experience.

Most Expensive Tours:
01. Fleetwood Mac – $307.78
02. Maroon 5 – $279.42
03. Taylor Swift – $262.85
04. Neil Diamond – $261.33
05. Chris Brown & Trey Songz – $258.70
06. U2 – $256.93
07. Bob Seger – $251.57
08. The Who – $250.59
09. One Direction – $223.01
10. Kenny Chesney – $185.11
11. 5 Seconds of Summer – $179.30
12. Ariana Grande – $178.30
13. Meghan Trainor – $169.80
14. Iggy Azalea and Nick Jonas – $167.19
15. Foo Fighters – $164.12

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