Innocence + Experience



How much?

Friscondo writes:

€2000 a ticket to see U2? I shelled out £51 Punts in the Eighties (evidence above), and they’re not getting another penny from me, the money grabbing gougers.

Also what’s the bets on a Sunday show being added due to “phenomenal demand“…

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15 thoughts on “Innocence + Experience

  1. ReproBertie

    My parents bought a house for £2,000 in the early 70’s. Bizarrely I had to pay more for mine.

    Croke Park is available for 3 gigs a year. U2 have one. Coldplay have one and Ed Sheeran is going to be the 3rd so there won’t be a Sunday night U2 gig.

  2. Anomanomanom

    So your post was to let us all know your not buying a ticket. Yes the tout prices are ridiculous but if people are willing to pay that then they’ll sale for that price. I dont know who’s worse the people buying tout tickets hence driving demand or tout buying up tickets and upping prices massively.

    1. Cian

      I wonder how much the touts were charging for similar pitch tickets back in 1987?
      To compare like-with-like.

      Oh, and just because there are tickets on sale for €2000 doesn’t mean anyone is actually buying them at €2000.

      1. Anomanomanom

        It would be interesting to see the % mark up difference. And I know people are not paying 2000 but the touts will try any ridiculous amount and see who bites. A little story about touts, The killers played the Olympia years ago, €27.50 a ticket I think. I went to buy off a tout outside and was asked for €50, I didn’t buy it and went for a pint next door. About 40mins into the gig I went back to try get a cheap ticket for the end of the gig and was asked again for €50. After explaining it was 40mins in and the price was ridiculous and He told me “thats the price, if I sell it for face value this time yous will all start waiting till the gigs start”. When I said sure losing money, he had loads of tickets he said “id rather lose a couple of hundred this tine then sell them”. That’s the tout mentality.

  3. Cian

    Standing tickets in Croke Park in 1987: £13.50 (ex 50p booking fee) = €17.15.
    CPI Inflation since June 1987 is 88% see[]
    So €17.15 in June 1987 = €32.23 in Dec 2016.

    Standing tickets in Croke Park now are €76. So that’s a 236% increase.

    Booking fee however went from 50p (64c) + inflation = €1.20 to a whopping €6.85. That’s a 575% increase!

    1. Anomanomanom

      You cant compare like that. Wages, policing, ground rent so on so on are much higher now. Although croker is still poo for a gig.

      1. Cian

        Okay, Ticket price went up 440%.
        Average weekly wages in Manufacturing went up by about 330% between 1987 and today. It’s still slightly above inflation, but not as bad as it was shown above £14 –> €2,000

    2. Jesus Wept

      Also factor into your calculations the obvious fact that U2 are far worse than they were in the mid 80s.Those £12:50 tickets would be more accurately priced at £7 if it were now the 80s.Which it does seem like some days.

  4. Liam

    they could do an Irish tour rather than just one gig. Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast say? This is their home turf.

    Not that I care, I’m not a fan, and I wouldn’t go to any concert in a football stadium these days.

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