Concert fans have been finding the cost to attend a concert has risen dramatically recently in part due to the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster, and it turns out some artists are running into the same problem.
Imogen Heap recently Tweeted about the high cost of touring in the US by saying, “Sad truth is touring US especially such a monopoly. Audience end up paying double ticket price to the venue @Seattle_D. Huge mark up.” Guardian.co.uk
Without a major label to back her, she must pay for the touring expenses out of her own pocket and she feels for the fans as well who have to pay with high ticket prices. You hear the promoters such as Live Nation blaming the artists for the high ticket prices, but it sounds like a lot of the money is bypassing the artist and going straight to the corporate shareholders.
There seems to be a rumble out there in the music industry with fans lighting up the blogs about the high cost to attend a concert, tours canceling and now artists complaining. The problem is also that artists are being turned into tour whores with the constant touring, meet and greets and jacked up ticket prices that don’t allow the fans the luxury, and it is a luxury now, to see several bands in a given year.