You Won't Believe How Much Beyoncé Is Charging For Formation World Tour Tickets (But She Isn't The Only One)!

By on February 22, 2016 in ArticlesMusic News

Fresh off her Super Bowl halftime appearance, Beyoncé announced her Formation World Tour. Fans went wild, credit card balances were quickly checked, and the BeyHive prepared to pay Ticketmaster.com for concert tickets to see their Queen. However, Beyoncé's fans had better hope they have hefty credit limits available, if they wish to catch the Formation World Tour.

While tickets officially go on sale on February 16th, American Express cardholders and Beyoncé fan club members got a sneak peak at the prices last week and they are a doozy. There are floor seats selling for $1,450 per ticket. That isn't even considered a VIP ticket. $1,450?! Does that come with caviar, Dom Perignon, and a Louis Vuitton handbag? Does Bey sing her entire catalog INCLUDING all of the Destiny's Child songs? Does a week long vacation to Cancun come with that price tag? What the heck Bey?!

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TIMOTHY A. CLARY/Getty Images

With floor seats costing more than the average rent/mortgage, what options do fans have? Let's say you just want to be in the same stadium as Beyoncé. Two tickets in section F11 (the farthest floor seats from the stage) at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field – where the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles play – will run you $611. Six hundred bucks to be at the opposite end of a football field as Beyoncé. Tickets for Pasadena's Rose Bowl are originally priced at $45-$305, but even before the tickets are officially on sale, resale tickets are going for $155-$1105. Sadly, those prices are likely to just keep climbing.

Beyoncé is not the only artist selling concert tickets at such high prices. In the past year alone, a number of popular artists including U2, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, and The Grateful Dead have charged hundreds of dollars per ticket, as the chart below illustrates

 

ArtistDateVenueTicket Cost
U27/18/2015Madison Square Garden$670.58
Grateful Dead7/4/2015Soldier Field$597.57
Grateful Dead7/5/2015Soldier Field$596.68
Taylor Swift7/10/2015MetLife Stadium$579.32
Grateful Dead7/3/2015Soldier Field$553.34
U27/19/2015Madison Square Garden$535.14
Luke Bryan7/17/2015Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre$531.21
U27/22/2015Madison Square Garden$469.23
U27/23/2015Madison Square Garden$446.83
Taylor Swift7/18/2015Soldier Field$418.15
The Eagles7/17/2015Boardwalk Hall Arena$409.21
Taylor Swift7/11/2015MetLife Stadium$392.11
U27/26/2015Madison Square Garden$381.09
U27/31/2015Madison Square Garden$374.68
U27/11/2015TD Garden$371.24
Garth Brooks7/12/2015Smoothie King Center$370.03
U27/10/2015TD Garden$334.32
U27/30/2015Madison Square Garden$331.40
U27/7/2015Air Canada Centre$330.33
U27/27/2015Madison Square Garden$326.23
U27/6/2015Air Canada Centre$321.94
The Eagles7/13/2015John Paul Jones Arena$303.75
One Direction7/11/2015Levi's Stadium$300.44

Is it worth it? I went to 17 concerts in 2015 and the most expensive ticket of them all was Ed Sheeran at the Hollywood Bowl, for $85. Is a night basking in the glow of Beyoncé, U2, The Grateful Dead, Taylor Swift, or any of the other artists truly worth more than $300 per person per night? Have you ever paid hundreds of dollars for one concert ticket? Tell us about it in the comments.

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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