Big-ticket concerts frustrate Saskatchewan fans

We give you the skinny on what you can expect to pay in this province for big names and tell you where the money goes.

High ticket prices and high demand have left many wondering what is fair

Two of the hottest tickets in Saskatoon Bruno Mars (left) plays Aug. 3rd, Katy Perry (right) plays Aug. 28th. Both shows are at Credit Union Centre. (Left: Charles Sykes/Associated Press, Right: Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Black Sabbath, there's no shortage of big international concerts you can go to in Saskatoon this year, if you can get a ticket.

It was an issue that was raised earlier this week on Twitter by Shaunavon father and businessman Joel Sopp. He was looking at tickets for Katy Perry's show in August and was shocked to see the prices.

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"There was Platinum front-row tickets available for $850 per ticket," he said, "For most people in Saskatchewan, that's one to two mortgage payments."

The tickets Sopp is referring to were a special offer outside the regular sale. Ticket prices for Perry's show range from  $39.50 to $142.50. 

CBC's Dan Reynish follows the concert scene closely. He said things have changed with the market. Artist sell special ticket packages and chances for fans to meet them as a way to survive.

"Record sales used to be the main thing that artist had to live on," Reynish said, "Since people don't buy records anymore, artist have to find new ways to make money."

Another issue for many would-be concert goers is ticket availability. Many artists hold pre-sales reducing the numbers of tickets available to the general public. Online ticket sales also mean fans have to be extremely quick. 

According to Credit Union Centre's Scott Ford this is happening world wide in the concert market.

"When you have an artist which is in extremely high demand, you are always going to have people left without tickets. That's just the way it's going to be."

Replay the Saskatoon Morning live chat about the current cost of concert tickets.


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