I don’t have a regular article for you because I have spent all day today trying to get concert tickets.
I have a Bands Bucket List which is a list of bands I need to see before THEY kick the bucket. It’s quite long, because I haven’t been to many concerts (three and a festival, if we’re counting), but that’s ok because there’s some younger bands on there too and by the time I get to them they might be old enough to be in danger of kicking it.
The trouble is, there’s no central place to check them all, half of them don’t seem to announce tour dates until they’re actually happening, which is great if you’re one dimensional and only follow one band because they probably let their official fan clubs know sooner but do we need this kind of class division based on how much money you can throw at a band year-in-year-out based on the small hope that they might get back together and tour again? It’s just not cool when I’ve got over 50 great bands to check and if I joined all their fan clubs, that would cost me £500 to £1000!!!
Last year, I checked in February and there were no tour dates. I checked again in April and I’d missed half of them. How do people find out about these in time to go and buy tickets? The other significant issue is that they tend to be sold out by the time I finally get to hear about them. It’s crazy. Take Glastonbury, for example. It’s been sold out since before Christmas, but there isn’t a single band confirmed for the line-up yet, and won’t be until Spring 2015. Who buys tickets to a concert when they have no idea who’s playing it? What if it’s all your least favourite bands? And those tickets are NOT cheap either.
So far this year I’ve found three of my bands are playing the UK or Europe this year, have announced their dates in good time and have still got tickets to sell; Lynyrd Skynyrd are playing Manchester, Muse are playing Download and System Of A Down are playing London (but are sold out) and across Europe, I think I can get tickets for one of the European gigs because they tend to sell out less quickly although the French Ticketmaster isn’t even releasing tickets for them yet.
I wish I could have my own music festival filled with all the bands I love and get them all to play in York… le sigh.
Have you got any plans to go to concerts this year? Do you know of any good venues in Europe or have any favourites (anywhere within 8 hours drive of Calais would be perfect but I do have a car camper so longer journeys are being considered at this point)?
Let me know in the comments!