I’m not a person who enjoys sitting down at a concert. I want to headbang and dance and be fully immersed in the concert experience. That being said, I do see the appeal of sitting down for some people. And I definitely get wanting to have an aisle seat. But at what cost?
Live Nation is now selling “Premium Aisle Seating” at select concerts, which could add a surcharge of anywhere from $5-$30 per ticket. Supposedly it’s for people who are “looking to enjoy the convenience of easy access to refreshments, restrooms, and venue exits.” In other words, it’s a convenient way for them to make more money off of you.
To make matters worse, it’s not just the aisle seat in some cases. They could charge extra for the second, third, or even fourth seat in! For now, the one silver lining is that both the artist and the promoter need to agree to the price hikes.
Call it “Premium” seating all you want, I won’t pay any extra for it.