Opinions — April 19, 2016 at 09:00

OPINION: I Don’t Care If You Think I Spend Too Much Money on Concert Tickets

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Source: Facebook

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Who says money can’t buy happiness?

In the past few months, I have bought tickets for quite a few concerts, including Adele, Rihanna, Troye Sivan, and  Demi Lovato with Nick Jonas. Some were cheaper than others, but over the years, I’ve never been one to cheap out when it comes to tickets. But it seems, without fail, whenever I post on Facebook about buying tickets, or tell friends about how much money I’ve spent, they have something to say about it.

Another concert?” “How can you afford all these concerts?” “You paid how much?!” “I would never pay that much for a concert!”

I’ve been hearing comments like this ever since high school. But I don’t care if you think I spend too much money on concert tickets because — guess what? — it’s not your money! Gasp!

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Concerts can be expensive, and in some cases, way too expensive. It isn’t fair to fans who can’t afford to see their favourite acts live, and that should never reflect on how much of a fan someone is. But I can’t change that, and in some cases, neither can the artist. To have a big production complete with backup dancers, musicians, and a huge stage with moving parts and props, tickets won’t be cheap. I understand that, and I accept that. In fact, I use my discretion whenever a concert is announced. I don’t always go for the best seats because even I think they’re too expensive. I figure out where the furthest seats that I would accept are, and then I check how much those seats will cost. Sometimes, it takes some deliberation. Is this artist worth me spending all that money for sub-par seats?

When Adele announced her massive world tour in December, I knew ticket prices would be exorbitant. Just as expected, they were quite pricey, but it’s Adele. Before those tickets went on sale, I had a conversation with my friend about what our budget was, and how high up we were willing to go.  When purchasing tickets for a huge tour like Adele’s, you have to have a plan. Tickets will go fast, so you have to be willing to compromise. My friend and I came to a decision: there was no way we could afford the floor seats, nor could we justify spending that much money for the next section up. We decided what our maximum was to spend, and what our absolute maximum was, in case it was all we could get.

This is what I love, and I’m willing to spend more to have a good experience. Everyone has their own interests, and you might not have the same interests, and that’s fine. But what a person chooses to spend their money on is not your business. For me, nothing compares to the experience of a concert. For somebody who loves music, seeing the artist you admire up close, live, in person cannot be duplicated. If I had more money to spend, I guarantee you I would buy the best tickets available for the artists I love. If  I had the opportunity to be front row at a Britney Spears concert, and the money to make it happen, you better believe I would, no matter what the price.

You might like splurging on makeup or clothes, or cars, or food. I won’t judge you for your spending habits, and you shouldn’t judge me if I choose to spend $150 of my money to see Cher live — which really isn’t a lot of money for a concert, if you ask me.

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