2014 has already started out as a big year for music and is turning into a great year for musicians on tour and the fans wanting to see them. Some of the biggest artists in music will be touring this year and many of them are building up a high average price on the secondary market. With most of these tours coming in the spring and summer, many fans are looking past the winter vortex and looking forward to a big summer of music. The top ten tours of the year range from all types of music genres and concert venues.
Jason Aldean is already on tour, but that hasn’t decreased any demand for his upcoming concerts, which has the most expensive average ticket price for 2014. Aldean has 42 dates left on the Night Train Tour until the end of October with a $421.20 average price. His May 3 show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ has the highest average price of $917.02. The September 7 show at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach is the only date with an average price under $100 at $86.75. As he finishes up the winter arena tour, Jason Aldean tickets start to become available for the spring and summer dates for the stadiums he will be playing.
On the other side, the cheapest average tour of the year belongs to Ellie Goulding. Goulding is currently on the road in Europe, but will come back the the US and Canada for 17 dates starting in March. The most expensive Ellie Goulding tickets come April 22 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland for under 70 available tickets at a $233.53 average. The average drops all the way down to $75.51 for the cheapest date of the tour, April 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada . Even with the $114 average over the tour, only three individual shows have an average ticket price below $100.
The biggest tour of the year might belong to the biggest popstar in the world, Katy Perry. Perry will depart for her Prismatic World Tour in June for 46 cities, with the North American dates running until mid-October. Katy Perry tickets have an average price of $280.79 across the tour. The most expensive single show is at the Air Canada Centre at $778.50 with 2800 available tickets. August 16 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky will be the cheapest average show at $166.99 and is one of 12 shows under a $200 average.
Currently surpassing Perry with average ticket price is Bruno Mars. After playing halftime of the Super Bowl, Mars will be a busy man with a 70-date Moonshine Jungle World Tour. Tickets for 60 of those dates are currently available on TicketIQ with an average price of $324.85 over those dates. The most expensive Bruno Mars tickets are for the second to last date of the tour at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico with an average price of $870.88, but for fewer than 40 listed tickets. The most expensive US date is the second date of the tour at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on February 16 with a $840.15 average price. Just under 50 tickets are currently available as many of the dates on the tour have very limited availability on the secondary market.
While Billy Joel has set up a residency at Madison Square Garden, he will also be touring other arenas and stadiums from now until August. The average price for Billy Joel tickets is $279.10 across all dates and a $394.72 average price for his eight MSG shows. Joel will play the Garden once a month until September and his March MSG date is the most expensive upcoming concert with a $465.12 average price. Four of Joel’s five highest average prices are from the Garden with the other being June 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a $437.76 average. The least expensive average price comes February 9 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina at an average price of $179.99.
Miley Cyrus will be embarking on her Bangerz Tour starting on Valentine’s Day and will play 38 dates until the end of April. The average price for a ticket during the duration of the tour is $197.15. The most expensive show, by average ticket price, is April 3 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey with an average price of $298.54 with over 5200 available tickets. The cheapest average price for Miley Cyrus tickets is $124.17 for a March 6 show at CenturyLink Center is Omaha, Nebraska for 2500 available tickets, though the get-in price for the show, $57, is around the tour average.
Lady Gaga tickets have an average price of $235.50 spread across 36 dates for the North American leg of her ARTPOP Ball Tour. The tour will start with seven shows at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City from March 28 to April 7, then run until July 21 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The fourth show at Roseland on April 2 is the most expensive average price of the tour at $497.64 with a limited quantity, just 700, of tickets available. The least expensive average price is for July 7 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo for just under 2900 available tickets.
It’s not officially summer unless Dave Matthews Band is on tour, and they’ll be doing that this summer. The 42-date amphitheatre tour will feature two different sets, one featuring the full band and one with an acoustic Matthews and guitarist Tim Reynolds. The average price across all dates is $206.19. The highest average price comes on July 23 at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh with a $653 average over a limited number of tickets. The least expensive average price is $65.36 on July 11 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. During the 42 dates, eight of them will come at multiples stops at the same venue like the Greek Theatre and Gorge Amphitheatre, giving fans ample opportunities to purchase Dave Matthews Band tickets.
Only one tour combines two of the biggest bands in rock right now with Paramore and Fall Out Boy joining forces for Monumentour. The two bands will be co-headlining 35 dates across North America during the summer. The average price across the tour is $138.08 starting in June. Currently, the most expensive show is at the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah with an average price of $252.83. For half the get-in price of the Utah show, fans can get average price Fall Out Boy and Paramore tickets in Hartford, Connecticut at the Xfinity Theatre on June 19 for just $48. Only seven dates feature an average price under $100.
Some other notable full tours this year will be Demi Lovato, playing 37 dates in February and March at an average price of $173.94. Arcade Fire is playing two less dates, but spreading them out from March to August with an average tour price of $184.53. Kings of Leon, along with Gary Clark Jr., will be playing 29 dates in North America from February to April at an average price of $158.62.
There are other big acts touring, but none are schedule to play more than 20 dates this year. Foster the People carries a $296.19 average price for just 13 dates in April and May. Black Sabbath also has an average price over $200 at $237.82 for 12 shows in March and April. After a big Grammys night, Lorde will be playing 19 dates in North America in March and April at a $162.72 average price. With only nine show dates from January through March, Zac Brown Band has an average ticket price of $132.45. None of that beats Santana’s four night stay at the House of Blues in Las Vegas from January 29 to February 1 with a $193.78 average.