(UPDATE 6/23/15) The 2015 BET Experience will kick off at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday. The concert series will run over three days and feature some of rap and hip-hop’s most notable performers, including Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo. Perhaps the biggest artist to take the stage over the three-day affair will be N.W.A., who will reunite in promotion of the group’s upcoming biopic “Straight Outta Compton”.
Increasing demand for tickets to see the group reunite has led to rising ticket prices on the secondary market. N.W.A. will play the final night of the series on Saturday, and the average price for Saturday BET Experience tickets is now $223.96. That marks a 19.2% boost since last Wednesday, when tickets averaged at $187.78 on the secondary market. The cheapest available ticket to Saturday’s event is currently $89.
N.W.A.’s reunion hasn’t elicited the most expensive ticket average, however. Comedian Kevin Hart’s headlining gig on Thursday is still the top-priced event, with tickets averaging at $228.86 on the secondary market. The cheapest ticket to the opening night is $86. Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo and Rae Sremmurd will headline the second night on Friday. Tickets for that night currently average at $174.81 and get-in price starts at $37.
With N.W.A Reuniting, 2015 BET Experience Tickets Nearing $200 Average on Secondary Market
(UPDATE 6/17/15) A week has passed since Ice Cube announced that N.W.A. will reunite for a one-off performance at the 2015 BET Experience later this month, and ticket prices have remained firm on the secondary market. According to TicketIQ, the average secondary price for BET Experience tickets over its three-day affair at Staples Center in Los Angeles is $195.91.
Interestingly enough, it will be comedian Kevin Hart’s headlining performance on June 25 that has garnered the highest ticket price on average. June 25 BET Experience tickets currently average at $212.86 and the get-in price, or cheapest available ticket, is $87. The following night, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo and Rae Sremmurd will front the bill, and tickets average at $183.92 on the secondary market. Get-in price for the June 26 gig is $62.
N.W.A. will play alongside Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar to close the festival out on June 27. Tickets for the final day of the 2015 BET Experience now average at $196.43 and the get-in price is $86 on the secondary market.
Ice Cube hasn’t touched upon his past in N.W.A. since 2000’s “Up In Smoke” Tour, when he brought MC Ren along for the ride. The reunion is being held in promotion of the group’s upcoming biopic “Straight Outta Compton”, which is slated to hit theaters on August 14.
N.W.A. To Reunite at BET Experience in Los Angeles Later This Month
(6/9/15) Ice Cube is Alwayz Into Somethin’, but the rapper-turned-actor on Monday revealed news that’s reverberated across the hip-hop stratosphere. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the former gangsta rapper has stated that he will regroup N.W.A. for a special performance at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on June 27 at this year’s BET Experience. The reunion comes just before the release of Straight Outta Compton, the group’s biopic that hits theaters everywhere August 14.
The SoCal performance will be the first time N.W.A. has performed as a group in 26 years. All living members, including DJ Yella and MC Ren, are expected to appear alongside Ice Cube. Dr. Dre has yet-to-be confirmed though is expected to be in attendance. Along with Ice Cube, Dre co-produced the upcoming movie about N.W.A.’s rampageous past, from its formation in 1986 to Eazy E’s untimely passing in 1995.
The “Express Yourself” creators aren’t the only performers drawing considerable hype to this year’s BET Experience. The three-day concert series will take place at Staples Center between June 25 and 27 and will also feature headlining sets from comedian Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo and Rae Sremmurd. Hip-hop heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg will also perform with N.W.A.
According to TicketIQ, the average price for BET Experience tickets over its three days in L.A. is currently $212.06 on the secondary market. Kevin Hart’s headlining show on June 25 is the most expensive day, with secondary tickets averaging at $228.75 and get-in price, or the cheapest available ticket, listed for $81. N.W.A. tickets for the group’s gig on June 27 currently average at $207.78 and the get-in price is $86. Minaj, Ne-Yo and Sremmurd’s performances on June 26 has tickets averaging at $201.80 and get-in price starting at $62 on the secondary market.
Cube hasn’t performed with Yella since 1989 and last hit the stage with Ren during the “Up In Smoke” Tour in 2000. The 45-year-old is promising that his plans for the Los Angeles show will live up to the excitement, too.
“It’s gonna be a great night", says Cube. "We’re gonna be there with Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q. It’s just gonna be one of those ‘I wish I were in L.A. nights'”.