Tucked in Robert Sandall's Sunday Times piece on CDs and the music industry was this observation:
Now that live music rules, nobody bothers to complain about what it costs any more. Euphoria at the news earlier this year that the Police had reformed obliterated all concerns that it cost between £70 and £90 to see them play at Twickenham in September. I spoke to many fans at one of those gigs; not one complained about the ticket price.
Well, probably not - after all, if they had thought that seventy quid was too much to see Sting, they wouldn't have been at the gig for Sandall to talk to, would they?
But is this price inflation really happening without demur? Just because you can fill out a room with people willing to pay £100 doesn't mean it's actually the right thing to do; and for younger bands especially, making the audience select itself from amongst the rich could help kill the atmosphere. The rising price of ticket prices isn't a victimless crime.