LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Lady Gaga fans have cried foul after ticket prices for newly-added dates for the singer's smash-hit "Monster's Ball" tour doubled in price over previous dates on the tour.
Lady Gaga's new promoter, Live Nation added the additional set of dates in May and June in the U.K., Sweden, Germany the Netherlands, Belgium and France due to 'overwhelming' demand.
Enthusiasm for the new dates from Lady G's fans however, has been tempered by the steep increase in price for tickets to the new dates. While the original U.K. dates (some of which were promoted by Live Nation rival AEG) were priced between £27.50 to £35, prices for the new shows are set between £50 to £75. All three of the new dates, Birmingham on 28 May, London on 30 May and Manchester on 2 June are at the same venues the singer hit on an earlier leg of the same tour.
"Will we be getting a brand new show when the tour comes back to the UK in May? Or will the show be the same, and fans will be expected to pay £75 for a show that only cost them £27 to see months earlier?" one fan wrote in a post on the artist's forum.
"I will gladly pay the extra if we are promised something extra – however, surely it would be a case for trading standards … I am a big Gaga fan but the advertised ticket prices on Live Nation have pissed me off – I feel like someone is taking the piss with what we are expected to pay." the fan added.
Live Nation has defended the price increase, and told the Guardian that "What was a small arena/theatre production is now a massive, first-rate arena production. Ticket prices for the previous dates were set long before the current Monster Ball show was developed. Ticket prices are comparable and fair."
"You can be assured the artist's manager, agents, business manager and lawyer can/would protect against any potential for exploitation – not to mention the suggestion that would actually be contemplated by us is out of line." the Live Nation spokesperson added. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers