Everyone dreams of being treated like a celebrity. VIP, an ageless acronym for “very important person,” connotes exclusivity and access, both of which are guaranteed to those willing to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on a package to see their favorite performance.
Yet, not every VIP treatment is made equal. There are others that sell upgraded seats and knickknacks to supporters.
Some people hand out freebies like food and drink, while others hand them autographed merchandise. Moreover, many still offer the highly sought-after opportunity to see the stars in an intimate setting, even in the midst of the pandemic.
Given the potential for different outcomes and the inherent fallibility of any guarantee, it’s important to arm yourself with the following information before making any purchases.
USA TODAY surveyed over a dozen autumn concert tours’ VIP offerings. The lowest ticket was about $200 (Alicia Keys), and the most were $3,500. (Kiss).
Food and (some) drinks, a laminated pass, and souvenirs are provided as standard amenities. Keys hands out free samples of her Keys Soulcare skin-care line, and Kiss lets fans watch the entire show from the pit, where they can also sit at the drum kit, stand at the microphones, and touch the band’s guitars.
About half of the packages included a chance to meet the performers, and these are the most expensive options at $500 and up.
You can expect to pay double or more on secondary ticket markets like StubHub because they sell out so quickly.
And remember, non-transferable tickets sold by the venue itself are extremely rare, so you should only ever buy tickets directly from the box office.
SLOTix, Host VIP, and Meet and Greet Tickets are just a few of the countless websites that offer VIP experiences.
According to Dean Budnick, co-author of “Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped,” “Try to make sure the individuals handling things are respectable.”
Visiting an artist’s website is one relatively risk-free option; there, you can find information about a VIP package and a link to a third-party vendor (like concert promoter Live Nation) authorized to sell such items.
“Some businesses take VIP very seriously and deliver on what the band promises,” adds Budnick. See our webpage for the latest information. TheActiveNews.Com, our online news outlet.