Driving from Michigan to Chicago this afternoon, we passed an SUV decorated with shoe polish writing declaring that the passengers were headed to the One Direction concert in Chicago, and that they were "Directioners for life!" My daughter waved at them and I felt a pang of guilt. While not completely insane about it, my daughter very much likes One Direction, the British boy band, and has a poster in her room of Harry, Niall, Liam, Zayn and Louis.
I wondered if I should I have tried to get her a ticket for the concert, and if it was worth doing so at the last minute.
Short answer: No. and No.
I had no idea how expensive it was, or I would not have even considered it. One Direction concert tickets cost, on average, $637.50 each, according to CNN.
No, the tickets don't go on sale for that much, but KDVR reports that for a Justin Bieber concert, only eight percent of the available tickets went on sale to the general public. The practice of not releasing many tickets to the public is why for One Direction concerts, "[m]any fans have experienced the utter frustration of waiting for tickets to go on sale at 11 a.m. only to have a site register that there are no more tickets available just minutes later. But what about those phrases you have to type in that ensure that you are a human and not a bot attempting to buy blocks of tickets? It matters not."
Admittedly, a quick internet search this afternoon revealed some GA lawn seats for the evening's concert at a lower cost, but nothing at under $100 a ticket. To spend that before paying for parking and the other costs associated with attending and at such a distance that the boys look like singing ants still seems a bit much. Add to that that it would have been just me and her, and let's face it, a big part of the fun of your first big concert is sharing the experience with a friend, not just your mom and a mom who is a poor excuse for a Directioner at that.
When I talked to my tween about it, I took a page out of the HGTV "Property Virgins" page and started by asking how much she thought tickets were going for and how much she was willing to pay. Before answering, she asked if it was money out of her account or if I was buying. Clearly those answers would have been different. We had a good talk about spending and what is a reasonable price.
I expected her to be more upset or try to present a case for going, but she didn't.
I know that it's an experience that my daughter would love to have, but it will come in time. More boy bands and more concerts will come along in the future. If she wants to go, and if I want to take her, we better start saving now.
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