Vivid Seats Reveals Summer Concert Pricing Preview: Top-Selling Tours, Music Festivals and the Cost to Be There

Plus, Big Names that Offer Concert Tickets for Music Lovers on a Budget

Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES

CHICAGO, May 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vivid Seats, the largest independent online ticket marketplace, today released its pricing preview for the top-selling live music events of the 2017 summer season. From legendary classics to breakthrough electropop performers, this summer’s music choices – and ticket prices – represent a broad spectrum. Whether fans want to spend $29 to see Shawn Mendes croon or splurge $700-plus to be part of the Burning Man phenomenon, this year’s concert and festival lineups offer something for everyone.

“Summer is synonymous with live music. Whether it’s a backyard band or a mega music fest, fans eagerly anticipate this season for its iconic outdoor venues and sold out stadium tours,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, Senior Editor for Vivid Seats. “Ticket prices are as varied and dynamic as the artists on tour. While most of the top 10 tours average $150-plus per ticket, there are tickets available for every budget in every corner of the country.”

According to Vivid Seats ticket sales data, the following headliners top the list of most popular concerts this summer season:

Vivid Seats: Top 20 Summer Concert Tours1
RankConcert Tour ArtistAverage Price
2Ed Sheeran$218
3Bruno Mars$226
4Lady Gaga$202
6Tom Petty$188
7Tim McGraw$179
8Roger Waters$173
9Shawn Mendes$134
10Neil Diamond$179
12New Kids On The Block$112
13Sam Hunt$88
14Iron Maiden$129
15J. Cole$147
16Justin Bieber$160
17Florida Georgia Line$120
18Guns N' Roses$164
19Zac Brown Band$111


  • Chicago is the mecca for music this summer, hosting three of the 10 top-selling concert tours including Lady Gaga, Metallica and Florida Georgia Line, not to mention the No. 2 selling music festival, Lollapalooza. 
  • Fans looking for an affordable concert ticket will find Shawn Mendes, Roger Waters and Metallica offer the least expensive overall average prices per ticket, at $134, $173 and $176, respectively.
  • U2 fans may be the most passionate, paying an average of $262 per ticket to see The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, with some of the highest average ticket prices for U2 appearances at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas ($313) and Chicago’s Soldier Field ($308).

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Vivid Seats summer music festival ticket sales data reveals an eclectic mix of genres and geography where weekend festivals reign supreme this year:

Vivid Seats: Top 10 Summer Music Festivals2
RankConcert Tour ArtistLocationGet-In PriceAverage Price
1The ClassicLos Angeles & Flushing, N.Y.$145$397
3Cincinnati Music FestivalCincinnati$53$136
4Buckeye Country SuperfestColumbus$39$171
5CMA Music FestivalNashville$125$599
6BottleRock FestivalNapa, Calif.$120$433
7Bayou Country SuperfestNew Orleans$34$182
8Vans Warped Tour40+ City Tour$39$56
9FishfestSacramento, Calif.$21$59
10Watershed FestivalNashville$249$359


  • While the Watershed Festival in Nashville boasts the most expensive get-in price of $249, fans have access to 32 artists performing over the 3-day weekend, which averages just over $7 per artist.
  • For fans simply looking for a good time without the premium price tag, Fishfest in Anaheim, Calif. ($21 get-in price) and Bayou Country Superfest in New Orleans ($34 get-in price) offer the least expensive tickets of the top music fests.
  • For fans who just can’t get enough, the Vans Warped Tour boasts the most performances this summer with stops in 41 cities and an average get-in price of just $39 in Milwaukee.


Vivid Seats makes it easy and affordable to be a loyal fan with Vivid Values. Check out all the great offers for music lovers this summer.

  • Encore Savings: Fans who see the same artist or show twice within a 12-month period save five percent off their next order.
  • Fan 4 Everything: Fans who attend any four different events within a 12-month period are rewarded with $50 credit toward their next purchase.
  • A Perfect 10 Group Discount: Fans who bring a group of 10 or more to see their favorite artist or show are rewarded with 10 percent off a future purchase.

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1Vivid Seats’ Top 10 summer concerts and average prices based on Vivid Seats sold tickets as of 5/8/17, for events between 5/26/17 and 9/4/17.
2Vivid Seats’ Top 10 summer music festivals and average prices based on Vivid Seats sold tickets as of 5/8/17, for events between 5/26/17 and 9/4/17. Get-in prices based on Vivid Seats listed tickets as of 5/8/17.
3For full terms and conditions on these offers and to become a member of Vivid Values, visit

About Vivid Seats
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