Adele recently announced that she has rescheduled her Las Vegas residency, but will fans have to break the bank in order to attend?
The British singer was originally set to perform in Vegas starting this past January, but the day before her opening night, she revealed that the show would be postponed. On Monday, July 25, she took to social media to share that she was “ecstatic” to announced that the “Weekends With Adele” residency has been finalized, and the show will begin in November with eight new dates.
“Words cannot explain how ecstatic I am to finally be able to announce these rescheduled shows,” Adele wrote. “I truly was heartbroken to have to cancel them. But after what feels like an eternity of figuring out logistics for the show that I really want to deliver, and knowing it can happen, I’m more excited than ever!”
While all existing tickets purchased last year remain valid, fans who do not have tickets yet were shocked by what they saw. The Ticketmaster pre-sales will not begin until August 10, but record-high ticket prices are being reported on the resale ticketing site, StubHub. Fans claimed that prices were being sold for between $600 and over $40,000 each.
Neither the “Rolling in the Deep” singer nor the venue hosting the residency has yet to make comment.
Adele is not the only artist with ticket prices causing an outrage in fans. Rock musician Bruce Springsteen is also receiving backlash after sales reportedly “skyrocketed” to $4,000 due to a high demand for The Boss Tour. This comes as a result of Ticketmaster’s “dynamic pricing program.”
A user on Twitter expressed their disbelief saying, “Gotta get a 2nd mortgage to get a ticket.”
Gotta get a 2nd mortgage to get a ticket.
— John Vollaro (@supashoppa) July 22, 2022
Another said that in order to afford to see the “Born in the U.S.A.” singer, they would have to resort to other means. “Waiting for the quote on selling my kidney to get nosebleed seats,” they wrote on Twitter.
Thanks for the reminder. Waiting for the quote on selling my kidney to get nosebleed seats. 🤞
— Steve O (@sorgansf) July 22, 2022
While Springsteen has not given a comment regarding this concern among his audience, Ticketmaster stood by their program that caused the surge in ticket prices. “Prices and formats are consistent with industry standards for top performers,” the company said in a statement.
“Downplaying the number of controversial “platinum” tickets with variable prices that reached as high as $5,000 apiece on the first day of on-sales, Ticketmaster says those represent only 11.2% of the overall tickets sold,” Variety shared. “By the ticketing service’s calculations, that left the other 88.2% of tickets sold at fixed prices that ranged from $59.50 to $399 before added service fees.”
Since there has yet to be an explanation for the four-figure ticket prices, many are accusing the singer of not caring for his fans and accusing the ticket-selling site of having “garbage” policies.
“Is this the way you wanted to treat your diehard fans?” another critic asked on social media, tagging Springsteen.
“Weekends with Adele” is set to run November 18, 2022, through March 25, 2023, and will be held at The Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Ticketmaster will begin pre-sales for the residency on August 10 and 11.
Bruce Springsteen will be hitting the road for his 2023 arena tour starting in February for several U.S. dates before making his way to Europe to play shows throughout May, June and July.