Saturday, 1 March 2014

The True Cost Of Gig Going (Part 2)

At the end of last month, during our Cancer Research fundraising 24 hour Blogathon we introduced a new monthly feature on Breaking More Waves where we aimed to identify the true cost of gig going. Over the course of a year we’re monitoring our true spend on going to live shows taking into account travel, tickets, merchandise, spending on drinks in the venue and where we've journeyed some distance, overnight stays in hotels. By the end of the year we aim to present information such as how much our total spend was, what the average price of a gig was, what % of the cost tickets accounted for in going to a gig etc and then draw some conclusions from it.

For now however, we're filing our our end of month report.

February Report

February was another quiet month with just 4 gigs, all of them in Brighton (a 100 mile round trip from where we are located in Portsmouth).

At those 4 shows we saw a total of 10 acts*

All of the shows were relatively small venues ( 2 were less than 100 capacity, the others between 250 and 500 capacity)

Total Money Spent £131.65

Tickets £52.65

Transport £65

Consumables (Drinks etc) £9

Merchandise £5

Accomodation £0

% Spend on tickets as a % of total spend 40%

Monthly average total cost / band £13.16

Running total cost (2 months) £485.05

Running average total cost / band (2 months) £15.15

*Note we haven't included a cover versions act we stumbled across in a local pub for free in these figures as we only saw about 1/4 of the act.

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