Mar 27 2014, 6:45pm CDT | by Forbes
It’s not officially summer in the music world until Dave Matthews Band starts touring. The band will spend April playing concerts in Australia before kicking off their 2014 Summer Tour on May 16 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in The Woodlands, Texas. The 42-date tour will run through September 6, hitting 32 cities across the US and Canada.
During past tours, the band has combined the best of both DMB worlds with songs including a full electric band and others with a stripped down acoustic Matthews all in one set. ‘A Special Night With Dave Matthews Band’ this summer will take that combination one step further with two full sets, one electric and one acoustic, being performed every night.
Dave Matthews Band tickets have been selling quickly on the secondary market since going on sale in February. With many shows being played at an amphitheater with a large quantity of lawn seats, only six shows are completely sold out. The lack of sold out primary tickets hasn’t stopped prices on the secondary market from rising. The average ticket price is $207, 24% above the average price for the band’s 2013 summer tour.
The increase in price stems from the popularity of the new format of the show, allowing the band to no longer have to make a decision on which songs from the vast catalogue of songs to squeeze into one set. With a setlist that averaged 21 songs during the 2013 tour, the band can have a little more freedom in selecting songs, pleasing both casual and devoted fans. Even more range in the setlist will be available since the band won’t be promoting a new album, having not released a studio album since 2012’s “Away From The World.”
Also driving up the overall tour average price are the most expensive shows on the tour; a sold out show in Bend, Oregon and the last show of the tour in Irvine, California. These two shows have an average price above $400, while there are four others with an average price above $300. Only one concert date for last summer’s tour, in Irvine, featured an average price above $300. Here is a look at the top ten most expensive dates on the Dave Matthews Band summer tour:
|Date||Venue name||Avg Price|
|9/6||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – CA||$465.68|
|8/26||Les Schwab Amphitheater||$410.84|
|7/15||Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena||$394.14|
|5/30||Saratoga Performing Arts Center||$352.38|
|6/6||Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion||$310.80|
|6/10||PNC Bank Arts Center||$307.27|
|5/31||Saratoga Performing Arts Center||$297.59|
|5/24||Aarons Amphitheatre At Lakewood||$253.95|
|8/23||Greek Theatre – U.C. Berkeley||$251.84|
|6/28||First Niagara Pavilion||$247.27|
The average price across the tour could be even higher if not for the eight cities the band will play multiple concerts. More than half of those 18 shows are below the secondary market average for the tour. The most popular is the annual DMB Caravan at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. A three-day pass for Dave Matthews Gorge tickets over Labor Day Weekend has an average price of $246.80, but the most expensive single show is $83.56. Joining the band for all three dates will be Brandi Carlile, with other not yet announced acts to play over the three days. The only other three-show stay the band will make is from August 22-24 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California with two shows below the tour average.
Last year’s summer tour grossed $40.2 million, gracing the top of Billboard’s Hot Tours rankings and eclipsing second-place Phish by more than $20 million. The early returns for ticket demand this year make it likely the band will surpass those totals for this tour. Dave Matthews Band concerts have been a summer staple for many music fans and this summer could be one of the biggest for DMB yet.
Source: Forbes Business
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