In 1965, half of the 26 Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers belonged to British acts. This summer, of the top 50 concerts ranked by average price on the secondary market, 34 are for British bands. Welcome to the British invasion 2.0.
While our parents experienced the first invasion in front of a radio or TV, this summer’s version will take place in arenas around the country. In today’s version, amazingly, many of the same names are at it again: The Rolling Stones, The Who and even Sir Paul McCartney himself. In 2013, though, the old guard is just the warm-up band for the main act: One Direction
At an average tour price of $674, One Direction Tickets are the most expensive of the summer. One Direction’s ‘Take Me Home’ Tour is a mega-tour with 120 shows across the globe. Three of One Direction’s shows have an average price of over $1,000 and nine have an average price above $750. While these average prices are mortgage-worthy, the good news is that you can see most of these acts for under $50, depending what city you live in.
To help plan your summer we’ve listed the top 20 tours below, by average price on the secondary market, as well as the top 50 shows, by average price. Of the top six tours this summer, three are British acts and three are from the U.S., with Beyonce tickets being the most expensive for a U.S. act, followed closely by Pink Tickets.
If you, or someone in your household, is locked into One Direction but you can’t stomach the prices, there’s hope. With the bulk of their U.S. 2013 tour still to come, tickets are already on sale for their 2014 ‘Where Are We’ Tour, which will be their first stadium tour. While no U.S. dates have yet been announced, we assume they’ll be coming soon. At double the capacity of their current arena tour, prices should be cheaper if you can endure the wait. If none of those options work, you can always pre-order a bottle of Our Moment, 1D’s ‘debut fragrance’ which comes out on August 25 and can be purchased for as low as $33 at a retail location near you.