The cost of gigs: which music stars offer the best value for money?
Bruce Springsteen

Ever wondered how much value for money you’re getting for your concert ticket?

Fans of Bruce Springsteen must have felt they were certainly getting value last week. ‘The Boss’ played a hometown show at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, as part of The River Tour 2016, and managed to break his US show record by playing for a whopping four hours.

Springsteen is well-known for his extended concerts, and this got us thinking about what constitutes a value-for-money show in this era.

We looked at a number of 2016’s biggest touring musicians, as well as their average set list length (via to calculate who is giving you more for your gig money.

Kanye West: £2.72 per song

Kanye West, Glastonbury

Love him or loathe him, Kanye is currently offering the most hits for the cheapest price. West is only a few dates into his Saint Pablo North American tour, with the average price for a ticket standing at £87.13.

For your entry fee you get around 32 songs, Yeezy descending from the sky above you on a floating stage and (most probably) a trademark rant. Not bad.

Rihanna: £2.72 per song


Hot on Kanye’s heels is the Barbadian pop star who is currently on her Anti World Tour taking in North America, Europe and Asia.

With an average set of 25 songs, for the price of £68.14 (according to Pollstar), Rihanna isn’t quite into Springsteen levels of longevity but reflects that in charging less than her contemporaries.

Radiohead: £2.91 per song

Thom Yorke Radiohead Amsterdam

Radiohead’s return this year was met with a huge amount of frenzy and the UK leg of their A Moon Shaped Pool tour sold out within minutes.

For those who managed to see Thom and the gang, they were treated to an average of 24 songs for the price of £70 at London’s Roundhouse – including classics such as ‘Paranoid Android’, ‘Pyramid Song’ and ‘Street Spirit’.

However, there were various reports of fans being charged up to £3,000 from secondary ticket sellers for the UK shows, bumping up your cost to a whopping £125 per song.

Bruce Springsteen: £2.97 per song

Bruce Springsteen

As previously stated, “The Boss” may be the longest gig in music – having just topped his own record with a four hour show.

According to Pollstar, tickets for Springsteen’s The River Tour go for an average of £97.88, with most sets running to around 33 songs. We guarantee some of those tracks are extended versions of the original too.

Beyoncé: £2.97 per song

Is Beyoncé the new Bruce? Interestingly enough, Beyoncé’s latest Formation World Tour has seen her average 33 songs for an average price of £98.03, according to Pollstar.

That puts Knowles within decimal point places of Springsteen when it comes to value for your entertainment currency.

Muse: £3.06 per song

Matt Bellamy Muse

Muse’s 2016 world tour, titled Drones, was a full-spectacle complete with light shows, confetti, round stages and, er, drones.

The Milton Keynes trio were charging an average of £67.50 for their shows at the O2 in London and were performing a slick 21 songs on average. All that confetti doesn’t come cheap.

Coldplay: £3.18 per song


Chris Martin and the gang have been packing out stadiums across Europe and North America in promotion of their seventh album A Head Full of Dreams in 2016.

Coldplay tickets are reported to have been selling for around £70 on average, getting you 22 songs and a full feast of extravagant colours along the way.

Adele: £3.82 per song


Yes, those golden vocal chords do not come cheap. Adele has transformed from Tottenham girl-next-door to the world’s sweetheart in the last few years.

The pop megastar is currently taking in North America on the latest leg of her tour following the release of her album 25, with the price of her shows being around £65 for an average of 17 songs. Those big ballad numbers can take it out of you.


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