Usually bands like earning tons of cash for their concerts, but not Calle 13. In what was actually a pretty noble move, the group’s frontman Residente abruptly cancelled an Argentine show because he believed the ticket prices were too high.
Set to take place in the southern city of Comodoro Rivadavia, the Calle concert was charging as much as $500 pesos a seat. That seemed to be too steep forRez, who informed fans via Twitter that he was postponing the show indefinitely.
“Due to the high Price of tickets for the Comodoro show without our consent, we decided to postpone the date until the prices are lowered,” he said. “We travelled to Argentina by land so that the ash from the Chilean volcano didn’t have the chance of causing the show to be cancelled. We were 16 hours into the journey when we found out how expensive the tickets were.”
Interestingly, Residente’s statement may provide some insight into how little bands profit at their own shows. More than likely it was the promoters, ticket brokers, and venue owners that caused the costs to get beefed up. Hopefully, they’ll get the message and help Calle put on a concert that everyone can afford.
By Michael Lopez