Ever wonder how your favorite superstar always seems to be performing in a different city every night? Or why that hot new band is playing at a tiny little club instead of arenas? It’s all about the money, baby! In the music world, private concerts are where the real money is. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at this secret world.
The Who’s Who of Private Concerts
You might be surprised to learn just who’s shelling out big bucks for private concerts. From tech billionaires to foreign dignitaries, there’s no shortage of people with deep pockets who are willing to pay top dollar for the privilege of seeing their favorite bands up close and personal. Among the most notable recent bookings are:
* Taylor Swift ($1 million) for a corporate event in Las Vegas
* Beyonce ($2 million) for a wedding in India
* The Rolling Stones ($4 million) for a Russian oligarch’s birthday party
Why So Secret?
With fees like these, it’s no wonder that private concerts are such a closely guarded secret. After all, nobody wants to see ticket prices go up for everyone just because a few rich people are willing to pay more. But there is another reason for the secrecy surrounding private concerts, and that has to do with logistics. Venues that host regular concerts have strict safety regulations that they have to follow in order to get their operating license. But when it comes to private events, those regulations often go out the window – meaning that anything goes!
This was made abundantly clear last year when Kanye West held a surprise “concert” at an apartment complex in Manhattan. The problem was, the complex wasn’t licensed to host live music events, and West didn’t have permission from the building’s owners to use their space. As a result, hundreds of screaming fans ended up causing extensive damage to the property, and the building’s residents were left with noise complaints and sleepless nights. Oops!
So there you have it – a behind-the-scenes look at the world of private concerts. The next time you see your favorite artist pop up in an unexpected location, now you’ll know why!