Are Music Festivals Really Worth it? Summer 2013 Edition

EZoo or EDC? Bonnaroo or Coachella? Picking which festival is right for you is a point of personal preference.  If you’re torn about what to do, maybe we can help by telling you where to get the best bang for your buck this summer.

Here’s how we did it: At TickPick we have tons of data on ticket prices for artists across all genres. So, I took the top 5 billed performers for each music festival this summer. I added them up, and then subtracted that total number from the average ticket price for each festival. From there, we can easily see which concert festival is the most expensive and which festival has the most value.

Festival Ticket Prices (Average Face Value)

 

So first off, we have just the raw data. Here’s a head to head comparison of average ticket prices for some of the major summer concert festivals. Remember that, because summer’s already here, you probably won’t be able to get face value tickets any longer. Check out some of our deals at TickPick.

What you’d pay to see the Artists Performing at that Festival Individually

 

This is where things start to get interesting. This chart takes the top 5 billed performers from each concert and adds up what you’d pay to see them play individually. For the sake of time and keeping myself sane, I only did the top 5 billed performers for each concert. The lesser performers ticket prices usually have a smaller difference in prices anyway, so really adding up more performers would have been negligible.

Money You Save Going to Each Festival

And there you go! By subtracting those two numbers you can see what kind of money you save for each festival. Now, when you’re deciding whether or not you want to go see that festival and sit through 25 acts that you don’t really like, just to see that one cool band, you’ll know whether it’s really all that worth it.

All that Stuff in One Graph

Summer 2013 Data

Of course you have to keep in mind that many of these festivals have the price tags they do for a reason. Whether it be atmosphere, lighting, a really cool venue, or tons of secondary performers, the fact of the matter is that running a music festival is expensive. What you get for all that expense is an experience. Don’t take that lightly. Festivals are unlike concerts in so many wonderful ways and i absolutely suggest everybody attend at least a few. I’m just here to give you the bare bones facts about what each had to offer because I thought it was interesting, and quite frankly, I’m a college student so small differences in price mean a lot to me right now.

And to justify why some festivals came out so horribly — EDC and EZoo are electronic music festivals and Rock the Bells centers mainly around Hip-Hop. In either case, the artists’ in the genre don’t generally charge as much as others, even at the most expensive end. Because of this, you see a higher level of performers overall at these festivals, because it costs the people running the festival less money to acquire a large amount of talent.

Fortunately, I work for a website that sells tickets and because I feel really bad about making EZoo, EDC, and Rock the Bells look bad and because we really like our customers, here’s a coupon code for up to $20 off any ticket purchase:

Festival Details:

Bonnaroo 2013

When: Jun. 13-16
Where: Manchester, TN

Individual Performers Total: $282.96

Average Face Value Ticket Price: $240

What You’re Saving: $42.96

Ultra 2013

When: Mar. 15 – 17 and Mar. 22 – 24
Where: Miami, FL

Individual Performers Total: $219.80

Average Face Value Ticket Price: $175

What You’re Saving: $44.80

Warped Tour 2013

When: Jun. 15 – Aug. 4
Where: National Tour

Individual Performers Total: $93.25

Average Face Value Ticket Price: $37.50

What You’re Saving: 55.75

Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas) 2013

When: Jun, 21 – 23
Where: Las Vegas, NV

Individual Performers Total: $190.86

Average Face Value Ticket Price: $240

What You’re Saving (losing!): -49.04

SummerFest 2013

When: Jun. 26 – 30
Where: Milwaukee, WI

Individual PerformersTotal: $$233.72

Face Value Ticket Price: $39 (3 Day Pass)

What You’re Saving: $194.72

Lollapalooza 2013

When: Aug. 2 – 4
Where: Chicago, IL

Individual Performers Total: $225.68

Average Face Value Ticket Price: $220

What You’re Saving: $5.68

Electric Zoo

When: Aug. 3 – Sept. 1
Where: Randalls Island Park, NYC

Individual Performers Total: $195.89

Average Face Value Ticket Price: $359

What You’re Saving(losing!): -163.11

Outside Lands 2013

When: Aug. 9 – 11
Where: San Francisco, CA

Individual Performers Total: $257.23

Average Face Value Ticket Price: $225

What You’re Saving: $27.23

Rock the Bells 2013

When: Aug. 17 – 18, Aug. 24 – 25 and Aug. 31 – Sept. 1(Projected)
Where: San Bernadino, CA, Mountain View, CA and Holmdel, NJ,

Individual Performers Total: $138.20

Average Face Value Ticket Price: $305

What You’re Saving (losing!): $-166.80

BumberShoot 2013

When: Aug. 31 – Sept. 2
Where:
 Seattle, WA

Individual PerformersTotal: $185.27

Face Value Ticket Price: $120

What You’re Saving: $65.27

Made in America 2013

When: Aug. 31 – Sept. 1 (Projected)
Where: Philadelphia, PA

Individual Performers Total: $278.70

Average Face Value Ticket Price: $168.70

What You’re Saving: $110

 

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