Ticketmaster :: Why You Gotta Be So Mean?
When Taylor Swift recently announced that she would be coming to New Orleans on the second leg of her Eras Tour, I was more than excited. I brought my daughter to see her during her Reputation Tour back in 2018 for her first concert ever when she was six. We had an amazing night with all of her friends, which included make up appointments, themed outfits, and a limo bus. It was for sure a night to remember and one that I am hoping to re-create, but apparently things have changed majorly since the last time I bought tickets.
Obviously, everybody has seen the hoopla around the Taylor Swift concert and the seat prices some tickets are going for. I’ve been watching it for months on Facebook but just assumed that we weren’t going so I didn’t have a dog in the fight. But now, as she announced the second leg of her tour here in New Orleans, I am hoping for my chance like Charlie looking for his golden ticket in the form of a presale code. I would love to be these people that are able to spend ELEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS on a concert, but alas, I am just a middle class mama hoping to bring her 11 year old to see one of her favorite performers.
Not only did I have to sign up for a presale code through Ticketmaster itself but I had to go the extra step of signing up for a Taylor Swift fan membership as well, in hopes of getting a code to order tickets. Facebook then so lovingly suggested to me a group “Taylor Swift Eras Tour – New Orleans” that has been made based on people that want to get tickets to the Taylor Swift New Orleans show – which quickly grew to a couple thousand people since the announcement.
Trigger my anxiety.
This whole group is people talking about “how they couldn’t get tickets the first 6 shows they tried” or “we’re only 9 hours away, the drive is worth it!” What did I get myself into? That is when I suddenly realized that it is no longer 2018 and this is definitely not Kansas anymore:
I am out of my league with the hardcore Swifties.
These ladies have stadium maps, signed up every person they know for pre-sale (stupid me!), and are sharing all the tips & tricks for actually being able to buy tickets. But one thing that is clear from reading all the comments – if you don’t get picked for the precious code, the likelihood of you getting tickets without paying resale prices is about zero.
I love live music. I have had the privilege of seeing some of the greats – Cher, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews, Garth Brooks, the list goes on. When did buying tickets to a live show become the equivalent of concert hunger games?! What happened to the days of finding last minute tickets for a great price or camping out at the box office? How in 2023 have Ticketmaster and other large ticket vendors not figured out how to crack down on these outrageous resale prices? Better yet, why do these artists allow this to go on – their own fans being price gouged to see them perform. It makes absolutely no sense to me. How disappointing! Taylor Swift is set to make a BILLION dollars from this tour. And here I am spending my free time reading comments about how to maybe, possibly, hopefully get a chance to even get in line to get tickets?!
So tonight I will go to bed, anxiously waiting for an email from Ticketmaster which will hopefully contain a coveted pre-sale code to purchase tickets on Thursday. I know I will inevitably be disappointed tomorrow if I am not one of the lucky ones chosen, but I will just keep on trying until October of 2024. There’s not many times I would say it is worth it, but for this show – it is!