Published on November 9th, 2016 | by Jodie Luke Copeland
Some things you can do for the price of a Robbie Williams ticket
There was much excitement* around internet land when it was announced earlier this week that the next Robbie Williams tour would be calling in to Southampton’s St Marys Stadium.
It’s been announced that standing tickets to see Robbie (and special guests/ support act, Erasure) will cost £82.50 (or £75 + £7.50 booking fee, as ticket agents prefer to list it). There’s also a transaction Fee to be added and no doubt a postage fee, too. So, you’re looking at £90 per person. Now, Robbie Williams is undeniably a popular singer but is he really worth paying £90 for a 2 hour performance? On a Tuesday night? It seems pretty steep. Very fucking steep, in fact.
So, here’s a nice list of amazing stuff you can do for the price of one Robbie Williams ticket.
1). Common People Festival
You can buy 2 x adult weekend tickets for Common People, which takes place on Southampton Common on 27th and 28th May. Previous line ups have included Grace Jones, Fatboy Slim, Duran Duran, Craig David, Primal Scream, De La Soul – and many more world famous acts. Go here for the latest news: http://southampton.commonpeople.net/
2). Isle of Wight Festival
The world famous Isle of Wight festival has had everybody from The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, Muse, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Kasabian, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, The Strokes, Coldplay, The Sex Pistols (this list could go on forever). This year the festival are selling day tickets for £60-£80 so, as well as a day ticket, you could also get a return ferry from Southampton – and still have some change left over. Arcade Fire have been announced as this years Saturday headliners. Check www.isleofwightfestival.com for more information.
3). Fly to Amsterdam (and back!)
I just checked a return flight from Southampton to Amsterdam in January on the Flybe website. It came back as £59.99. That leaves you £30 towards accommodation for 2 nights – and if you use something like Airbnb it’s probably quite doable.
4). Buy 12 tickets to 12 different gigs in your local music venues
Lets face it, Robbie Williams may be playing in Southampton, but in all seriousness, you’re not going to get very close to him. You’ll spend most of the concert either squinting or watching him on the big screen. Then you’ll want to pay another £20 for the DVD because the 20 minutes of footage you’ve taken on your smart phone is distorted and shaky. There are not many gigs at our local venues (The Joiners, Talking Heads, The Brook etc) that cost more than £10 – in face most average about £6-7. So, for the price of a Robbie Williams ticket, you can afford to go to a gig at a local music venue at least once a month. The drinks may cost a bit more – but they won’t be the £5+ watered down lager that you’ll probably get at St Marys Stadium for Robbie. You may even see the next Robbie/Ed Sheeran/Erasure/Jessie J/etc etc up close and personal. You’ll probably get to meet them too (without the need for paying for a meet and greet VIP ticket)
5). Buy tickets to a couple of small, local festivals – with camping!
Pulse Festival returns this year (1-2nd September) after a two year break. With previous headliners including Fun Lovin Criminals and Dreadzone, it’s a great festival to see past and future chart toppers, whilst raising money for the local children’s hospital. For just £50 you get 2 full days of entertainment and camping – which is not much more than the price you’d pay to go camping at at private campsite. With the £40 change, you can go to another local festival, such as Gabe Fest (details to be announced). OR, you could just spend it all on a Blissfields ticket. Blissfields is our favourite local festival and boast Mumford & Sons, Super Furry Animals, Laura Marling and Dizzee Rascal amongst many others who have played the award winning bash. blissfields.co.uk
*(There was an equal amount of criticism too, one of my favourites being “I’d rather shit in my hands and clap”.)