“Ticket Troubles: Taylor Swift and Beyoncé Fans Demand Transparency in Ticket Sales”

Music fans have been outspoken against the sale of “obstructed view” or “listening only” tickets at recent world tours by Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.

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Both pop musicians are now touring the United States as part of their global concert tours.

Swift is on tour with her Eras tour, while Beyoncé is on tour with her Renaissance World Tour.

While there has been much criticism of the ticket prices for both sets of events, as well as the impossibility of fans to obtain tickets owing to demand, fans have recently protested about the selling of “obstructed view” seats.

Because of the nature of the venue where they’re being played, these tickets are labeled as having partially blocked views.

They are typically sold at a lesser price, but fans have complained that individuals are still being charged too much because they cannot see the entire stage.

Taylor Swift
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 28: EDITORIAL USE ONLY Taylor Swift performs onstage during Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour at Levi’s Stadium on July 28, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management )

 

Some fans in obstructed view tickets – which are available for $49 (about £38) – were positioned immediately behind the main stage, meaning they could only see the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer when she was out on the walkway, according to clips released from Swift’s recent gigs.

One fan wrote, “My view is hella obstructed but hearing Taylor live is enough for me.”

A fan shared a video filmed behind the main stage on TikTok in which just the walkway could be seen.

No words can adequately express the emotion of seeing The Eras Tour entrance, as the original poster titled her video. However, one Twitter user posted an image from the post and wrote: “This is just money hungry bulls*** u don’t even get to see anything.”

The cost of these Taylor Swift tickets is absurd. One supporter wrote, “$800 minimum for a blocked view in the nosebleeds and halfway to God.”

Another user tweeted: “So wrong and sad to see so many tickets still available at absurd prices (over $1000 for fourth level with obstructed view) right before showtime when there are fans ready and waiting to go in who’ve been trying to get tickets for months.”

One fan questioned if they should just buy $900 tickets and deal with the consequences later or take the chance of a last-minute Ticketmaster obstructed view release.

Pictures of “no view” seats for Beyoncé’s tour that promised a “listening only” experience were shared on Twitter by some users. A few images from the event, nevertheless, seem to demonstrate that the stage is still visible.

Additionally, some ticket holders complained that even though their seats for Swift and Beyoncé’s concerts had not been designated as limited views, they were nevertheless blocked by the venue’s towers.

One fan responded, “Hey besties anything you can do since our ticket doesn’t say obstructed view,” along with a photo of a building blocking their view.

“TF so disappointed. Not me getting floor tickets to see Beyoncé and this gigantic monstrosity is in my way. Another user tweeted a similar image with the comment, “It did not say obstructed view.

On TikTok, however, fans have urged one another to get the less expensive obstructed view tickets because they believe that simply being in the same room as Beyoncé or Taylor Swift is an experience worth having.

 

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