Re: Ticket Prices... Shows/Festivals=Big $$$
Also, listen to better artists who dont do premixed sets? Move to a less expensive city?
I am spoiled in Ohio because we have a decent scene with big names and our fanciest clubs and most expensive drinks are probably considered cheap comapred to NYC or LA.
Weekend festivals are another matter IMO...if its a all in one ticket 200-300 ish dollars isnt that crazy if you consider the amount of artist, stages, equipment, security, renting the venue...I talked to the guys, several times, who put on most of the raves at Camp America near Oxford, Ohio. Even for that small, cheap venue and using only local and regional artists they usually didnt make a killing off the weekend and relied on a lot of free help.
I would say typically the venue owners and maybe the internationally touring artists are the only ones making any money most of the time.