Bruce Springsteen fans enraged over Ticketmaster prices for Birmingham Villa Park concert

Front-standing tickets at Villa Park, Birmingham, have more than trebled in price - and fans are not happy

Fans queue up their laptop/phone and credit card information as they sit prepared to hit select and pay whenever there is a new concert lined up. But, they also know they could end up missing it or may be forced to pay a lot more.

However, the price hike for Bruce Springsteen’s concerts in 2023 in the UK left fans fuming.

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sold out in less than an hour and prices were hiked more than three times on Ticketmaster, which uses a “dynamic pricing” model.

The Live Nation Entertainment company is selling front-standing tickets at Villa Park, Birmingham for £457.85 for the June 16, 2023 show. The lower stand tickets cost more than 600 pounds.

Bruce Springsteen will headline the BST Hyde Park festival. (Getty Images)

Ticketmaster explained on their website that price variation is caused by dynamic pricing, the same process used by airlines and hotels.

Meanwhile, AXS tickets for tier 2 reserved seating are priced at £394.6, which is the cheapest ticket available. The costliest ones are in tier 1 reserved seating category ranging from £610.45 - £684.13.

On Twitter, one fan said: “Gutted! 4 seat tickets at Villa Park £2500 approx, no standing tickets offered, not a single ticket available across all 4 UK venues. Please stop relying on greedy, lazy online sellers & please support ticket outlets/box offices so everyone has an equal chance to buy. Thanks.”

Complaints poured in from Edinburgh, London, and even the US. Fans across the world are feeling betrayed by the high prices, especially with the cost-of-living crisis.

The E Street Band consists of Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, with Soozie Tyrell, Jake Clemons, and Charlie Giordano.

The concerts will mark Springsteen and The E Street Band’s first tour dates since February 2017. However, he did woo fans in Glastonbury last month during his special appearance during Sir Paul McCartney’ headline set.

The last time he performed in Birmingham was 9 November 2006 when the New Jersey rocker enchanted crowds at National Exhibition Centre.

BirminghamWorld has contacted Live Nation and Ticketmaster for their comment.

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