Newport Folk Festival Ticket Prices Skyrocket Online
Some tickets available online are selling for more than $1,000 a piece.
Last year was a first for the Newport Folk Festival. The festival sold all of its tickets three weeks before the event.
This year, three months before the acts take the stage at Fort Adams State Park, the show is sold out of every ticket for its Saturday and Sunday shows. The only tickets still available are those for the newly added Friday show, featuring Wilco.
Festival Producer Jay Sweet called the rapid sales "a tribute to our incredible artists, partners, volunteers, local and national media, and most ultimately, our dedicated fans." But some of those fans are upset to see tickets for the festival now on sale online for hundreds more than the original price.
Originally, single day adult tickets sold for $74 in advance and $84 at the gate. Two-day passes were $135. Now, passes are cropping up on the ticket resale site StubHub.com. On the low end, you can get two weekend passes at $450 per pass. The highest asking price for a weekend pass is $1,500, a number out of reach for many folk fest hopefuls.
“I am just devastated and can't believe how these scamming online ticket dealers try to make so much $$ from real folk fans. Who can afford that price? I just want to see Patty!!!” one user commented on Patch last week after an announcement that the festival had sold out.
The 53rd Newport Folk Festival will run from July 27 – 29 at Fort Adams State Park.
What do you think? Are festival tickets worth the extra cost that some online retailers are selling them for? Or do you find this practice unfair?