Saturday, July 3, 2010

Nearly $300 for a cheap seat

The Mekong Sessions bandwagon rolls on. The idea is to get some top notch musical acts to come and perform in Phnom Penh, put Cambodia on the map and tempt the apparent 15 million expats in the area to part with their hard-earned cash. Some of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross, whilst disabled sport in the kingdom will also benefit. The first act to perform, on 27 November, will be the music legend Leonard Cohen, who I've personally never heard of. Bob Dylan may've been a better bet, or Celine Dion, Carlos Santana, or even Nana Mouskouri (she's sold 200 million records you know). Anyways, ticket prices for the 5,000-seat venue have been announced and they range from $282.50 for the cheap seats to over $550 for the VIPs. Oh, and there's a booking and transaction fee on top. This is the first of many acts to grace Phnom Penh according to the organizers. Watch this space.

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Anonymous eric said...

Ticket prices during the European Tour of L. Cohen are between 100-150 USD (which is btw still too expensive) and even the ticket prices of the New Zealand leg of the tour are around 130 USD...

SO WHY WE HAVE TO PAY ALMOST 3-DOUBLE TO SEE THE GUY HERE IN CAMBODIA...?

July 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LC is relatively well known but still fairly obscure and most Cambodians will never have heard of him. The prices are absolutely outrageous, disgusting even. All the expats I've spoken to have no interest in going at even a 10th of these prices. Revolting.

July 4, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous boone said...

I think one of his most famous songs is "hallelujah", which was made famous by jeff buckley.
I would pay that much to see Celion Dion, but like the guy earlier mentioned, i wouldn't pay that much to see Mr. Cohen.

July 5, 2010 at 9:07 AM  
Anonymous James said...

I would probably pay $100-$200 for the good seats but $600 is just plain crazy.

Mind you what exactly is a good seat in Olympic Stadium?

I think I will wait and see what happens to the pricing structure after all the negative feedback before considering buying a ticket.

Hopefully they will do a special price for local expats.

July 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry Andy, you can get a press ticket :-)

Its a similar price to Summer Sonic and Loudpark in Japan

http://www.summersonic.com/2010/lineup/
http://www.loudpark.com/10/

Comparing lineups, I don't see many HK expats flying over to see Mr. Cohen

July 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM  
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July 6, 2010 at 12:37 AM  

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