TICKETS have gone on sale for Van Morrison’s performance at Colston Hall next month – at a record price.
The best seats at the Northern Irish musician’s gig on September 22 will set you back £100, which is the most expensive ticket sold for a single event in the history of the venue.
It is also believed that it could be the highest ticket price the city has seen at any of its concert venues.
The dearest ticket the nearby Hippodrome has ever sold for a single event is the £75 tickets for the touring Dirty Dancing production which is hitting the stage later this year, and in the last couple of years it has not hosted individual artists equivalent to Mr Morrison, because they tend to play their largest Bristol gigs at Colston Hall.
Colston Hall says the ticket prices are set by the promoter of the show, but confirmed that apart from festival tickets they sell, Mr Morrison’s pricey seats were the most expensive they have ever had available.
Colston Hall spokeswoman Sarah Robertson said: “Ticket prices for the Van Morrison concert were set by the promoter of the show. The £100 tickets are premium seats in the first four rows of the hall and lower price tickets are available for this show at £45, £65 and £85.
“Although established artists like Van Morrison can charge higher ticket prices, customers can see many shows at Colston Hall for much less, including Noah and the Whale in October for £15 and tickets for our orchestral concerts cost as little as £8 for under 26 year olds.”
In recent years the notoriously unpredictable performer has been almost an annual visitor to Bristol.
The 65-year-old has performed at Colston Hall ten times since 1986 – and this will be his seventh time at the venue in the last ten years. He also played the Hippodrome in 2003 and 2005.The Grammy award winner was last in Bristol in 2009, when ticket prices ranged between £45 and £80, and in 2008 when they set fans back between £32.50 and £40.
Next month’s gig also has some cheaper seats at £45, £65 and £85, but tickets for the “premium” first four rows cost £100.
Mr Morrison – known to his fans as Van the Man – is best known for his hits Brown Eyed Girl and Gloria.
Other events at the Colston Hall in the next couple of months include the legendary Crosby and Nash with tickets between £45 and £55; crooner Daniel O’Donell whose tickets will set you back up to £37.50; pop group The Wombats with tickets at £16 and comedian Ed Byrne whose tickets cost £20. The Van Morrison tickets are pricey even compared to the best tickets at recent stadium tours – for example the most expensive tickets at Take That’s Progress Tour which came to Cardiff in June were £85.
Van Morrison plays the Colston Hall on Thursday, September 22. Click here if you have deep pockets.