Ever wondered how much it would cost to have your favorite artist playing at your own party? An anonymous source within the American booking agency Degy Entertainment has leaked a list of rates suggested by artists’ agents per show. The numbers aren’t set in stone, but you get a ballpark figure of the actual cost.
The costs range from a mere 1,000 dollars to over a staggering $1 million, depending on your artist choice. Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris and Avicii each request about $100K to $200k, while Deadmau5 will put up a live PA for $200K to $250k. Tiesto, well known for having outrageous ticket prices per gig, asks for roughly $200K to $400K (nearly half a mil!) to rock your dance floor.
Despite the leaked list, it’s never been a secret that these artists get paid a lot. And the booking fee is directly related to the overall amount of net income they are able to generate. Let’s look at one of the most impressive acts in the world: The iconic thrash/metal band Metallica. According to Billboard’s current Boxcore Report, they garnered an impressive gross profit of $24 million in one week of work, which includes their South America tour last March. Not bad, huh?
Venue: Estadio do Morumbi – Sao Paulo, BRA
Date: Mar. 22nd, 2014
Gross Sales: $5,701,630
Attendance/Capacity: 61,742/ 63,347
Ticket Prices: $257.68, $77.30
Venue: Estadio Unico Ciudad de La Plata – Buenos Aires, ARG
Date: Mar. 29th-30th, 2014
Gross Sales: $4,719,390
Attendance/Capacity: 76,407 / 79,038
Ticket Prices: $124.87, $31.22
Venue: Parque Bicentenario – Quito, ECU
Date: Mar. 18th, 2014
Gross Sales: $3,877,959
Attendance/Capacity: 32,257 / 32,257
Ticket Prices: $225, $30
Venue: Estadio Monumental – Santiago, CHL
Date: Mar. 27th, 2014
Gross Sales: $3,508,790
Attendance/Capacity: 43,296 / 43,296
Ticket Prices: $170.18, $48.37
Venue: Parque Simon Bolivar – Bogota, COL
Date: Mar. 16th, 2014
Gross Sales: $2,857,030
Attendance/Capacity: 30,974 / 34,137
Ticket Prices: $156.23, $73.23
Venue: Jockey Club – Asuncion, PAR
Date: Mar. 24th, 2014
Gross Sales: $2,256,140
Attendance/Capacity: 28,277 / 32,200
Ticket Prices: $223.81, $40.29
Venue: Estadio Nacional – Lima, PER
Date: Mar. 20th, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,925,090
Attendance/Capacity: 27,858 / 31,600
Ticket Prices: $164.23, $18.95
This $24-million gross profit is the total revenue minus all expenses with the venue, promoters, managers, and the overall production of the show. The amount Metallica is actually taking home is much less. Although they haven’t made it to the leaked list, we bet you would still need to spend over $1 million to get them to play for your own party.
If you’re short on cash, you should go for some acts that have not been in the spotlight for a long time, like 90s rap artist Coolio (he penned the classic anthem “Gangasta’s Paradise”) for $20K, kitschy boy band Hanson ($25K) , or post-grunge group Hoobastank ($20K to 30k). But we’d probably choose EDM divas Nervo ($25K to $35k) over them any time.
PS: We thought the Black Eyed Peas announced their long-overdue retirement last year? Well, you can still get them off their couches for a mere $500K.
– Carolina Galli