Want to book your favorite band? Here’s how much it’ll cost

on May 20, 2014, 3:00pm

“I wonder how much it’d cost to book ____ for my birthday/wedding/Super Bowl party/music festival/funeral?” It’s a question that’s surely floated in the mind of anyone who reads this site. Well, for those of you actually serious about shelling out a few Gs on your favorite band, Degy Entertainment (via priceonomics) has put together a helpful little guide on who costs what.

It’s worth noting that the data culled on these charts are asking prices from a third-party booking agency, so the prices are likely much different than, say, what a Coachella or Lollapalooza might pay. Some seem a little high (Goo Goo Dolls and Gypsy Kings will evidently cost you six digits!), while others are outrageously low (Kanye West is three or four times the $400-600k range currently listed… believe me, I’ve looked into it).

All that being said, here are a few quick takeaways:

– Want to invite Morrissey over for Italian? It’ll only cost you $100k. What’s more, you can have We Are Scientists open for $7-10k.

– Jimmy Chicken’s Shack would cost me MINIMUM three months rent.

– Dave Matthews’ $1 million asking price a little out of your budget? Why not book the Dave Matthews Tribute Band for the low, low cost of $5-10k.

– Want The Fratellis to play “Chelsea Dagger” at your bar for three hours straight? That’ll be $15,000.

– JET are still asking for $25-35k, lol.

– I wanna meet the guy who has $75,000 to book Gym Class Heroes.

– Lana Del Rey is totally ripping off Kanye.

– Daft Punk are not for sale.

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May 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm

1-$10,000 who are you?!

May 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

There are actually a few pretty decent bands in there that I have been listening to for years. Big D and the Kids Table is definitely one of my favorite bands. They aren’t mainstream so don’t get the hype that they deserve. Living in poverty and still making music together and touring across the country to their small but loyal following. Open your mind and investigate artists in your preferred genre.

May 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

I find very significant that extremely good musicians like BB King, Norah Jones and Eryka Badu ask waaaay less than most of the crap that appears in the first (+100k) list

May 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Dear tick?

May 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Jimmie’s Chicken Shack might give you a discount for spelling their name right so you can get it down to a single month’s rent.

May 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm

when was this list made? because Every Avenue are long gone, they broke up

May 21, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Sigur Ros?

May 22, 2014 at 3:52 am

Wait, was Sigur Ros on there?! My life would be complete. Radiohead and Sigur Ros and I could die happy.

May 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

How much for Sufjan Stevens? My birthday is coming up.

May 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

Cupids Inspiration starting price £1000.00.

May 21, 2014 at 3:17 am

Anyone have a couple meal & drink tickets? Yeah? Sweet. You just booked Novosti.

May 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

I don’t have drink tickets, but I have a shit ton of Cap’n Morgan. Also, steak.

May 21, 2014 at 2:15 am

What about Foals??

Melissa Crump
May 21, 2014 at 1:46 am

Man that really sucks on how much it would cost to have your favorite band play. I would for sure want Imagine Dragons, Hunter Hayes, One Republic, and Luke Bryan. Lol I will never have that much money. Too bad!!!!! =(

May 21, 2014 at 1:11 am

Tame Impala’s only $10k+ ??? Wow I really thought they’d be more, considering their music’s so good and they’ve gotten more popular lately. I’m not sure these numbers are completely accurate, but it’s nice to dream if I had an extra ten grand to spare….

May 21, 2014 at 12:40 am


May 21, 2014 at 12:31 am

Dang, A lot of the artists I like are pretty cheap. I should book Wavves.

May 20, 2014 at 11:45 pm

It’s Deer Tick not Dear Tick. Jesus.

May 20, 2014 at 11:23 pm

“Prices are estimates and are to be used for College/Military/PAC/Corporate booking clients of Degy only” – this is Degy’s 2014 price list for all the people who are butt-hurt about “these prices aren’t accurate” (source:… of course, after finding the list for myself, I feel kind of cheated that two other people have put their name to this under the guise of journalism when it’s mostly just some quick copy-pasting…

May 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Bag Raiders Rules! Amazing band and low cost.

May 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Desario: $0-$50

JLB (@JanetB722)
May 20, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Uh…Macklemore is more than 1D?? No way.

May 20, 2014 at 10:13 pm

No Radiohead????
I need to know approximately how much they cost so I can book them once I’m a millionaire.
Please let me know

May 20, 2014 at 11:25 pm

If you have to ask, they cost too much… I heard they were around $800k in 2008, but that’s hearsay.

May 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

If you do get them, I’m coming to your house…

May 22, 2014 at 3:54 am

Yep, same here.

November 9, 2014 at 7:56 am

$150 – 250k cont.

May 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm

lol @ this list

May 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Of course yall know the price to try to book Kanye.

May 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Who cares.

Mick Staines
May 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm

‘8 Waved Sun’ are a bargain at 300…

May 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Jet broke up in 2012

william nelson
May 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm

my favorite band isn’t listed here cannibal corpse

May 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

So $125-175k to book Pharrell, but $50-75k to book NERD… hmm….

May 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

What a shitty article to post…

May 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm

This is not accurate at all. Almost all of these numbers are extremely outdated. I work for a music festival and have seen booking agreements for a lot of these artists, and this list is not even close on most numbers. I know that COS did not produce this list, but I think it is really pathetic journalism to even post something this false.

Chris Harvey
May 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm

They did say festivals would be a bit different.

Lars Tramp
May 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Goo Goo Golls? Kanye costing $400-600 (as in hundred)? Edit your f*cking content before you post, Alex Young. Are you a high school intern or something? So unprofessional.

Rick K
May 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Dude… it says ‘K’ right next to that figure, as in $400,000 – $600,000, and the header even says “$100,000+,” how about you read before you post?

Lars Tramp
May 22, 2014 at 10:52 am

It’s obviously been edited since I posted this comment. Notice that I was the first commenter, so I read an early version of this article.

May 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Idiot. read before you post dumb shit.

Lars Tramp
May 23, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Again, the article is only correct b/c I pointed out it had errors in the first place. You guys are too dumb to realize this is what I’ve been saying all along.

May 21, 2014 at 5:36 am

You’re an idiot

May 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

He’s an idiot cuz you can’t read?? Lmao…. Moron logic..

May 21, 2014 at 10:43 am

Says he who didn’t read the name of the poster…


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