Still want to book your favorite band? Here’s how much it’ll actually cost

on June 12, 2014, 4:40pm

Last month, Degy Entertainment unveiled a rather intriguing breakdown of what it actually costs to book some of your favorite bands, from Morrissey to Dave Matthews, We Are Scientists to, um, Jimmy’s Chicken Shack. As it turns out, though, their data wasn’t exactly the most up to date. As Business Insider points out, they didn’t “verify the veracity or timeliness of the list,” and thus the list wasn’t nearly as comprehensive as it could have been.

So, for a more current list of rates, Business Insider teamed with to reach out to various managers in order to find a slew of act’s latest booking fees. Before you start planning your next birthday party, however, it’s worth understanding the nuances of the booking process:

The biggest names in music, like Sting, Rihanna, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake, will always ask for over $750,000+ for a US event and even more for an international event. These acts very often turn down offers from buyers they do not know, but CTI, an experienced major name talent buyer, can help you get a name confirmed if a buyer has the budget to hire the act.

Speakers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Richard Branson have a speaking fee of over $200,000, and a private jet also needs to be provided or paid for by the client.

Here are a few quick takeaways. Coplan family, please pay extra special attention:

– You can snag legends like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith for $250,000 each. Forget a mortgage!

– It would cost you $750,000 to secure The Eagles, but only a total of $550,000 for Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Glenn Frey. Seems like a steal to me.

– Want Prince at your next pajama-themed pool party? It’ll run you a hefty $2 million. That’s enough for some 40,000 boxes of Dunkaroos.

– For the low, low price of $8 million ($1-$1.5 million each), you could throw the best music festival in history with Arcade Fire, Jay Z, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Bruno Mars.

– If you have just $750,000-$999,999, you can get book either Eminem, Sting, Neil Young, Muse, Adele, or Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

– If I had just $700,000, I could finally achieve my dream of holding a concert that’s opened by Dolly Parton and headlined by Kanye West.

– Want to serenade your babe with Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”? You only need to drum up $250,000-$350,000.

– For less than $10,000, you can land the services of Rick St. James, “professional Rod Stewart look-alike.”

Check out a few of the brackets below, and then head here for all 14 brackets.

askingprice 1mil Still want to book your favorite band? Heres how much itll actually cost

askingprice 750k Still want to book your favorite band? Heres how much itll actually cost

askingprice 500k Still want to book your favorite band? Heres how much itll actually cost

askingprice 250k Still want to book your favorite band? Heres how much itll actually cost


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June 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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June 20, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I think I see a misprint. I thought I read the name “Kevin Federline” under the $250K – $350K category. Either the writer has a sense of humor or pool cleaning services have gone way up.

June 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I don’t understand how Bob Dylan’s price is so much lower than everyone else when he’s much more talented and revered than any of those other douchebags. I can understand how Patti Smith is that price although she’s a legend too.

June 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm

On the other end of the spectrum is Aerosmith for a million bucks!? And just think of all the expense for respirators and hover-rounds.

June 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

AGAIN you guys report a completely inaccurate list of artist prices. Consequence of Sound is such a joke. Why would you even report this? I work for a music festival production company and I know exactly how much most of these bands are payed. All you’re doing is tainting the value of festivals by publishing a false lower cost of production.

Pauly D
June 13, 2014 at 12:03 am

This is such a joke. Lumineers for 250k+ is about $150k above what they would possibly command.

Luiz Felipe
June 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Wait, so Dave Grohl will charge extra for a solo gig, but you could hire the full Foo Fighters for half the price?

June 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Man I really wanted to book Tiger Woods, David Copperfield, and Michael Keaton but those band are too much money.

June 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Lumineers sure cost a lot for a band with one album.

Pytor (@ForPetersSake_)
June 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

So, we can get Pink Floyd to reunite for just a million dollars?

June 12, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Or the White Stripes for under $350k? Lets take up a collection.


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