The Truth Behind Concert Sellouts

Florida-Georgia Line performs tonight at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh. I, along with many others, will not be in attendance thanks to circumstances out of our control.

The concert received attention for many other reasons back in August, including here on Reflections, selling out the almost 5,000-seat Dorton Arena in just five minutes. Many fans - including myself - logged on way before 10:00 a.m. the day tickets went on sale all to find long wait times and tickets selling out before even getting completely through the system. I've always wondered why these high demand shows sellout so quickly, especially ones that sell out in seconds rather than minutes - and trust me there have been some. Well, there may be an answer: the tickets were not available in the first place. Of course, many talk about fan clubs and presales but a story from "Today" dug even deeper, finding staggering statistics regarding concert ticket sales.

Just watch...


Now, of course, I don't know if this happened with the Florida-Georgia Line situation. No one - at least in the general public - will ever know. I get about fan club presales and what not but what gets me is how artists, tour management, venues and other entities can hold tickets from general public sale unknowing to basically everyone but themselves. I know local radio stations have dibs too. For the Florida-Georgia Line concert there have been some giveaways of tickets according to this Facebook post by the fair. Winning these ticket giveaways is virtually impossible. My hope is transparency will be established soon in this industry that's "spiraling out of control" as the "Today" story put it. That way hardworking, diehard fans will have a chance.

As for my decision about going to the fair? It's still undetermined but I may go. If I do I'm definitely not spending a lot of time - or money - there. My family's respect for the N.C. State Fair has dwindled tremendously after all this.