Cost of tickets puts people off GECC shows

THE cost of tickets has been cited by Gladstone residents as one reason why Gladstone Entertainment Centre has had to cancel a number of shows this month.

The Observer reported on Wednesday that the entertainment centre had scheduled four shows for June and July that later had to be cancelled because of low ticket sales.

Only 40 tickets to a Tom Burlinson show were sold, while a Neil Diamond tribute show only attracted 20 ticket sales.

Commenting on The Observer's Facebook pageKirra Ruth Joan Twiner said the cost of shows was too high.

"I saw the one for the Irish dancers, and for my four-year-old and I to see it I would be spending $130 for a night out," she said.

"Sure, my daughter would love it, but as a single mum I can't afford it."

Taren McGrath said she would love to go to a few gigs, "but at up to $70 a ticket and needing two tickets, it becomes an expensive night.

"Especially if you add a babysitter, some dinner and drinks to that price," she said.

Regular patron Wendy Westbrook said a lot of people she had spoken to complained about the price of drinks at the entertainment centre.

"They are outrageous and do not encourage patrons to fully enjoy the night by having a drink either before the show or during interval," Ms Westbrook said.

"The Harvey Road Tavern events obviously have an advantage there.

"Also, the fact that the cafe/restaurant is not open yet is a pity as lots of people like to dine out just before the show, although there are other restaurants close by that would be getting that business."

Ms Westbrook said she had been interested in the African show recently but because she couldn't buy allocated seating and "didn't want a bun fight at the door", she didn't bother buying tickets.

"I think the management of Gladstone Entertainment Centre needs to look at their drink prices and allocating seating for every show, and perhaps pricing of the shows if they want patrons to come back," she said.

"People have to watch their spending. The boys and girls getting the big money on the island are probably not going to the shows as they are stuck where their employer wants them, and the rest of us don't enjoy the big salaries."

Commenting on The Observer's website, Westgladdyrepresent said you'd have to be a rusted on fan to pay the prices asked.

"I've got Busby Marou tickets for this Saturday, and it's in the auditorium so they're obviously not expecting a huge crowd.

"Why not cut the price, pack out the standing-room space, and give Gladdy a chance to actually rock out?

"You'd make the money back in the beer sales. No drinks in the auditorium for a rock show - GECC, you are crazy!"

Other commenters suggested it was the type of shows offered that accounted for the lack of interest.

Mini said: "It's a pity the shows didn't go ahead. I highly doubt the lack of interest had anything to do with the mentioned reasons.

"Or at least they forgot to add that no-one knows who those entertainers are and want some bigger names to be booked."

Gstoneborn commented: "Maybe these gigs are getting cancelled to the simple fact that no one really wants to go and see them.

"We have a young population in town, and acts like the following just don't interest us."

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