Fans fume at sky-high price to meet Kylie
KYLIE Minogue will launch her upcoming fourteenth studio album Golden with a handful of intimate shows across the UK and Europe.
For any Kylie fan, it sounds like heaven - a chance to see the pop princess performing in venues that hold mere hundreds of patrons, rather than the arenas she usually packs out.
But while the venues may be small, the price tag is not.
Fans eager to attend Minogue's London concert at the exclusive Cafe De Paris have baulked at the price for a Meet & Greet ticket to the show, which includes a photo opportunity with the woman herself.
That'll set you back £965 - or just over $1700 in Aussie dollars.
Regular tickets to the show are going for £110 ($AU 194), while those who'd like early entry to the venue to get a good spot up the front will have to pay an eye-watering £265 ($AU 468) for the privilege.
As word spread that those who want a brief meeting with Ms Minogue will need to shell out close to a thousand pounds, fans took to social media to voice their anger - many tweeting Kylie directly:
Minogue's certainly not the first pop star to cash in on fans' desire to get up close and personal with their idol. Miley Cyrus charged fans $US950 for meet and greet tickets to her Bangerz tour, while Justin Bieber charged $US650 for a brief photo opportunity at his Believe tour.
Meet and greet tickets seem a less popular offering here in Australia, where upcoming tours by pop divas Shania Twain and Celine Dion both come with high-priced VIP ticket offers - without a chance to meet the singers.
$999 for a 'Signature VIP' ticket to Dion's show will give you a seat in or near the front row, as well as a gift bag, digital photo book and 'limited edition lithograph' - but no face time with Dion.
The 'Ultimate VIP' ticket to Twain's tour will give you a front-row seat, tour gift, VIP pass - but not a meeting with the country pop star herself. Oh, and it'll cost you $1,249.
For those with the cash to splash, here's what a 965-pound ticket to Kylie's London show will get you, according to the UK Ticketmaster website:
-One seated ticket on the balcony to see Kylie live (ticket face value £100)
-Pre-show Meet & Greet with Kylie
-Individual photo opportunity with Kylie
-Red carpet entrance into the venue
-Bowl food and canapés served pre -show
-Complimentary drinks pre-show (beers, selected spirits and soft drinks)
-Merchandise item designed exclusively for package purchasers
-Souvenir Kylie tour laminate + lanyard
-Designated check-in with our on-site concert host
... Better make the most of your bowl food and selected spirits.