2012 New York City Concerts

The most expensive concerts in New York City so far this year hail from a wide range of genres and audiences – from rock to rap to jam bands and boy bands – but one thing they have in common is that their tickets all cost over $200 on secondary markets. Howlin’ for Hubert, a concert featuring Eric Clapton and Keith Richards among others to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America, has been the most expensive concert so far this year in New York City. Tickets for that show on February 24th at the Apollo Theater averaged $543 on secondary markets.

Tickets to the second-most expensive show, Jay-Z‘s first-ever appearance at Carnegie Hall on February 6th, went for almost 25% less than Howlin’ for Hubert at an average price of $419.

Big ticket draws–both classic in Bruce Springsteen and emergent in One Direction–finished in the Top 5 of the rankings with average prices in the high $300 range. In fifth place so far this year is the Secret Policeman’s Ball, an event that came over from the UK for the first time to benefit the Human Rights organization Amnesty International. Tickets to that event sold for $348 on average on secondary markets. Tickets for concerts at Beacon Theater featuring 70s-era jam/rock bands Furthur ($254 on April 18 and $244 on April 14) and The Allman Brothers on March 16 ($251) round out the bottom 3 of the top 10 most expensive shows since January 1.

New York City Summer Concerts 2012

One of the great things about being in New York City is that sooner or later, every performing artist eventually is going to make their way to town. The Big Apple is unavoidable as a touring destination and hosts some of the world’s most renowned concert venues. Whether it be the Bowery Ballroom in the Lower East Side or Midtown’s Madison Square Garden, you’re never far from a great place to catch a show in NYC.

This year is no exception with top acts like One Direction, Beyonce, Aerosmith and Coldplay all booked to perform in NYC this summer.

Looking toward the summer, there is one event that stands out well ahead of the rest in terms of ticket prices: One Direction at Beacon Theater on May 26. Both showtimes – 3PM and 8PM – are going for over $300 more than the next-most expensive show right now this summer. The show at 3PM is selling tickets at an average of $578 on secondary markets while the show at 8PM is going for about $10 less at $568. That’s more than double the current average price of a ticket to the third most-expensive show of the summer on secondary markets which is Stevie Nicks at $244.

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Upcoming Top NYC Summer Concerts 2012

Date
Event
Saturday 3:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $260
Saturday 8:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $307
Monday 7:30 PM Camden, NJ tickets from $85
Saturday 9:00 PM Atlantic City, NJ tickets from $370
Sunday 9:00 PM Atlantic City, NJ tickets from $335
Friday 9:00 PM Atlantic City, NJ tickets from $330
Wednesday 8:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $92
Thursday 8:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $139
Sunday 7:30 PM Uniondale, NY tickets from $90
Tuesday 7:30 PM East Rutherford, NJ tickets from $71
Friday 7:00 PM East Rutherford, NJ tickets from $83
Saturday 7:00 PM East Rutherford, NJ tickets from $69
Saturday 4:30 PM East Rutherford, NJ tickets from $60
Thursday 8:00 PM Wantagh, NY tickets from $89

New York City Summer Music Festivals 2012

In addition to being a haven for some of the top concert venues, New York is also home to some of the top summer music festivals in the country.

Labor day’s Electric Zoo Festival is an annual electronic music festival held in Randall’s Island Park. This year’s three-day event event boasts headliners including David Guetta, Moby, Skrillex, and Tiesto.

Electric Zoo Tickets 2012

Date
Event
Friday 1:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $480

The Bamboozle Festival is an annual event that has found a home in The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, where it originally began. The festival was born out of the surf and skate scene in 2003 but has become more of a mainstream attraction as with its rise in popularity. This year’s headliners include Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Skrillex, Mac Miller and Incubus.

Bamboozle Tickets 2012

The Bamboozle Festival Tickets

Date
Event
Friday 12:00 PM Asbury Park, NJ tickets from $353
Friday 5:30 PM Asbury Park, NJ tickets from $279
Saturday 12:00 PM Asbury Park, NJ tickets from $242
Sunday 12:00 PM Asbury Park, NJ tickets from $219

New York City Summer Concerts 2012

Performer Date Venue City State Ave. Price
One Direction 5/26/2012 Beacon Theatre New York NY $578
One Direction 5/26/2012 Beacon Theatre New York NY $559
Beyonce 5/26/2012 Revel Ovation Hall Atlantic City NJ $442
Beyonce 5/27/2012 Revel Ovation Hall Atlantic City NJ $375
Beyonce 5/25/2012 Revel Ovation Hall Atlantic City NJ $362
One Direction 5/25/2012 Izod Center East Rutherford NJ $287
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 5/2/2012 Prudential Center Newark NJ $268
Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker and Thompson Square 5/4/2012 Radio City Music Hall New York NY $218
Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker and Thompson Square 5/3/2012 Radio City Music Hall New York NY $217
One Direction 5/28/2012 The Susquehanna Bank Center Camden NJ $202
Barry Manilow 5/1/2012 Radio City Music Hall New York NY $200
Florence and the Machine 5/8/2012 Radio City Music Hall New York NY $195
Bonnie Raitt 6/20/2012 Beacon Theatre New York NY $190
Bonnie Raitt 6/21/2012 Beacon Theatre New York NY $182
Aerosmith and Cheap Trick 7/1/2012 Nassau Coliseum Uniondale NY $197
Aerosmith and Cheap Trick 7/24/2012 Izod Center East Rutherford NJ $180
Coldplay 8/3/2012 Izod Center East Rutherford NJ $199
Coldplay 8/4/2012 Izod Center East Rutherford NJ $199
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw 8/11/2012 Metlife Stadium East Rutherford NJ $147
Jimmy Buffett 8/30/2012 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh NY $143

Check out the top concerts in Chicago this summer right here.
And the top concerts in Boston in this post.

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