May 30, 2024 - Music

Morgan Wallen leads Charlotte's cheap summer for concerts

Morgan Wallen performing.

Morgan Wallen performing. Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images

Concert prices are down this summer compared to last year, according to new data from SeatGeek.

Why it matters: Experts say last year's high ticket prices were likely due to historic demand to see Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, only one of whom performed in Charlotte last year.

By the numbers: SeatGeek reports that the average resale ticket price to attend a summer concert is $224, down from $269 around this time last year.

  • That comes alongside an 11% increase in the number of U.S. concerts this summer when compared to last year.
  • The highest average resale prices are for Olivia Rodrigo's tour at $571, and the next-highest is $409 to see Morgan Wallen.

Zoom in: Wallen, the controversial country artist, will be Charlotte's biggest draw this summer, per the data, which ranks artists based on overall sales on the ticket vendor's platform.

  • The artist is a streaming giant with a No.1 hit song with Post Malone that broke records.
  • Wallen's rise to fame has been shrouded in controversy, however. He made headlines for a recent arrest on felony reckless endangerment charges in Nashville.

Go deeper: Eric Church and Morgan Wallen launch Field & Stream Music Fest in South Carolina in October

Zoom out: Spectrum Center is currently closed for major renovations, meaning artists are either performing at other venues in Charlotte or will perform later this fall.

  • The arena, which is home to the Charlotte Hornets, reopens on Oct. 2 with an Aerosmith concert. Six concerts are currently scheduled for October, including Usher, along with an event headlined by Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
  • Spectrum Center will also close next summer to complete renovations.

The top 10 artists performing this summer, according to SeatGeek:

  1. Olivia Rodrigo, who performed at Spectrum Center in March.
  2. Morgan Wallen will perform July 18-19 at Bank of America Stadium at 6pm.
  3. Zach Bryan will perform Aug. 3-4 at Greensboro Coliseum at 7pm, but the artist isn't scheduled to perform in Charlotte.
  4. Rolling Stones aren't scheduled to perform in Charlotte, but any mention of the band reminds Charlotteans about that time when "Mick F—ing Jagger was at the Thirsty F—ing Beaver and nobody noticed."
  5. Noah Kahan co-headlined Charlotte's inaugural Lovin' Life Music Festival in early May.
  6. George Strait will perform at Bank of America Stadium on June 1 at 5:45pm with Chris Stapleton.
  7. Luke Combs performed in Charlotte last summer.
  8. Hozier performed at PNC Music Pavilion in April.
  9. Chris Stapleton will perform at Bank of America Stadium on June 1 at 5:45pm with George Strait.
  10. Justin Timberlake will perform at Spectrum Center on Nov. 14 at 7:30pm.
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