Oct 13, 2022 - Things to Do

You can cut the line at 713 Music Hall, but it'll cost $30

Photo of a lot of  people in a long line.

The ridiculously long line. Photo: Shafaq Patel/Axios

👋 Shafaq here! I went to Lil Nas X's concert earlier this week at the 713 Music Hall — my first time at the relatively new venue.

Driving the news: People waited more than 30 minutes in a line that wrapped around POST Houston and the music hall to get through a single entrance. As concertgoers waited, 713 Music Hall employees tried to convince people to buy $30 skip-the-line passes.

Why it matters: This is peak capitalism. Unlike Toyota Center and NRG Stadium, 713 has only one entrance. Instead of addressing the design flaw, they're making money off of it.

  • It's too business savvy for me to even be that mad.

💭 My thought bubble: My ticket was $50, including the service fees. I was not about to pay more than half of my ticket cost to skip a line, then wait over an hour for Lil Nas X to perform.

  • Plus: $30 is outrageous. For comparison, fast-pass tickets at Disney cost about $25 — and that's for unlimited lines.

Yes, but: Some people are not as cheap as me. I saw at least four people buy the skip-the-line pass. But more than a hundred people walked by the employees and stayed in line, accepting it's part of the concert experience.

Of note: No one asked, but the concert was amazing. Lil Nas X is a creative genius.


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