The cost of front-row tickets heavily depend on the venue, performer, tour and many other elements. A popular band in a large venue that is expected to sell-out will have front-row seat ticket prices exponentially higher than a band at a smaller stadium. Although the tickets are priced higher, the funds from the sales are used to cover the actual costs of the concert.
There are several factors that come together to affect the cost of a front-row ticket. The first revolves around the popularity of a band. A musician that is unknown and has a smaller following in some cases will spend money just to have an audience. However, more popular artists will have a larger following and demand, which will also increase the value of a ticket.
Another factor that plays a role in ticket price is the size of the venue. Most bands and musicians do not make their income based off of the concerts they play; instead, the funds go to what it costs to play in a large venue. This can be for hotel stays, food, a light show, advertisement and more.
The type of tour can also make an impact. For example, Michael Jackson's This Is It tour sold-out its tickets in under an hour. Prices ranged from $85 - $125.