Luke Bryan vs. Keith Urban: Country Stars Both Announce Tours in 2016; Tickets on Sale
When it comes to big names in the country music industry, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are consistently at the forefront of discussion, as both artists have collected countless hit songs, sold out performances and numerous awards and accolades. With both artists hitting the road in 2016, how do their tour ticket prices compare?
Although Bryan and Urban launched their careers seven years apart--Bryan's debut album arrived in 2007, Urban's in 2000--the artists have drawn similarities in their continued demand from fans across the country. With just days between their recent tour announcements, tickets see Keith Urban and Luke Bryan are already skyrocketing on the resale market, pushing well over the $300-average mark for many dates. While Luke Bryan has snagged the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Country Charts in both 2014 and 2015, Keith Urban's upcoming new album and tour dates may push him to the top for 2016. Below is a breakdown of the upcoming tours from Keith Urban and Luke Bryan, with ticket information provided by ticket aggregator TiqIQ.
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Luke Bryan spent nearly half the of 2015 touring on his Kick the Dust Up Tour, and 2016 will be just as busy. The first leg of his Kill The Lights Tour is set to launch on February 18 and will run until May 14. The second leg will pick up on May 20 in Atlanta and run until October 29 where it closes out in Detroit. The tour will include support from Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch, as well as a promised handful of "guest performers" throughout the run. As it stands, Luke Bryan tickets are averaging $215 for all of his dates. His most expensive stop is on track to be his June 2 performance at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey where tickets are averaging $528 with a get-in of $76. His cheapest performance is scheduled for May 13 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, where resale tickets are averaging $131 with the cheapest ticket available for $53. Fans traveling from outside the city can find cheap lodging through hipmunk.com, where hotels in Wichita start for as low as $32 per night.
Keith Urban recently announced an upcoming new album as well as a tour to support it. The country singer is scheduled to release his ninth studio album, Ripcord, in early 2016, and the Ripcord World Tour marks his heaviest tour in nearly two years. The tour will kick off June 2 and run until November 19 where it will conclude at Brooklyn's Barclay Center. As it stands, tickets for Keith Urban are averaging $194 across all of his upcoming dates. The priciest performance on the calendar is his October 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where tickets average a pricey number of $502 with the cheapest ticket available for $122. Urban will play his least expensive performance on June 24 at the Constellation Brands Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, New York where tickets average $65 with the cheapest ticket available for $46.
With their average ticket prices being what they are, the margin between the two is a mere $21 (on average) but it looks like Luke Bryan tickets are the higher of the two.