Hip-hop will be alive and well this summer, as many top artists and superstar rappers will be touring across many cities in North America. Concertgoers will get the most bang for their buck in these shows as most of them are collaborations by two major artists. Four of the top five tours of the summer currently have a secondary market average price above $200.
Despite the high average price across a lot of shows, only one of the shows is actually in the top 10 most expensive tours of the summer, which is the much-discussed Jay Z and Beyonce On The Run Tour. Justin Timberlake tickets currently rule the summer with an average price of $291.71. Katy Perry’s tour tops all other female pop artists with an average price of $250.61 and even Bruno Mars tickets, more than a year into his Moonshine Jungle Tour, have a higher average price than On The Run at $229.30. The one big difference is that On the Run is playing in 50,000-person audiences at venues like Metlife Stadium while Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are playing to smaller arena crowds at venues like TD Garden. Eminem and Rihanna are also playing larger venues, like Comerica Park. The only non-hip-hop tour playing large venues is One Direction.
Below are the five most expensive summer tours on the secondary market, by average price, according to TiqIQ.
Jay Z and Beyonce – On The Run Tour | Tour Avg: $224.51
Jay -Z and Beyonce have proved to be the ultimate concert duo during their On the Run Tour, even amid the rumors of a troubled relationship. They stop next at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., for back-to-back dates this weekend, followed by a show at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta July 15. Currently, On The Run Tour MetLife Stadium tickets are averaging $276, while prices in Atlanta are averaging $317. Jay Z and Beyonce tickets for the entire On the Run Tour have a current tour average of $224.51.
Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias – Enrique Pitbull Tour | Tour Avg: $216.89
Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias last toured together in 2011, when their Euphoria Tour grossed over $30 million. The two Latin stars’ second joint tour kicks off at the end of the summer on Sept. 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias tickets have a current tour average of $216.89 in the secondary market.
Eminem and Rihanna – The Monster Tour | Tour Avg: $208
Eminem and Rihanna joined forces this summer for a six date series of co-headlining concerts kicking off on Aug. 7 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. Performances are lined up at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Aug. 16 and 17. Rihanna and Eminem tickets for the Monster Tour have a current tour average of $208.
Drake and Lil Wayne – Drake Vs Lil Wayne | Tour Avg: $205.07
Two of hip-hop’s biggest stars will co-headline a joint tour beginning Aug. 8 in Buffalo, N.Y., at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. The two Grammy-winning artists have recently upped the ante in confirming a showdown in what will be one of the most anticipated rap battles in recent rap history. Drake Vs Lil Wayne tickets have a current tour average price of $205.07.
Wiz Khalifa – Under The Influence Tour | Tour Avg: $129.77
Wiz Khalifa has recruited a new cast of talented rappers for his upcoming Under The Influence Tour. Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign and DJ Drama among others will ride along. Wiz Khalifa tickets have a current tour average price of $129.77 in the secondary market, a significant drop off from Drake Vs Lil Wayne but still the fifth most expensive tour.