Concert Travel Distance

Michele has been in radio for over 20 years, and is an avid music fan.

I’m lucky. I grew up on the Jersey Shore. Just a short ride from New York City and an even shorter ride to East Coast music Mecca, Asbury Park. In a sense, I am spoiled. I could easily get to any show I wanted to see without issue. A fifteen minute drive could get me to a handful of shows in AP. I’m talking about amazing home-grown, local talent and internationally-known, legendary acts. Without a second thought, I could hop in the car and hit places like The Wonder Bar, The Saint, or the legendary Stone Pony. The great thing is that I could just as easily hop a train and in about an hour or less, pull right into Penn Station, located beneath Madison Square Garden. Like I said…spoiled.

But this isn’t the case for everyone. According to a study by Ticketmaster, the average fan travels 43 miles to see a show. About 10% of those asked said they traveled more than 100 miles for a concert. Sometimes, a concert road trip can be a great way to enhance the experience.

Live Nation did a similar study and found that the average concert attendee spent about an hour and a half on the road, while the typical fan headed to a festival traveled an average of just over three hours for an experience.

Think about the most you’ve traveled, was it worth it?