Do Not Ever Pay A Minor Fee At Concerts
I have to tell you that I am absolutely livid right now. The promoter(s) behind the Asking Alexandria show (also known as the FMX Spring Breakdown) took it upon themselves to take you concert goers hostage with a "minor fee". Now, I recognize the rationale for a "minor fee" at bar shows, because selling stuff at the bar is important, but when they sell you a ticket to a concert, that ticket should get you in with no additional charges.
We have made it clear that we will not promote ANY shows with minor charges and that's where the promoter(s) took advantage of this situation. Last week after noticing the promoters hadn't spent a dime to promote their own show, we told them that we were done with them. We have gone through this unprofessionalism with them time and time again and we're done with it (you may have noticed our vehicle was not there). They no doubt figured they had nothing to lose and went ahead and charged a minor fee. It's a sh!tty move, it's underhanded and it should no be allowed. I rechecked the ticket for this show and no where on it did it say "additional charges may apply". If I was a parent who was dropping a kid off at this show, I'd be hitting the roof right now.
This is just sleazy promotion and that is all it is. If they have additional costs to cover, they should build it into the ticket price, they shouldn't get a kids hopes up selling them a ticket then holding them up at the gate. This should NEVER happen at concerts. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, I understand bars wanting to charge a minor fee, but we won't work with them if they do.
I personally intend to take this problem head on and will be contacting promoters to make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen again. I'm glad that everyone at the show seemed to be having a great time, but you shouldn't have to deal with this nonsense. Lastly, if you ever see an FMX d.j. at a show where something like this crap is going on, please make us aware of it immediately and we'll do what we can to remedy the situation.