Men charged 150% more for Calvin Harris show
It’s expensive being a male Calvin Harris fan.
Men who want to go and see Harris at the 4,400-capacity Omnia nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where the Briton is currently the DJ-in-residence, on 13 May can expect to pay 150% more than female fans, with a general admission presale ticket for women costing just US$40, compared to $100 for men.
Similarly, while a VIP package for the show will set back women $115, men pay $175 (52.17% more) for the same ticket through official agent Ticket Driver:
An explanation on the Omnia/Ticket Drive site says that “to benefit from our flexible check-in and transfer policy, male and female tickets have to be purchased separately for the same per ticket service fee”, but gives no reason for the massive disparity in price.
Such gender-based price discrimination is illegal in a number of US states, including California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, but no laws exist in Nevada.
Harris’s partner, Taylor Swift, is a noted feminist who has long campaigned for gender equality in the music industry. (However, statements like “feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality” don’t exactly fit with different gig prices for men and women.)
Martin Daubney, the ex-editor of lads’ mag Loaded, tells The Telegraph the event is trying the “same tawdry tactic” as many less prestigious nightclubs, which routinely charge women less for entry than men: “charge girls less, then rip off the men who live the forlorn dream they will go to a club full of lithe females.”
He adds: “It takes the [piss] out of everybody: the men for ripping them off and the women for treating them as cheap offerings on a meat rack.”
IQ has contacted the Omnia, Ticket Driver and a representative for Harris for comment.
‘Largest-ever light show’ for Calvin Harris at Coachella
The headline performance by Calvin Harris that closed the first weekend of Coachella on Sunday might have been coolly received by critics – “Scottish ‘DJ’ Calvin Harris ended the three-day festival by pressing play on some pretty choice tunes by other, more worthy closing-night headliners,” wrote a particularly bitchy David Sikorski for The Daily Beast – but from a production point of view it was a roaring success, with a bespoke technical set-up featuring the largest concentration of light ever used in any live show.
To create the light show Harris’s production team deployed every Solaris Flare lighting fixture available in the United States.
Harris also made use of custom software which allowed him to play back any track from his repertoire accompanied by programmed lights, lasers and video (on a huge videowall).
He was joined onstage by Rihanna, Big Sean and John Newman.
Harris, one of the first DJs to headline a festival of Coachella’s scale, is currently playing a residency at the OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which he recently extended throughout 2016. He last played Coachella in 2014.