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VIP concert tickets offer perks at a price

What would you pay to get a photo with Dolly Parton or your favorite act from Kiss the Summer Hello? How about a private pre-concert party or exclusive band memorabilia like a guitar pick or commemorative ticket? Would you pay for a crowd-free shopping experience? Well all of this and more - can be yours - for a price.

VIP concert and event tickets are a growing trend in the entertainment industry. This week alone, area fans are able to purchase very special packages to newly announced concerts by Coldplay (Aug. 1 at First Niagara Center) and Dolly Parton (June 12 at Artpark).

Here's a look at what your money can buy you for a few area events.

Coldplay "Top 15 Party Package"

Price: $725

* Premier seating in rows 4-15 on the floor, sections 2 and 3.

* Access to private pre-show lounge with food, drinks, music.

* Exclusive VIP tour gift item.

* Official Coldpay VIP laminate.

* Numbered limited-edition Coldplay tour poster for VIPS only.

* VIP commemorative concert ticket.

* Exclusive Coldplay guitar pick set.

* Early entrance into venue.

* Crowdless tour merchandise shopping.

* VIP Concierge team on site.

Coldplay "Top 25 Tour Package"

Price: $495

* Premiere seating in rows 16-25 on floor, sections 2 and 3.

* Exclusive VIP tour gift item.

* VIP commemorative concert ticket.

* Numbered limited-edition Coldplay tour poster for VIPS only.

* VIP Concierge team on site.

* VIP commemorative concert ticket.

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Dolly Parton, The “Ultimate VIP” Package

Price: $1,800

* A personal photograph with Parton.

* One premium reserved ticket located in the first three rows.
* VIP early entry into the venue.
* Exclusive backstage museum tour of Parton's personal wardrobe, guitars and memorabilia.
* VIP pre-show reception with complimentary drinks and appetizers.
* Limited edition tour lithograph.
* Commemorative, personalized Pure & Simple tour plaque.
* Digital copy of Parton's new studio album.
* Collectible Parton set list.
* $125 voucher to the official Parton online store.
* Pure & Simple tour laminate.
* Commemorative ticket.
* On-site VIP host.
* Crowd-free merchandise shopping.

Dolly Parton, "VIP Package”

* One premium reserved ticket located in the first five rows.
* VIP early entry into the venue.
* Exclusive backstage museum tour of Dolly's personal wardrobe, guitars and memorabilia.
* VIP pre-show reception with complimentary drinks and appetizers.
* Limited edition tour lithograph.
* Commemorative, personalized Pure & Simple tour plaque.
* Digital copy of Dolly Parton's new studio album.
* Collectible Dolly Parton set list.
* $75 voucher to the official Dolly Parton online store.
* Pure & Simple tour laminate.
* Commemorative ticket.
* On-site VIP host.
* Crowd-free merchandise shopping.

As a comparison, here are VIP ticket options for two of the summer's most popular events; unfortunately both are sold out but it's a point of reference for the fall/winter versions of these same events.

Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle, July 23 at Canalside

#AltFamily VIP tickets ($150/sold out):

* Early entry to venue at 12:30 p.m.

* Exclusive VIP area with front of stage access

* Photo Meet & Greet with one act of your choice

* Kerfuffle 2016 T-Shirt

* VIP Laminate

* VIP access with food and beverage

* Crowd-free shopping at the merchandise tents.

A premium view ticket ($50; also sold out) guaranteed a spot in front and near the stage. General admission tickets are $35.

 

Kiss the Summer Hello, June 19 at Canalside

"98.5 VIP Experience" ($200/sold out)

* Early Entry to venue at 2 p.m.

* Access into exclusive VIP area with front of stage access.

* Photo meet and Greet with one act of your choice.

 * Kiss the Summer Hello 2016 T-Shirt.

* VIP Laminate.

* Pre-show VIP access with food and beverage.

* Crowd-free shopping.

A premium view ticket ($50; also sold out) guaranteed a spot in the front and near the stage. General admission tickets are $35.

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