One of the things we love about country music is that the artists like to give back. Country seems to be the genre that does most meet and greet/VIP options and most of us have got to meet some of our favourite artists that way.
As meet and greets are becoming more popular, entering lotteries via fan clubs seem to be increasingly more difficult so often VIP options where you pay for a meet and greet as well as other perks seems to be a better option.
VIP tickets vary from artist to artist – some you pay hundreds for a ten second photo and quick hello and then you’re ushered out of the door before you even realised anything that happened. Other VIP packages are really reasonable even if costly as you get so much with it.
This week, Clare Bowen embarked on her first ever headline tour in the UK and her tour includes an option for a VIP Upgrade at £75. Now some may think this is quite high and may be struggling to make a decision whether to go or not. We went to the VIP last night in Birmingham to obviously meet the gorgeous Clare Bowen but to also assess value for money. Well, the verdict is YES! Absolutely value for money and here is why;
Arrival was early, about 17.45. After waiting ten or so minutes about forty of us were escorted into the main hall (Symphony Hall – Birmingham). We all sat down around the main stage and Clare arrived on stage and sat on the edge of the stage with a microphone. The next ten or so minutes were of Clare sharing stories and answering fans questions and basically having a giggle with us all making us feel like old friends – it was very intimate and relaxing and really quite lovely. Clare was responding to fans questions with detail and answered to them directly so that she was talking to them. One girl she had a very special chat with and made her feel really important which was quite emotional.
Moments after the q&a Clare’s husband and fellow artist Brandon Robert Young joined her on stage, sat beside her as they sang two acoustic songs together. The songs they sang were special for being acoustic, up close and personal but also because both songs were not on the set list for the main show. One of the tracks sung was Brandon’s new single which features Clare titled Warmth of You. This really gave us we a rare experience up close and personal that you can’t get anywhere else.
After the acoustic performance, Clare’s manager arranged an orderly queue for photos with Clare and in this case was particularly special as we had the stunning Symphony Hall theatre as a background. Clare spoke with each fan, hugged them and spent a few moments appreciating their time and fan dedication.
There were no personal autographs in the meet and greet as this made for more people to be able to meet Clare and have a photo, however, we were all given a signed tour poster which I would have personally got signed anyway so was very satisfied.
So overall, £75 (which does not include the ticket to main show) was a very up close and personal experience that you don’t often get in Vip experiences. With the Q&A, acoustic songs, meet and greet, photo and signed item it is definitely value for money. When you think that you pay between £15-£50 just to join a fan club and enter for a chance of a meet and greet, it shows it is so much more worth doing the VIP in this instance. If you are a huge Clare Bowen fan, I think it’s worth it. Plus, Clare was super sweet and nice. It was such a special, comfortable atmosphere and everyone there was polite with no pushing.
You can still grab some VIP tickets via her website https://www.clarebowenofficial.com