For a mere €500, Ir­ish fans get to ‘meet and greet’ Ken­drick La­mar

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Craig Hughes

THE most ‘hum­ble’ man in rap mu­sic has no is­sue with charg­ing fans al­most €500 to meet him at his Dublin gig next year.

US rap­per Ken­drick La­mar – who is go­ing out with his high­school sweet­heart Whit­ney Al­ford – is known for his low-key life­style and char­ity work.

De­spite his vast for­tune, he lives in a mod­est (by mil­lion­aire rap­per stan­dards) $524,000 (€450,000) house an hour’s drive out­side LA.

‘I ain’t rockin’ no more de­signer s***,’ he raps in one of his songs.

How­ever, de­spite his char­i­ta­ble promi­nence, his fans do not merit his good­will, it seems.

In­stead, they can pay €496 for the priv­i­lege of meet­ing the mod­est man when he per­forms at the 3Arena in Fe­bru­ary.

It is not un­usual for per­form­ers to of­fer ‘meet and greet VIP pack­ages’ to their shows to al­low their fans to fork out even more cash to spend a few min­utes in their es­teemed com­pany.

But how do Ken­drick La­mar’s meet-and-greet prices com­pare with other artist’s of­fer­ings?

In 2011, Brit­ney Spears had fans cough up €600 to meet her at the same venue, then the O2.

In 2013, for­mer Boy­zone star Ro­nan Keat­ing charged fans €365 to meet him at his Belfast gig.

On the lower end of the scale, for €220 you can meet and greet for­mer Westlife star, now turned solo artist, Shane Fi­lan at his Olympia gig on Oc­to­ber 19.

If that doesn’t do it for you, you can still pur­chase ‘meet and greet’ tick­ets to see 90s pop act Steps at their 3Arena show on Novem­ber 13 for €291.

Last year, ar­guably the big­gest pop star in the world, Justin Bieber, was charg­ing fans $2,000 for a meet and greet. How­ever, much to the dis­may of true Beliebers, he can­celled the meet and greets mid-tour, cit­ing men­tal health and se­cu­rity rea­sons.

‘Love u guys.. I’m go­ing to be can­celling my meet and greets. I en­joy meet­ing such in­cred­i­ble peo­ple, but I end up feel­ing so drained and un­happy. Want to make peo­ple smile and happy but not at my ex­pense,’ Bieber told his le­gion of dis­ap­pointed fans in an In­sta­gram post at the time.

How­ever, the most ex­pen­sive meet-and-greet that you are likely to find in the com­ing months comes from a dif­fer­ent type of celebrity – Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The failed US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date is charg­ing $3,000 for two front-row seats with mee­tand-greet at Hil­lary Live at the Palais des Con­grès de Mon­tréal.

The cheap­est seats in the house start at $90 (€77) as she tours to pro­mote her po­lit­i­cal mem­oir, What Hap­pened.

money man: La­mar, left, with fans and, above, with his girl­friend Whit­ney Al­ford

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