The festival celebrating Prince's life is more expensive this year

Tickets for Paisley Park's 'Celebration 2018' just dropped and they ain't cheap.

If you couldn't afford to celebrate Prince's life at Paisley Park last year, 2018 probably won't be any different (unless you've inherited a small fortune).

Tickets for Celebration 2018 went on sale Wednesday, and prices have gone up from last year's already extravagant costs. A standard pass is $549.00, whereas last year general admission was $499. VIP passes went from $999 to $1,049.

That's a $50 markup from last year, plus those prices don't include the $30-45 in "service and facility" fees customers must pay per ticket.

There is a saving grace on the price increase though. All passes will also include a ticket to PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen, a special concert headlined by Prince from beyond the grave that's happening at Target Center on April 21.

"With additional content to be announced, we expect tickets to sell-out quickly, so those interested in attending Celebration 2018at Paisley Park are encouraged to buy now while supply lasts. This year's event is not to be missed!" a press release states.

Here's a rundown of what ticket-holders are in for.

What a standard pass will get you

Prince died April 21 of 2016. In honor of the Purple One, Paisley Park put on a four-day festival last year around the one-year anniversary of his death. 

The tradition will continue with Celebration 2018, which is happening between April 19-22 at the artist's iconic home and creative sanctuary in Chanhassen.

The event features "live music, rare concert screenings, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince's tremendous talent and influence."

Here's what a general admission Celebration 2018 pass will get you:

  • Five hours of event programming each day.
  • Access to exclusive concert events, panel discussions, and a guided tour of Paisley Park.
  • Ticket to Prince: Live on the Big Screen (Celebration 2018 prime seating). 

What about VIP?

VIP passes come with everything above, plus:

  • A daily meal pass.
  • On-site parking.
  • A limited edition, signed and numbered art print from Steve Parke.
  • Access to purchase exclusive VIP Celebration 2018 merchandise.
  • Exclusive autograph opportunities.

Similar to the 2017 event, Celebration 2018 will split guests into two "tracks" so not everyone is at Paisley at the same time. Find more info on the website.

We went there

Is it worth it to pony up the equivalent of some people's mortgage for this? After all, you can tour Paisley Park for much less the rest of the year.

About 2,000 people from around the world thought it was worth it last year, according to an attendance estimate from the Pioneer Press, though some who paid for VIP were disappointed with what they got for "extra."

GoMN got a chance to check it out too, and our writer found the value of the experience "largely depends upon the level of purple obsession."


Video: We tried to count all Prince's instruments on display in Paisley Park

But from the swag to the live music experience, there's no doubt it was a day to remember. Click here to read our 5 highlights from Celebration 2017.

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