Boo! Boo! Boo! to Horsecross.
Horsecross which runs Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre has just introduced booking fees after being booking fee free since it opened – apart from touring shows which imposed their own booking fees.
Booking fees are a rip-off tax on the arts, and Horsecross is charging 50p a ticket. So I have just bought 12 tickets in one transaction for several events which comes to around £180, and I now have to pay an extra £6 “arts tax”.
It does not cost £6 to process £180.
The lunacy is that if I buy 12 tickets for the same event the booking fee is waived on tickets 11 and 12. That’s real Alice in Wonderland logic for you, as is the waiving of the booking fee if you turn up in person and pay in cash.
If I go into a supermarket, I don’t have to pay extra for the shop to process my transaction. Horsecross should be no different. There are plenty of arts organisations that don’t charge booking fees, and Horsecross should be one of them.
Consider this post a generous dose of virtual rotten tomatoes.