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A Perth mother was told her 10-week-old son would need a $100 ticket to enter a Paul Kelly concert in Kings Park on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old said she was shocked as most venues had no issue with breastfeeding mothers bringing babies.

The woman was also told there would be strictly no pass outs at the event and she would not be allowed back in if she left to feed her son, reports ABC news.

“I was pretty shocked, it’s not as if he can listen or watch the concert,” she said.

“We’re not taking up a reserved seat or anything, we’re sitting on the grass on a picnic rug at Kings Park”.

She said she would understand if it was a busier concert but the event was advertised as a sit-down show with patrons encouraged to bring picnic rugs and low-deck chairs.

“Kids over one and older, fair enough, I totally understand that,” she said.

The company’s policy states that the number of people attending, the lack of light, loud music and light effects as potential concerns for infants attending events.

They also cite the potential for crying babies to disturb other patrons.

“The promoters do not consider this event suitable for children under the age of two years. A children’s priced ticket will be available if the promoter considers the event family orientated/friendly,” it read.

“As the safety of children, parents and all patrons is of paramount importance to us, these concerns are brought to your attention for your consideration, so that you, your family and all other patrons can enjoy the show in a safe and comfortable environment.”

Do you think this is fair? Should infants be charged full price to attend a concert?

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  • Personally I wouldn’t take a young child unless I could get high density ear muffs to fit over my child’s ears. It would be a miracle if a baby wasn’t deaf after being subjected to such a loud noise. You can often hear outdoor concerts from a reasonable distance away….but you can’t see what’s actually happening. Sometimes compromises have to be made for the benefit of everybody.

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  • I don’t agree with full price tickets for infants but, then again, I don’t agree with children that young going to such events anyway – everyone will have their own opinion I guess, but I wouldn’t take a child under 5 to a concert ….

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  • Charging full price for a baby for things like this is too much in my opinion. But to be honest, I wouldn’t think about going to a concert or the movies or events alike, where I had the chance to disturb others with the cries or behavior of my babies or young children.


    • If the child starts crying, it could bother a lot of people indeed. :-(

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  • I don’t think they should be charged full price but at least half price for since everyone around them may be affected by the baby.

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  • If the infant didn’t have a seat it seem’s unfair.

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  • I think the no passouts is a bit unfair, but no issues at all with them discouraging babies that small. Its not fair for whoever gets stuck next to them and gets to listen to a screaming baby. Its not fair for the poor kid either. Sometimes being a parent means you just miss out on stuff you want to do. Suck it up buttercup. Put your kid first.

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  • I hadn’t heard this one yet. 100 dollars for an infant seems really exaggerated to me. And even worse that she can’t go back in if she leaves to breastfeed!!

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  • Maybe the Mum bought her ticket before she knew she was pregnant and decided to go anyway but her babysitter fell through at the last minute. Who knows when she would be able to go to their concert again.
    I admit, I would’ve just missed out and hoped for the best next time. Those poor babies ears.
    Given the was an event where seating wasn’t provided, it was just bring your own blanket or chair to sit, there shouldn’t have been a charge for the baby. But I do understand the event holders actively discouraging people with babies and toddlers to attend.

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