British pop star Robbie Williams is set to play his first ever gig in Turkiye this week, but the cost of a ticket is beyond the affordability of most of his Turkish fans.
Williams, 49, will be performing at the Lujo Hotel Bodrum overlooking Güvercinlik Bay on the Aegean, on Thursday, 17 August. The concert is free for guests at the five star resort, but for everyone else the admission is an eye-watering 17,600 TL – equivalent to £507.
The entrance ticket costs 1.5 times more than Turkiye’s net monthly minimum wage of 11,402 TL, which is what a third of the country’s 31-million labour force receives. It’s also beyond the means of an average Turkish family of four, who get by on a monthly salary of around 35,000 TL.
Those lucky enough to see the pop icon live at this exclusive concert can expect to be treated to a host of William’s hit songs such as Angels, Rock DJ and Feel.
The singer-songwriter, who hit fame with boy band Take That when he was just 16 years old, has enjoyed a stellar music career. A solo artist since 1997, Williams has released 12 studio albums, scored 14 number one hits in the UK, and sold over 75 million albums worldwide.
He will be joined in Bodrum by his half-Turkish wife Ayda Field and their four children. Field is Turkish through her late father, Haldun Evecan who she barely knew growing up. Evecan met and married Field’s mum Gwen in the US in 1978, but they divorced four years later. He returned to his native Turkiye when Field was just three. Field reconciled with her father before his death from a heart attack in 2014.
Main image, top, of British singer Robbie Williams during a performance on the first day of the Mad Cool 2023 festival, Villaverde Alto, on July 6, 2023, Madrid, Spain. Photo © Zed Jameson/SIPA/Shutterstock (14000941bl)