Gig prices keep jumping year on year, no idea exactly what's causing it, could be multiple things as big companies sponsor arenas and convention centres, injecting cash and wanting more out for the investment, these kinds of events getting more popular and I'm sure it was highlighted a few years back about a tax being raised for these kinds of leisure events, or at least it was used as an excuse for the extortionate raising of gig/event prices.
Oh and while I'm at it, don't forget the lovely handling, booking and administration fees tacked on too.
I'll be going the Saturday now, got my press pass from Rezzed. Bit annoyed though that they just gave me one as I requested one for myself and my podcasting partner in crime Panza.
Perhaps if you send them a press pass request you might get an individual one too dolphino.