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VIP ticket holders unhappy with distance from stage

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Concert-goers are in Myrtle Beach for the Carolina Country Music Fest, paying $200 - $1300 a pop to see big names take the stage.

Some country music fans found out they aren't getting as much bang for their buck as others.

Karen O'Reilly, from Wilmington, said she was most looking forward to the free drinks, good food and great view she gets with a VIP ticket, but when she arrived in Myrtle Beach, she said she could have gotten even closer to the stage for much less money.

"We were supposed to get our own access to the stage, and we had that yesterday when we got there and we walked away and they closed it off," O'Reilly said.

While VIP tickets get you a view near the stage, for nearly $1000 less, Main Stage VIP tickets give you access to the stage.

Tickets in the Main Stage VIP cost about $350 and are first come, first serve.

Dan Licursi said the tickets were well worth the money and he and friends took advantage of the early bird tickets, which went on sale in January.

"For us, paying a little bit of difference for getting away from the crowds and a little extra space, to us it was worth the extra money," said Licursi.

O'Reilly said she reached out to organizers on Facebook. And while organizers said there was staff miscommunication, O'Reilly said she still isn't happy she has to walk around the venue to gain access.

"We could go around and get in but that wasn't the idea," she added.

The three-day event ends Sunday with country music stars, Lady Antebellum scheduled to perform last.

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