I find it quite unprofessional how little information we get along with the tour dates. Tickets on sale this Wednesday? We have no clue how much they cost, what the VIP package entails, at what time the tickets go up for sale, if you can pay with PayPal or not... Things were arranged much more clearly the last time round.
Was the End arranging the previous tour too? I assume they have less experience and resources in arranging things over here.
Anyway, seeing that tickets aren't on sale at the Asylum yet I see these dates as a kind preview/heads up warning. It gives everyone a fair chance to be ready to buy the tickets when they go on sale a week after this notice. If the sale would have started immediately people would have complained that only people following the Asylum/Twitter/Facebook 24/7 would have had a chance to buy VIP tickets.
As for the Utrecht gig: the same day the announcement was made Tivoli had the gig listed on its site as well: Tivoli agenda
. The price for a regular ticket is 25 Euros.
As for VIP tickets: If I remember correctly the first time around the VIP's got the Asylum book, a poster, a meet and greet and early entrance into the venue. Because the Asylom book was delayed at the printers the North American muffins couldn't get the book at the gig itself so it was sent to them at a later date. After that it took quite some effort from fLee and miss Autumn to get all the VIP's a signature for the book (in the form of a special bookplate). We Europeans were lucky enough to be able to get the book at the gig and get it signed there.
This year the American VIP's got treated with miss Autumn playing a private baroque concert. I can't remember if they got extra things, I assume a signed poster but I'm not sure about that. If you're really curious I'm sure there's info about it somewhere on the forum. I hope the setup for Europe will be similar, too. I would love to attend it.
I'm a bit surprised with the popularity of the VIP packages. The tour before that there were private bookreadings which, at least in Amsterdam, didn't get much attendance, even though they were much cheaper than the VIP tickets. There were two reading sessions with 90 seats each but each session only got about 20 attendants, then. The sessions weren't on the same day as the gig, though but a day later, on Saturday in the early afternoon.