We have all been there, the tour date is announced, the ticket line is saved in your phone and the website is ready for you to use and after hours of refreshing the page or hitting redial you get the bad news, it is SOLD OUT! Heartbreak and disappointment ensue and then you start trying to find the tickets on a resale site where they are usually HUGELY overpriced. There is no guarantee they are even genuine. So just how can you bag those elusive tickets for less?
Beat the clock!
The EASIEST way to guarantee tickets for concerts is to be the first person to hear about them! Sign up for email alerts from agencies like ticketmaster, seetickets and ticketline and you’ll find out who is touring and when and how to book tickets. Joining a fan club also gives you access to tour dates and sometimes priority booking. We also like the site beatthetouts.com which lists all upcoming concerts and which ticket agency will be selling tickets. If you are a customer of o2 or Barclaycard then you can also apply for tickets earlier than the general public for some sponsored events.
Last minute bargains
If you can hold your nerve then trying to get hold of a ticket last minute can be the CHEAPEST way. If you want to see a West End show then visiting the TKTS booth in Leicester Square on the day of the show can knock up to HALF off the face value price. Loads of venues will also sell off their empty seats or any returned tickets so it can be worth queuing up in the morning. Over 60s, students and the unemployed can sometimes get discounts of up to 70% too so ALWAYS ask what deal they could do for you. If you’re an adventurous theatre goer try site myboxoffice.biz which releases spare tickets to shows for free. These are generally off-West End and often in local theatres and some do charge a small (around £4) booking fee.
Cut booking fees
One of the big hidden costs is the dreaded booking fee. Some ticket agencies or venues can add well over 10% to the ticket price through booking fees or admin charges. However, if you live near a venue and can pop in and buy your tickets then you can usually avoid any additional costs. Likewise, using a debit card will keep the fees lower too as credit card companies can charge about £2.50 if you use their card for the purchase. If you are using one of the big agencies then compare their charges as well as the ticket prices to make sure you are getting the best deal.
Sold out gigs
If you are desperate to go to a gig but you missed out on tickets, do not despair! Your first port of call should be the venue to see if they have had any returns. If not, then gumtree and eBay usually have lots of tickets listed but beware of fakes and use common sense – never arrange to meet someone to exchange cash on your own. There are also some good fan-to-fan sites like Stubhub.co.uk where people can list their tickets. They say that more than a third of tickets listed are offered at face value or LOWER the day before the event. An excellent way to see sold out music for FREE is to volunteer at the event.
Last updated: Wednesday, 18 September 2013
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