We’ve all been in the situation where we’re looking to buy concert tickets and for whatever reason, you’ve missed out and you’re left with no ticket. In this guide, we’re going to look at how to best prepare to buy tickets online, and what to do if you don’t get them.
If you are serious about getting tickets you have to put in a little groundwork to give you the best chance. You can prepare for tickets being released by connecting with an artist on social media. There is a good chance they’ll update fans via this channel first. Another way of finding out when an artist is touring is to register with ticket outlets. Ticketmaster, SeeTickets and Amazon tickets will all inform you what tickets will be going on sale and the date and time they will be. The Bandsintown app is also good for letting you know when concerts are announced. You might also be advised to join your favourite artists’ fan club or services like O2 priority or even credit cards, where you’ll get a chance to buy tickets in a pre-sale before general sale.
Buying your tickets
When you’ve found out when your tickets are on sale prepare for being ready. There are usually two main types of outlet for tickets:
- Online retailers – these can be suppliers like Ticketmaster or the venue’s own online ticket selling service
- Venue Box Office – This involved physically going to the venue’s box office when tickets are released. This is usually not possible for most people who will have other commitments.
If you are buying online here are a few tips:
- Make sure you have an account with the retailer. Do this before the tickets go on sale, you don’t want to be wasting precious time filling in your address and card details
- Log into the website and be ready 15 minutes before they go on sale. This will give you the best chance of securing seats when they go on sale
- Try multiple devices. You could try using your computer and mobile phone (though make sure they aren’t sharing a network as this will show up as multiple devices on one IP address which could result in both being blocked. This also applies to using two different web browsers on one machine)
Buying from the Box Office
If you don’t want to buy online and can make it to the box office, then I’d advise turning up in advance of tickets going on sale. There will be super fans who camp out overnight in sleeping bags. I wouldn’t perhaps advise such extreme measures. Make sure you turn up on time and have the time to stand in a queue. Depending on the concert, it might take a while.
What do I do If I miss out on tickets?
If you miss out on tickets it might feel like the end of the world, but in reality, you have several options at this time. Tickets regularly are held back and released closer to the date of the show. You might pick some up on the second release. If the concert is sold out there is the chance that people will have spares too. These can appear on auction sites like eBay (I’ve managed to pick up tickets this way) or on official ticket reselling sites. These sites like GetMeIn, StubHub, Viagogo and Seatwave all offer a platform to sell tickets on for people who can’t make it or have too many tickets. If you want to go down this road then I have found some money off coupons at Groupon for concert tickets that might be right for you.