Trying to get concert tickets is super stressful, we know all too well. There’s always the chance that you’ll end up without any because of how quick they sell out and how many people are trying their best to get some. But, we’ve rounded up all of our best tips to share with you to try and give you that little extra helping hand in getting tickets to your next concert.
1. Sign up to every single presale
You need to do this. It doubles your chances of getting tickets, people! Whether it’s with a fan club, an e-newsletter, or a specific ticket retailer, you need to sign up to increase your chances.
For shows in O2 venues, if you are with O2 (for your phone, internet, etc.) you will have access to O2 Priority. Download the app or go to the website to find out how you can access the exclusive presale.
Nine times out of 10, the artist has a website or fansite where you can sign up for presales. Ticketmaster in the U.S. also has the Verified Fan presale, which is worth checking out. There are a select amount of artists who have a profile on the app BKSTG, and occasionally they’ll do pre-sale on there, like Justin Bieber did.
You should sign up for every presale ASAP, because they tend to give a specific time and date for you to receive the presale links and passwords. Signing up too late means you will miss out.
2. Fill your details in with the retailer in advance
Some retailers allow you to sign up for an account and add your payment details in advance, which saves you a lot of time as you only get small period to enter your card details when you manage to get tickets. To make everything as smooth as possible, pick your retailer and sign up to it. In fact, it would be best to sign up to as many who will sell the tickets as possible.
3. Use more than one retailer to queue
If there is more than one retailer selling the tickets, you need to queue in as many possible. This increases your chance even more of being successful. You won’t be charged if you manage to reserve tickets; just disregard the other sites and purchase whichever is quickest in reserving for you or has the best seats.
4. Be prepared
When those tickets go on sale, you will not believe how fast the websites crash. To better your chances, what I do is open one of the browsers the night before and leave my laptop on sleep mode (be sure you plug it in so it’s fully charged for goodness sake!). If you’re using tip number three, you need to open one for each retailer you plan to queue with. Excessive? Maybe. But those tickets are in high demand, so you need to do what you need to do.
Around an hour before the tickets go on sale, open an extra tab for each retailer. I must also add that it does not guarantee you getting the tickets, but 4 out of 6 times I’ve used this method, I ended up getting my tickets really early in comparison to opening the tab on the time of sale.
5. DO NOT REFRESH!
Kind of. I mean, the one time you should refresh is just as the tickets go on sale and only do that with the new tabs that you have just opened. Ones you opened before, leave alone. Once you do the refresh, don’t keep trying as it pushes you back further in the queue.
6. Ninja mode: ON
You need to check every single tab constantly. Once you see movement, you need to move. Choose your show, date and seat preferences. Then get ready to pounce once the page finally loads with ticket offers. The website will hold the page for 5-9 minutes (varying with each retailer), so you need to be fast.
7. Get help if you’re not a computer whiz
Some of my friends aren’t the quickest when it comes to computers, whereas I’m pretty fierce with typing, clicking and being on the ball. So if you feel you will be too slow, ask for someone who is quicker to help.
8. There’s no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM’
Going with friends and family to the show? Get them to help you buy tickets. Another device with the tabs means another space in the queues. I’ve not done this personally, but know lots of people who will all meet at someone’s house and all try to get the tickets together. Even if it’s using just one person’s account. It’s more people on the ball.
9. Ask in advance about disabled tickets if you need them
Different websites offer different options for disabled tickets. Some are phone order only and others may offer a separate link. Contact the retailer in advance to find out how to purchase the tickets and follow the above tips accordingly.
10. Unsuccessful? Try Twickets
Twickets is a 100% safe website to get tickets to events and has even been promoted by the likes of One Direction and Ed Sheeran. If you were unsuccessful in buying tickets from the retailer, sign up to Twickets. Choose the show you wish to attend and the price range and ticket option of your choice. Twickets sells unwanted/secondhand tickets for face value and under only, meaning you won’t have to pay scalpers’ ridiculous prices. Once the tickets you want are available, Twickets will give them to you and charge your account. For more info, visit the site.
Wishing you the best of luck and hoping you get all the tickets you ever try to buy!
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