Unless you have been living underneath a rock for the last ten years, you must have noticed that the price of tickets for live music has gone through the roof. As recording artists no longer make as much money from the sales of their music has they used to do, they have had to find another may to earn a living, and this unfortunately has resulted in us paying more when we go and see a live show.
However, rather than sitting there are blaming the music industry for ruining our fun, there are a few things that we can do to try and bring the price of our tickets down a bit, so if you are planning on attending a gig any time soon, you might want to try out a few of these tips.
Join a Fan club or Subscribe to the Newsletter
If your favourite artist is planning a live tour in the future, make sure that you are signed up to their email newsletter. More often than not, artists will offer their biggest fans the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. This means that you have a better chance of getting hold of the tickets that you want and you are less likely to have to bid of them on a secondary ticket site where the prices can be extortionate. Also, fan clubs are sometimes offered tickets at a discounted price, so if you really like a band or a singer, make sure that you are a member.
Never Use Secondary Ticket Sites
When you miss out on getting tickets from the official source it can be very frustration, especially if the tickets appear to sell out within a matter of minutes, only to resurface for sale on another website within hours. The problem is that these secondary site normally charge a huge mark up fee and yo will end up paying through the nose if you buy tickets from them. Tempting as it may be, try and stay well away from sites like those.
Search For Promo Codes
Often the big ticket website will offer promo codes to give you a discount off the price of your ticket. If you spend a minute or two cheeking on a site like Fliggo or any other that lists vouchers, then you might find that you can get 10% or even 20% off the price. You have to be lucky with timing here because if there aren’t any vouchers available at the time when you need to buy your ticket, there is not much that you can do. Nevertheless, it is always worth checking, to find out one way or another.
Use Social Media
When a show sells out, instead of turning straight to expensive websites or touts, try asking friends on social media if they know anybody who has tickets that they no longer need. Often people buy tickets and later discover that they are unable to attend a gig, and if this is the case you might be able to get them for a fraction of the price that you would have to pay elsewhere. Although you might be desperate to get hold of your tickets, try and be patient, because if you are not, you will end up paying more.