Once the weather starts to steadily improve, thoughts turn to getting outside as much as possible. Of course, summer means concert season and there’s just nothing like an outdoor show. Even if you aren’t into the big outdoor festival scene, most of us still want front row seats to see our favorite acts inside, whether it’s a concert hall or an intimate venue. The problem these days is that it can seem impossible to get decent seats at a decent price.
There are some ways to get around the high prices though. Sometimes it’s just luck, but more often than not, it just takes a little extra effort to find the good seats at a good price for the best acts. Here are a few ideas.
Avoid Service Fees and Buy Direct from the Box Office
The service fees are one of the most annoying things about buying tickets online. These fees just seem to keep increasing and it’s easy to feel like you’re being charged for nothing. To get around this, head over to the venue if at all possible. Most of the larger music halls and stadiums have a box office window where you can go to purchase tickets directly.
Get Last Minute Seats Direct from the Box Office
We’ve all heard the hype over concerts being sold out in the first five minutes. Usually it makes you feel like you’ll never be able to see a particular act. Who are these people that snatch up all those tickets so quickly? If you are unable to get a ticket, there is still sometimes hope. Often a venue will hold back some tickets for the day of the show. The trick is to block out your time, head down to the box office when they open, and if you’re lucky, snag some last-minute seats.
There’s an App for That!
Like everything else, there are apps that can help you get concert tickets. For instance, Bandsintown is an app that will scan your online music playlists and make suggestions for shows you might like. It also lets you share with friends to make it a social thing. GigScout is another app that uses a map to let you know everything that’s going on near you. There are filters for genre and you can buy tickets, as well as book your Uber ride, directly through the app.
Support Your Local Music Scene
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to hear great music or to see a great show. Depending on where you live, you can probably find a local music scene with awesome music. Yes, the big names are great to see, but there’s a lot of talent out there and you might just be able to sit in on the next big thing.
The key with concerts is to be creative. And if you need a little extra money for the big show, SideMoney can help. Just log on, take surveys, download apps, or watch videos and you’re on your way to earning!