Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to Get Good Seats at Concerts


I have had a few people ask about how I get super good seats at concerts. It is actually quiet easy. There is no rocket science to or even that much thinking. Every show I go to, I prefer to be at least 2-3 rows by the stage. I will not take any less if I buy the tickets. It is so much fun to be that close to the artist. 

Here are some tips on getting good seats at concerts.

1. Join the fan club of the act you want to see. I also join fan clubs of the music artist I want to see. If someone if coming to my area, I join right away before tickets go on sale. Fan club members get first dibs on any tickets. This automatically gets me up front or even in the pit. (Some acts do not have a pit and some even have the pit on the side and then regular seating out front) Some fan clubs can be pricey. Blake Shelton's is free! Go JOIN! I keep Miranda Lambert's year round but others I just join when they come around to get a good deal. For the last concert I paid $60.00 per ticket and I was 3rd. My friends that were way up away from the stage paid the same....womp womp. 



2. A perk of Fan Club is meet n greets with an artist. These go quick so good luck trying to get one of them.

3. Join the mailing list/fan club of the arena/stadium you are going to. They have their own little pre sale after the fan club gets their hands on it. There are typically some good seats left still and they are fairly priced. Most concert tickets for a country concert do not run that high unless it is Taylor Swift..then sell a kidney to get in.



4. Don't go in a big group. I find that if it is just me and one other person, we have a better shot at getting good seats. Big groups have to get seats in sections that are farther away and higher up. Small groups are easier to find seats for. Typically go with your best friend and make it a girls night!

5.  Log on the Ticketmaster or whatever site is selling the tickets the minute they go up for sale. I log in the minute I can and buy my tickets to get the best seat I can possibly get. I prefer to be front row or 2nd row. I don't like pit as much because I am not going to elbow you to get close to an artist.  Watch refreshing Ticketmaster to much though, it will lock you out for awhile if they think you are a ticket scalper. 



6. Check out the seating arrangement ahead of time as well to see if the seats you get are what you want. You can also change them on the site and see if you can get something else. I typically try to get something closer a few times before I actually buy them. 

7. Radio station contest. I have won a ton of contest over the past few years and have gotten to see some great acts like Darius Rucker and Brantley Gilbert for free!!! I call in, enter on their pages, their facebook pages. You can't win if you don't try.

8.  From Jessica over Wonder What's Next "Another good one is to join the fan/promotional club of the radio station sponsoring the event if they have one. That's how I was able to get tickets to Taylor Swift at all (and still sell a kidney). I got in a day before general admission went on sale, had to wait 20 minutes to even get on the site and every time I refreshed seats were disappearing. But by golly, I got three of them! At the very top.......but then arena staff moved us down to the floor before the show started. :). "

9. Tweet the artist..what can it hurt?? I have seen people score tickets and meet n greets! Also...some acts that open up for big headliners typically give away 1 or 2 pairs of them before the shows. Watch them twitter feeds if you don't have a pair of tickets yet!

10. From Erin over at She's A Big Star "Another tip that people aren't usually aware of is to wait until just 2-4 days before the concert and check Ticketmaster. It's risky to wait that long but once they get into the venue and start setting up for the show, they realize there's sometimes more room than they thought so they'll add additional seats, most times right up front. This is also when any tickets the artist and crew aren't using for that show get released back to TM and they're good seats. I've gotten 2nd and 3rd row seats that way. Also, buying a single ticket (esp through fan clubs) you'll always find the best seat available. Of course it kind of stinks because you want to be with your friends but if you don't mind going solo, you can score a good seat. I scored front row for Kenny Chesney that way once at face value...." 

I know this is a bit of a lot of work but it is worth it for a good night of fun! 
Other than that..it is easy...join the fan clubs and mailing list and buy the tickets before others can! If not, you are up in the nosebleed sections and your best friend is your beer! 


5 comments:

  1. Great tips! I really need to do this soon!

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  2. Great tips!! Another good one is to join the fan/promotional club of the radio station sponsoring the event if they have one. That's how I was able to get tickets to Taylor Swift at all (and still sell a kidney). I got in a day before general admission went on sale, had to wait 20 minutes to even get on the site and every time I refreshed seats were disappearing. But by golly, I got three of them! At the very top.......but then arena staff moved us down to the floor before the show started. :)

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  3. Another tip that people aren't usually aware of is to wait until just 2-4 days before the concert and check Ticketmaster. It's risky to wait that long but once they get into the venue and start setting up for the show, they realize there's sometimes more room than they thought so they'll add additional seats, most times right up front. This is also when any tickets the artist and crew aren't using for that show get released back to TM and they're good seats. I've gotten 2nd and 3rd row seats that way. Also, buying a single ticket (esp through fan clubs) you'll always find the best seat available. Of course it kind of stinks because you want to be with your friends but if you don't mind going solo, you can score a good seat. I scored front row for Kenny Chesney that way once at face value. And my last piece of advice... for people who buy pit tickets, BACK UP! I love being in the pit but people push and shove and cram themselves in a tight space to have their elbows on the stage... if you back up seriously five feet you have a great view and plenty of room to sing and dance and enjoy yourself!

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  4. these are such great tips!! i'm always on the lookout to get good seats :)

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  5. DUDE. You're like a GENIUS! I would have never thought about this! Thanks for sharing! Fan clubs and discounted / first dib pricing.

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