Touts are ruining live music. If that sounds like a bit of an exaggeration, they are at the very least making the price of seeing bands shoot up for most of us.
I’m a huge live music fan, but even I’m struggling to get my hands on tickets when they go on sale because of touts grabbing them to sell on later. These practices basically mean it’s harder to pay a fair(ish) price to see the bands, shows or sports you want.
So this week I’ve looked into how this happens, why you need to avoid reselling sites like Viagogo and StubHub, plus some tips to help you beat the touts and get tickets first.
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Show notes: this week’s links
- Tricks to get tickets to gigs – my guide on Be Clever With Your Cash
- Running up that bill – an old post from Be Clever With Your Cash looking at things like different fees from different ticket sites
- Fan Fair Alliance
- Scarlet Mist
- Buy discounted Ticketmaster codes with Zeek (use code BECLEVER to save an extra £5 on first order)