Spend less on live music.
I love going to festivals and gigs, but the tickets aren’t cheap. Fortunately, there are often late deals to save money on tickets.
Here are the best deals I’ve found to save you cash. I can’t do anything about the rain though!
Lotto: 2-4-1 gig tickets
Band such as Metronomy, Sleeper, Blossoms and Hamish Hawk are taking part in the United By Music promotion, where those with a National Lottery Lotto ticket or scratch card can get 2 for 1 tickets for live performances.
Groupon: 2-4-1 concert sale (ended)
Right now on Groupon, you can get two for the price of one tickets to a variety of gigs and festivals, including:
- Bryan Adams
- Diana Ross & TLC (Cambridge Club festival)
- Lil Wayne (Strawberries & Creem festival)
- Tears for Fears
- Barry Manilow
It’s while stock lasts and some shows are happening soon.
As ever with Groupon, look for a discount code to save even more on the published price.
Ticketmaster: 2-4-1 flash sale (ended)
Until 5 June 2022 on Ticketmaster, you can get two for the price of one tickets to a variety of gigs, comedy, dance and festivals.
Barclaycard: 5% off tickets / 10% off some events
If you have a Barclaycard credit card you can save 5% if you book via Barclaycard Entertainment and pay using your card.
You’ll also be able to get 10% off and early access to the following:
- Camp Bestival (Dorset)
- cinch presents Creamfields (North)
- cinch presents Latitude
- Wireless (Crystal Palace and Finsbury Park)
- Reading and Leeds
- cinch presents the Isle of Wight Festival
- Capital’s Summertime Ball with Barclaycard
- Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Barclaycard
- Radio X Presents events (where applicable)
- and many more through their partnership with The Ticket Factory
Groupon: Festival offers (expired)
As we get into the summer, Groupon tends to have reduced price entry for a number of events, so it’s always worth a look. These are usually one-day events around the country, but I’ve seen larger events here in the past.
A good way to save cash is to get a ticket when it goes on sale – so you can avoid resale sites charging a premium on top.
O2/Virgin: Priority tickets
O2 and Virgin Media customers get access to the O2 Priority app, and this has a huge number of shows on sale before the general public can get them. And it’s possible to get access to this even if you’re not on O2!
Why pay when you don’t need to! There are offers where tickets are given away for free, or in return for an admin fee.
Sites like Show Film First and Central Tickets often have tickets for live concerts and festivals at short notice where you only need to pay a booking fee (usually between £3 and £8). I’ve written a full guide to how these work and which sites are best.
Volunteer at festivals
Each year it’s possible to volunteer at all the big festivals in return for a free ticket. This includes Glastonbury, though there’s obviously huge demand for this. Read my full guide for details on how to apply and what it entails.