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Last Minute Living: A Guide to Securing Hot Tickets

Thursday 30 January 2014, by

We’re all fans of something. So it’s not surprising that many of us have gone to great lengths to gain entry to our favourite concerts, festivals and live events at some point. When it comes to securing those hot tickets, we’ve all been through frustration of frantically redialling a box office phone number at 9am or manically hitting refresh on an online booking screen with our fingers crossed or even spent a freezing night sleeping rough outside our local concert venue in the hope of securing those all-important tickets the following morning.

However, recent years have brought about a revolution in buying and selling tickets. These days, securing the tickets you want at a price you choose is as simple as knowing where to look online – even if you’re buying right at the last minute.

The Ticket Marketplace Revolution
Spontaneous nights out are always the best right? – and online ticket marketplaces are a fantastic option for those looking to see an impromptu show. They’re also perfect if you want to avoid the dodgy-looking touts we’ve all seen lurking outside our favourite venues, which thanks to the internet is becoming a thing of the past. Sites like Gumtree and StubHub UK are a great place to buy and sell tickets securely on the web, whether you want to see a stadium show, a small club gig, a theatre performance or a big sporting fixture.


Already got tickets in hand but had a last-minute change of plans? These sites can assist with this too, allowing you to sell the tickets you no longer need at a price you set. Best of all, StubHub backs every order with their FanProtect™ Guarantee, giving you the full peace of mind that your transaction is covered whether you’re buying or selling.

Buying Tickets – Top Tips

Want to guarantee your place at a music, comedy or theatre event? Here’s how to do it:

  • Choose your purchase time carefully. Buying right at the start of the sale may see you pay a higher price than if you wait until closer to an event, when tickets can often be sold for below face value on ticket marketplaces such as StubHub
  • If you know which artist or show you want to see, sign up for specific email alerts for ticket sites to ensure you’re the first to know when tickets become available
  • Likewise, it’s worth signing up for weekly newsletters for insider information on upcoming gigs and events
  • Join your favourite artists’ fan clubs for all the latest information so you can be privy to presales and discounts
  • Check the re-sale terms of the event before you buy or sell tickets online – some entertainment events, especially festivals, don’t allow the original buyer to sell on tickets after purchase
  • Many West End theatres offer money-saving ‘ticket lotteries’ for premium seats on the day of each performance, so if you have time, head to the box office and try your luck

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