5 Ways to Score Cheap Concert Tickets

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Love to go to concerts like I do? 🙋🏻‍♀️

I’m not one to spend a lot of money on expensive handbags, shoes or designer clothes. My go-to splurge is concert tickets and travel. I’m always looking for ways to score cheap concert tickets at the lowest prices so I thought I’d share a few of my tried-and-true tips with all of you.

Here are 5 of the best ways to save on concert tickets:



Keep your eyes peeled for Groupon offering tickets to see your favorite artists at savings up to 75% off original ticket prices. While these won’t be front row or super close seats, they are priced much lower and will often have no additional handling fees tacked on so they are often a great value!

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Ticket Resellers

While you can often find tickets on sale from individual sellers on social media, Craigslist and other apps, you have to be careful that you’re not buying counterfeit tickets. If you’re buying from a Ticket Broker you can check to see if they are a NATB Member (National Association of Ticket Brokers) by going here. When you buy a ticket from an NATB Member, they will deliver your tickets or will refund you 200% of the price of your tickets.

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I’ve personally had great success with StubHub – especially with buying tickets on the day of a concert. Sellers get desperate to just get back some of what they paid for the tickets and will often drop the price they are asking the day of the show, especially if there are a ton of tickets still available.

Even better, StubHub protects your purchase with their 100% guarantee. If your tickets purchased from the StubHub website or mobile app end up being invalid you’ll get your money back and they will try and get you replacement tickets. You’ll also receive a full refund if your event is canceled and not rescheduled. I’ve used StubHub at least 10 times and have never had a problem.


Buy last minute

If you have the patience to wait and you’re willing to take the risk, you can always try buying your concert tickets the week of the show, or sometimes even the day of the show! Venues often hold back tickets for the artists, promoters, and for their own use. Many artists will also have tickets that are held as a part of a VIP package, if there are packages that didn’t sell, those tickets typically will go back up for sale. Often if you buy your tickets directly at the box office, you’ll avoid the Ticketmaster service fee, which is sometimes a hefty savings.

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Be the Lone Ranger!

I know this isn’t everyone’s bag, but I often go to concerts alone! It doesn’t bother me being there without a squad, and I’m often able to grab awesome single seats that people are trying to sell on eBay, Stub Hub, etc. at a reduced price when their friend, family etc can’t go. Sometimes random single seats that are close to the stage will pop up on Ticketmaster, you just have to keep checking, and checking, and checking again, trust me, it’s worth it!

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Win tickets!

Ticket prices are soaring these days, many acts I’ve seen a couple of years ago have returned to my area and are charging double if not triple what the ticket prices were before. I recently read that it’s due to music streaming, and now artists don’t make money on the music, they make money on the tours.

If tickets aren’t in your budget, then don’t give up on seeing your favorite groups, you just have to be resourceful and sometimes have luck on your side. Many groups will give out tickets via their social media accounts, through online contests and radio promotions. I’ve won tickets to see Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Van Halen and Big Time Rush (those were for my daughter, but I confess I knew all the songs 😊).

The Madonna tickets I won just by sending tweets on Twitter to her tour manager during a contest he was running! My daughter won the Big Time Rush tickets just by tagging the group on social media during a contest along with a selfie. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Have any tips or tricks to saving money on concert tickets? Let me know in the comments!

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About the writer:

Angela graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and has 25+ years of experience as a writer and photographer with her work being featured in US Weekly Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, and more.

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Comments 38

  1. Deb

    I teach at a community college in a major city in the midwest. We regularly get offers for both faculty and students to attend concerts and the theater for free or greatly reduced prices. Also, our award-winning regional theater frequently sends out email blasts with ticket deals for concerts and plays.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

    • kerryhaney@gmail.com

      We use Vettix also. We saw Peppa Pig just last week and it was awesome. Tickets were in the 7th row and they were fantastic. If anyone would like to use my referral code here it is. https://www.vettix.org/ref/569183

      • Angela (Hip Sidekick)

        A friend of mine uses Vet Tix as well! He loves it!

    • Casey

      Being a member of a fan club can get you presale tickets even the chance for a meet and great. Paid $15 for Lady Antebellum’s online fan club and won meet and great tickets.

  2. thomas

    I love going to concerts also. Ticket prices can vary depending on which site you buy your tickets from. I found that using this app called Songkick can save you a little money. Also if you sign up with them they will notify you when discounted tickets are available. I’ve scored concert tickets for 10 dollars on more than one occasion. The last concert I attended which was about two weeks ago the tickets were going for 70-150 on several sites and I got them for 36 dollars. A couple of days later they sent me an email stating that they were having a sale and the tickets had gone down to 25 dollars. Its definitely worth checking out.

  3. pokz

    Volunteer as usher or whatever…. best free concert!

  4. frecklelily

    I just scored tickets to see Billie Eilish in Orlando in March. I signed up to be a “verified fan” in Ticketmaster’s website. Two days before general public release, I got a code so I could buy tickets the day BEFORE the public release. I scored 2 FLOOR tickets for $300 total. Best and easiest purchase ever.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Wow! SO cool! Hope you have an awesome time!

    • shop4mybabies

      i’m taking my 15 and 20 year old to billie in tacoma wa in april…i had to get a seat directly behind them because I couldn’t get 3 together..and they are not floor seats but the girls are EXCITED…my 21 year old was totally ok not going because they like country and hate loud noises. Billie isn’t my favorite but their is no denying her beautiful voice and talent…and she is my kiddos favorite

  5. CW

    Avoid Vivid Seats. Just this past week, my friend, a mayor of a town, sold 3 tickets to a concert. Vivid refused to pay her for the sale because one person bought two tickets and claimed they were fraudulent (they were not!). They also didn’t pay her for the third ticket with no reported issue. She provided Vivid Seats with the actual original Ticketmaster purchase/receipt and they said that wasn’t enough proof. She lost out on the money on 3 tickets! Avoid….

  6. hrosana

    Listen to your local radio stations and easiest way to win. This year I have won many concert tickets One of them was the JLo and they were great tickets really enjoyed the show. Last year I won for Shakira which she was amazing. And many many more every year.

  7. serenity he

    any one know how to get cheap tickets for disney on ice? I live near the Honda center in anaheim, ca

    • Bbrown

      We always go on opening night. The tickets are $12.50 that night, but $40 the next night for the same seats.

  8. MKfromMN

    If you like discounted travel, then you need to check out the Thrifty Traveler on any social media platform. They find the lowest tickets fares out there. It’s based out of Minneapolis but they send daily emails and give up to 32 cities you can catch that cheap airfare. I highly recommend them!

  9. Emy

    I HAVE $25 TicketMaster cash if anyone is interested. Just looking for $5-10 in Walmart, target, or amazon gift cards…so there is a more than 50% savings!

    Let me know If you are interested. Thanks!

    • erika

      Nope. Can’t risk any of these. I ONLY buy front row tickets to my favorite artists.

  10. kevinruffenach

    TickPick is a great app because there are no hidden fees!

    • Amber

      Thanks for sharing this. Was able to get tickets for $30 to a show I wanted to go to. On Ticketmaster they are $35 plus fees

  11. Dezi

    I am a crazy concert person lol! I always win tickets or I wait for Live Nation’s $20 all-in sale. They do it once a year and they have concert tickets for $20….taxes and fees included! It’s the best deal ever.

  12. Kiki

    I just won Twenty One Pilots tickets on the radio about an hour ago! So excited!!

    • Cassandra (Hip Sidekick)

      Nice, Kiki!

    • MamaBear

      Yay! Good for you girl! It’s going to be a great day!

    • me

      I went last minute to the Tampa show (first of this tour leg). Crazy amazing production!

  13. Jeni Budinger

    Veterans and military families can register for vettix. Tickets are donated by organizations etc. and veterans can attend all sorts of events for free (small service charge). We have seen the Jonas Brothers and Bryan Adams/Billy Idol for a fee of 14.97 total! Great organization!

    • Lisa JP

      Just posted about vettix, should have read the responses first. We’ve seen countless great concerts using them!

  14. LJfromNJ

    I volunteer at a local theater, as someone said above, that’s the best way to see concerts, plays, etc free! Besides that, if a show doesn’t sell like they expected sometimes on the day of the show they offer free tickets to whoever is walking by. Usually word gets out pretty fast, but that is another possibility.
    ….and as a season ticket holder for the local NFL team I can attest that I lower our ticket prices (when we aren’t going) up to the last hour. (I use the NFL team’s ticketmaster, they sell directly, I don’t have to upload the tickets or anything). I would rather get anything than nothing! There are MANY others selling also, we have to keep lowering prices to make sure our tickets sell.

  15. MinnesotaMeghan

    LOVE Groupon for concert tickets. What you see is what you pay, no hidden or ridiculous fees! The seats are usually not the most desirable, but if you just want to be in the building and enjoy a night of live music, you can get some great deals. This year I have seen Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys and most recently Chainsmokers/ 5SoS using Groupon and I never paid more than $30 for my seat. I also was able to see Jennifer Lopez for $20 during LiveNation’s concert week promo last April. Something to watch for again next April.

  16. Jessica Mcguire

    Goldstar.com is another great website for discount tickets to concerts & events!

    • Beverly

      Thanks! I’d never of heard of them before.

  17. Lisa JP

    Vet Tix provides tickets to all branches of currently-serving Military and Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA.


  18. Casey

    Signed up for emails from my local civic center. They sometimes email me with a code to get presale tickets. Was able to get great seats to Cirque du Soleil.

  19. Casey

    Being a member of a fan club can get you presale tickets even the chance for a meet and great. Paid $15 for Lady Antebellum’s online fan club and won meet and great tickets.

  20. MamaBear

    Whoever the ticket stubs belong to, I’m coming with you next time!!

    • Angela (Hip Sidekick)

      Ha! Those are mine! I’m a concert junkie!

  21. Dawn

    I used StubHub for the first time recently. I bought 2 tickets for my 2 daughters to see a concert. Paid $125 total. They get there, one of the first ones in line because you gotta get in early for standing room only. They couldn’t get the tickets to scan. After 20 minutes of trying, and MANY people going in the doors before them, they were told that the tickets were cancelled and the money was refunded to the original purchaser. Thank goodness my daughter had enough cash on her to pay for 2 new tickets. Price of 2 tickets: $74. We paid nearly double that with the original tickets! I contacted StubHub, and they did refund the money and apologize for the inconvenience. The whole thing was a disaster. I will never use them again.

  22. *Angela-Miles*

    Im the same way Angela, not into material things much but I do love to travel and do events! I’ve also went to sporting events by myself a few times, havent done a concert alone yet Lol. I can see it in the future tho 😉 . It was weird at first to be solo but now it doesnt bother me if I cant find anyone else that can go with me. Stubhub is my go to, never had a problem and I almost always wait til the last minute. In the past year Ive bought tickets to:
    Ncaa tournament, Grand OleOpry, Pink concert, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and my local college football team home games. You can definitely get great seats on Stubhub waiting up until the last day or two. 🙂 🙂

  23. kassylovesconcerts

    Does anyone know where I can get cheap big-time rush tickets? I live in Chicago and I really want to go see them!

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