It can be very expensive to buy tickets for top live shows in Australia. Free tickets for upcoming concerts, events, and music tours are hard to get by if not impossible. It would also be unrealistic to get super cheap tickets to a Mariah Carey concert and other smash hit, blockbuster, or sold out gatherings. It is unrealistic to expect that.
Still, you don’t have to break the bank so you can afford concert ticket prices for top seats. And for many of the other shows, events and pop concerts this 2013 in Australia, you'll stand a very good chance of getting cheap or free tickets. Here's what to try.
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Halftix has been around for a long time. It used to sell last minute tickets at half price on the day of the performance at its ticket booths. Sadly, it doesn’t do that anymore. Instead, it offers discount concert tickets to shows, theatre performances, tours and concerts - all of which can be booked in advance on the website. Or if you feel like walking into one of its outlets and book in person on the spot, then go ahead.
Offering a broader range of concerts and shows than Halftix, Lasttix specialises in last minute theatre tickets, half price tickets and discount tickets to musicals, comedy, live concerts and more. It regularly offers '2 for 1' discount concert tickets. However, you can only do online bookings here.
If you're under 30 or a full-time student, many concert venues are more than willing to offer special deals for you. Sales of these super cheap tickets typically open either one hour or half an hour before the start of the performance.
Youth discount concert tickets are offered by most theatre companies, including the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Street theatre and Bell Shakespeare.
Cheap tickets online
Even if you've passed that magic 30 year milestone, there are other ways to get concert tickets for cheap prices.
Look for previews. Anything that's not a one-off will probably have several preview performances right at the start of the run for considerably lower prices. Not only will you save money, you'll be the first to be able to talk about the new 'hot' show.
Go direct to the source. Cut out the middle man. Sign up at concert and theatre websites so you can get regular or occasional discount concert tickets in return for reading their newsletters.
During Sydney Festival
January is a smorgasbord of concerts and shows in Sydney Australia. And even if tickets sell out very quickly due to a great number of visitors, you can get some for free. Visit Martin Place where there is a booth that offers a limited number of specially held-back, discount concert tickets released on the day of the show. It is open from 0800-1200 (8am - 12 noon) weekdays and 1000-1400 (10am - 2pm) weekends.
It specialises in on selling tickets in the second hand Australian market. It also offers buyers a 100% guarantee that their purchase will be safe and secure and that the tickets will be valid, as described and arrive on time for their event. Some of the live performances you should watch out are: Bon Jovi - Because We Can - The Tour, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Pink Floyd Experience, Rihanna - Diamonds World Tour, The Australian Bee Gees Show, and much more.