Posted on : 31-03-2009 | By : Live Concert | In : Live Concert
Concerts are undoubtedly one of the most popular pastimes among people of all ages – and it’s not hard to see why. When groups of people come together to share fantastic music, a glowing atmosphere and a bit of dancing, what’s not to love? However, before you can enjoy a concert, you need to get past a fairly obtrusive barrier: you have to get your hands on a ticket.
One of the biggest drawbacks when planning to attend a concert lies in the difficulty to get decent seats – or sometimes any seats at all – at the performance venue of your choice. Tickets to popular concerts often sell out in no time at all, dampening your anticipation for a great event; moreover, any tickets which are available through outsourced ticket vendors or scouts end up costing four times the amount you were willing to pay. So should you simply settle for the televised version of the concert on cable? No! Rest assured that there’s another way to enjoy a live concert.
To begin, it’s in your best interest to do some research on the concert of your choice before tickets go on sale. Bands usually perform in a cluster of locations within a given region; so even if you don’t get tickets to the venue closest to your home, you’re more than likely to be able to find them for another venue within reasonable proximity. Find out which venues the band will be playing at in advance, and categorize them by choice. That way, if you make a failed attempt to obtain tickets to your top-choice venue, you can quickly conduct a search on your subsequent picks.
Alternatively, why not make a mini-break out of your concert outing? If you can’t find tickets to any venues near your home, take a road trip – or perhaps a flight – to another city where tickets are available. In addition, you can arrange accommodation near the venue: so you’ll not only have a change of scene, but you won’t have to sit through a late-night drive back after the show.
A lot of people may decide to travel from out of town for the concert – so it’s always a good idea to book accommodation well in advance. A number of hotel chains, such as Hilton Hotels, offer special packages and weekend offers especially if the concert is a well-publicised event. So remember: next time you can’t find concert tickets for a venue near you, consider it a good thing. After all, it’s the perfect excuse to take a weekend break.
Martin McAllister is a freelance online journalist. He lives in Scotland.