Ed Sheeran tickets went on sale this morning at 10am and sold out in minutes – did you manage to snag any?
I was online at 10am and waiting for tickets on two websites at the same time. On one site, I was held in a queue indefinitely. On the second site, I could see I was 48,000th in line. I wish I was exaggerating.
However, because I’m nothing if not persistent, I was also on the phone dialling Ticketmaster repeatedly – and I got through on the 5th try! Hurrah!
Unfortunately, Ticketmaster’s phone line only lets you look for tickets for 2 venues/dates before it cuts you off – and there were no tickets left on either of the 2 dates I tried. By 10.09am, all the seated tickets for the tour had been sold, and I was out of luck.
As it happens, I already had tickets, thanks to a pre-sale on Tuesday – today, I was trying to snag some for my brother and his family. Given I don’t have a proper job, it’s a bit easier for me to go through the ticket-chasing business. But it’s not always going to work – in which case, you’re going to need my…
Sneaky Tips for Getting Hot Tickets
My top, top tip for getting tickets to see popular artists… when you suspect they’re about to announce a tour, join their mailing list. That’s how I managed to snag tickets for Taylor Swift’s tour early, and the same tactic paid dividends with Ed, when tickets were released for a small number of dates on Tuesday morning.
Yeah, sure, friends mocked me for joining Taylor Swift’s online fan club, but they soon stopped laughing when we got SECOND ROW tickets in one of the closest blocks to the stage at Manchester Arena.
Oh, also – join the venue’s mailing list.
After the pre-sale for Ed Sheeran on Tuesday, there was a second pre-sale on Wednesday for tickets for the Barclaycard Arena. I only found out because I’d signed up for their mailing list, too.
Barclaycard often gives cardholders early access to tickets at the venue, too – basically make sure if you have a mobile phone company that has entertainment sponsorship, or a credit card, MAKE SURE you’re on the email list!
Another trick I’ve learned (if you don’t mind paying a little more) is to be a member of Amplify, which offers hospitality tickets for Birmingham arenas. Usually you’ll pay around £120-150 per ticket rather than £70, but for this you’ll get premium parking, pre-concert dining and interval drinks – plus early access to buying tickets, in many cases.
Even if you’re not buying early, tickets on Amplify are often sold out later than the regular tickets. You don’t have to be a member to buy Amplify tickets, by the way, but you won’t get early ticket access if you’re not.
Of course, there ARE tickets available to Ed Sheeran gigs.
At 10.25 this morning I checked GetMeIn, the resale ticket side owned by Ticketmaster, where you can sell tickets you no longer need or want. And sure enough, there were already 89 tickets available to the Saturday night Ed Sheeran gig in Manchester – with prices ranging from £260 up to £770. This for tickets that cost between £40 and £70 face value.
What ENRAGES me about this is that ticket touts clearly bought tickets with the sole intention of selling them on to mugs like you and me, minutes later. This isn’t, “Oh, I bought tickets and my brother can’t make it,” is it? This is, “Ha! I snagged 4 tickets and I can now make 3 grand in 10 minutes. Result!”
Ticket touts – you are bad, bad people.
As well as being extortionately expensive, let’s not forget the fact that there’s nothing to prevent tickets on GetMeIn and the like from being fake or duplicate tickets. Yes, Ticketmaster offers you a refund if your tickets are fake and will try and replace them. But what sort of consolation is that if you’ve missed a concert you’ve been looking forward to for months?
Ed Sheeran himself says the “official” resale site for the tour is Twickets, which only sells tickets at face value plus postage – but there’s absolutely NO requirement to sell your tickets there, if you’d rather make a huge pile of cash from the likes of GetMeIn. He’s not a fan of the touts any more than we are. But what can he do?
I’m not sure what the solution is – we live in a free country, and if some idiot wants to buy something cheap and sell it expensive, and there’s someone willing to buy from them, then I guess all’s fair in love and concert tickets.
But I can’t help thinking that it stinks for people like my brother and his family, who can’t afford to pay thousands for a few tickets, and will miss the concert as a result.
What do you reckon?