What can I do to improve my chances of booking tickets when popular events go on sale?
We promote lots of big tours and gigs where demand for tickets is extremely high. Getting tickets isn't all down to luck though – there are a few things you can do to give yourself a better chance with these tips from Ticketmaster.
Create a Ticketmaster account in advance
If you don't already have an account with our event partners, Ticketmaster, create a brand new online account before the tickets go on sale. This will allow you to store your address and credit card details, so you don't have to rush to type them all in when you're trying to book.
Check your passwords and billing details
If you already have an online account, check that you know your password and all your details are up to date before tickets go on sale. If you've forgotten your password, don't worry, there's an option to have a new one emailed to you. Please also make sure your address is correct if you’ve moved house recently. If you're signed up to Verified by Visa or MasterCard Secure Code, make sure that you know your password before tickets go on sale.
Never load our site in more than one browser window
Only have our site loaded in one window in your web browser – things can get extremely messy otherwise, and you might end up losing tickets you're holding as our website will only allow you to make one booking at a time.
Make sure that you’re using a steady internet connection
If you lose your internet connection during booking for even a second, if you’re part way through a booking you may have to start over and search for tickets again, so it’s best to make sure that you’re using a reliable connection. If you’re using a mobile, you may want to try using Wi-Fi rather than 3G/4G, just in case you lose signal.
Avoid camping on the event page before tickets are released
If you sit on the event page waiting for the timer to count down to zero before an event goes on sale, it means that the page will then need to refresh when tickets are released so that it can update for you to begin your search, which might slow you down. Waiting on the page before tickets are released doesn’t put you into a queue, so there’s not really any need to do this!
Don't refresh your screen
Stick to one window when you’re being pushed through the virtual queue and always resist the urge to refresh. Hitting the refresh button means you’ll lose your place in the queue and, as frustrating as it can get, patience is the only way to win this game.
Ticketmaster is equipped with sophisticated systems that are designed to manage and process ticket purchases as quickly as possible. The queuing system that appears on your screen is actually doing something and will place you at the front of the line as soon as possible.
Other than that, just be sure to be on our website bright and early for when the tickets are released, and we wish you the best of luck!