Strapped for Cash? Save big on tickets for year-round events

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Strapped for Cash? Save big on tickets for year-round events

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From electrifying concerts to thrilling sporting events and side-splitting stand-up comedy, there's always something happening throughout the year.

But attending these events can often come with a hefty price tag.

Fortunately, we’ve got some savvy strategies to help you secure cheaper tickets and make the most of your event experience without breaking the bank.

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.


Avoid ticket resale sites: Resale platforms like Viagogo and StubHub often inflate ticket prices with additional fees. Stay ahead by purchasing tickets directly from authorised sellers to dodge inflated costs and avoid potential scams.

Sign up for artist mailing lists: Gain access to exclusive pre-sales by joining the mailing lists of your favourite bands and artists. This grants you priority access to tickets before they’re available to the general public, reducing the risk of missing out or resorting to resale sites.

Opt for midweek gigs: If a concert offers multiple dates, consider attending midweek shows. These tend to have less demand than weekend gigs, making it easier to secure seats at lower prices.


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Group bookings: Some festivals offer discounted rates for group bookings, making it more economical to attend with friends or family.

Use payment plans: Many festivals offer payment plans, allowing you to spread the cost of your ticket over several monthly instalments for easier budgeting. We love Afterpay!

Consider volunteering: Explore volunteering opportunities at festivals for free access in exchange for a few shifts over the weekend—a cost-effective way to experience the event and make new connections.

Bring your own food: Save on food expenses by bringing your own snacks and meals to festivals, where permitted of course.

Check alcohol allowances: Research festival policies regarding alcohol consumption to make the most of any allowances, saving on pricey onsite bar purchases.

Pack your own chargers: Avoid costly phone charging fees by bringing your own portable charger to festivals.


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Sporting Events:

Opt for less desirable seats: For major sporting events, consider choosing seats with less demand to secure cheaper tickets. Usually there will be screens around so you’ll still be able to see what’s going on! This one also applies to concerts too… Taylor Swift’s restricted seats looks pretty damn good!

Attend away games: Away game tickets for football teams are often priced lower than home games, providing a more affordable option for fans.

Explore coach deals: Look for coach deals offered by football clubs for away games, often at discounted rates compared to train travel.

Book transport early: Secure your transport arrangements as soon as fixtures are announced to lock in lower prices before demand drives costs up.


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Choose higher seats: Save on theatre tickets by opting for seats higher up in the auditorium—ideal for those unbothered by heights.

Seek last-minute deals: Keep an eye out for last-minute ticket deals on agent websites, as theatres may offer discounted seats to ensure a full audience.

Compare ticket prices: Compare prices across official show websites, venue platforms, and ticket sale sites to find the best deal before purchasing.

Group bookings: Take advantage of group booking discounts offered by major theatres for groups of 10 or more.

Be flexible with dates: Save on theatre tickets by opting for midweek or matinee performances, often priced lower than weekend evening shows.


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Stand-Up Comedy:

Attend free events: Discover free comedy nights in city centres for budget-friendly entertainment, using web platforms or guides to find local events.

Catch comedians testing new material: Keep an eye on local comedy clubs where big-name comedians often test new material at reduced costs.

Explore Blue Light Tickets: Emergency services personnel may access discounted tickets to large-scale comedy shows, offering savings on entertainment expenses.

With these insider tips from Wethrift discount expert Nick Drewe, you can enjoy a year filled with unforgettable events without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re a music aficionado, sports enthusiast, theatre buff, or comedy connoisseur, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while keeping costs in check.