Live events going cheap

13 Jan 12 03:20PM EST
Post by Brendan Mays

It’s a great time of year to get out and enjoy live entertainment, if you can afford the ticket prices. Additional fees and surcharges bump up already considerable costs, and if you have to purchase tickets for an entire family, going to a live show can be downright unaffordable. For example, a trip to the musical production Annie will cost around $400 for a family of four on a Friday or Saturday night.

Fortunately, there are ways you can enjoy great live entertainment without having to empty your piggy bank. Discount ticket outlets are utilising last-minute unsold tickets and the power of the internet to deliver cheap tickets to patient punters who want to get amongst the action for less.

One big player in this arena is which boasts just below 200,000 members. Their typical deals are for 30-50% off, and the company covers events from sport and comedy to theatre and live music. At the time of writing, Lasttix is offering 2-for-1 tickets to the tennis or 30% discount on Ali Campbell’s UB40, to name a few examples. is another operator worth checking out, but the range is typically limited and the website doesn’t always work as you would expect. They do have a hotline number, though, and their deals often include premium tickets with bonus drinks, CDs or meals to go with your show.

You will have to sign up using your email address, which is a pain if you don’t like giving out your information. However, if you don’t mind receiving promotions or newsletters in your inbox, this is another way to pick up low-cost tickets. If there is a particular venue you’re interested in, such as the Sydney Opera House for example, it’s a good idea to sign up to their mailing list as they also often send member-only deals or discount offers.

Discount tickets may be unreliable if you’re really hoping to catch a particular show, and you might not always have access to the best seats. But if you’re hoping to snag some live shows, sports or other entertainment for cheap, it’s a great way to experience an event without the accompanying drain on your finances.

It’s a great time of year for live entertainment, but it can be expensive. What tips do you have to save money on ticket prices?


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