Does anyone remember the days where you had to line up outside a Ticketmaster box office to get concert tickets? Where you would camp overnight if you had to in order to get the best tickets possible? Those days are clearly behind us with the convenience of the internet, making concert ticket buying easy to do without leaving the house, spending hours in line, or camping out.
Unfortunately, these days it seems HARDER to get tickets to big name acts. Between endless presale codes and the influx of scalpers, it’s nearly impossible to get good seats to a show anymore. Does anyone remember the extreme disappointment I felt last year when I couldn’t get Garth Brooks tickets? Well the problem with getting tickets to big name acts in Alberta continues.
I’ve recently bought tickets to see Bruno Mars, Pink and most recently Mumford and Sons. I didn’t end up with particularly good seats to either show but it seems Pink and Mumford and Sons were especially hard. There was at least three presales for Pink prior to the public sale. The presales seemed to have sold out impossibly fast which leaves a person to wonder how there are possibly any tickets left for the public sale. Again, you go on ticket resale sites and there are endless number of tickets for sale at outrageous prices.
Mumford and Sons tried to combat the issue by having people register to receive a presale code. Codes were emailed out at random and your code limited you to only four tickets. It was a great idea to try and cut down the ticket brokers/scalpers that buy huge lots of tickets. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive a code so I had to try my hand at getting public sale tickets. I was lucky enough to get some nosebleeds. But afterward, there was a huge outcry on social media about how much it sucks to get concert tickets!
I read a CBC article after the fast Mumford and Sons sellout that talks about the different laws in Saskatchewan surrounding Ticketmaster. You must have a Sask IP address in order to purchase tickets in the first hour of tickets being on sale. I think that Alberta should follow suit. Yes, it is easy to get around, but it could still cut down on the amount of brokers buying up all the tickets. Alberta needs to do SOMETHING to fix this flaw because it is seriously taking the enjoyment out of concerts for the real music lovers.
As a side note, Liam met a new girlfriend today. Her name is Sophie and she’s five weeks old and precious as can be!
He also met his first cat!
What was the last concert you bought tickets too? Did you have any issues getting tickets/good seats?
What do you think would cut down the number of brokers/scalpers?