4 tips to improve your chances at scoring concert tickets in Singapore
With these tips, you might be one step closer to meeting your favourite acts!
With more musical acts like The 1975, NCT Dream and BLACKPINK adding concert tour stops in Singapore, youths now have many shows to look forward to.
But what remains a common struggle is the “war” to secure tickets.
Depending on the artist’s popularity and demand, the concert venue and seating capacity will vary. Since not every act can sell out the 55,000-seat National Stadium, alternative venues with smaller capacity like the Indoor Stadium or The Star Theatre may be used.
Now with travel restrictions removed, you might even find yourself having to compete with international fans on top of local fans.
Here are some tips that might just improve your chances of securing those tickets:
1. Check out the concert details days before ticketing sales begin
Once concert dates have been announced for an artist’s tour stop in Singapore, further details – such as ticket prices, booking channels, and purchase limits for each individual – will be released by event promoters progressively.
It is important to take note of these details before ticket sales officially start, regardless of whether you are purchasing tickets for yourself or with your friends.
Knowing when and where tickets will be officially sold might reduce the chance of you missing out on pre-sales or purchasing from an unauthorised third party.
Signing up for fan club memberships is a good option for those who are willing to spare a little more in exchange for a better chance of scoring good tickets. Otherwise, there are alternative pre-sale options that are supported by companies like Live Nation, PayPal or Singtel.
To give yourself a leg up on getting additional concert details as soon as possible, you can consider following concert promoters’ social media accounts.
2. Decide on your preferred seat categories ahead of time
Each concert venue has its different section spaces and ticket pricings. These include VIP or Standard tickets, and standing or seating categories.
The price per category increases based on how close it is to the stage, with some tickets even providing extra perks such as priority entry and access to soundchecks.
It is important to plan ahead which category you would like to secure and decide the next best options in case your desired category is unfortunately no longer available. This will reduce the amount of time spent stalling and deliberating while in queue.
If you have trouble settling on a section, you can take reference from previous concerts. These pictures or videos are likely floating around on social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok. The references should give you a rough gauge of the view and distance.
3. Have everything you need prepared ahead of time
When the day ticket sales open finally rolls around, it would be wise to log into the ticketing service platform a few minutes before ticket sales open.
Logging in late may potentially result in being handed a poor queue number as you will be placed behind the others who were in the waiting room.
Besides logging in on time, you should make sure that your home WiFi and Internet connection is stable ahead of time.
Alternatively, you could also stop by Internet cafes and use the fast Internet connection for purchasing tickets.
You might also want to have all of your payment details such as credit card number within reach!
4. Use more than one device when ticketing
For some ticket sales platforms like Ticketmaster, each device will be assigned a random queue number.
In these cases, you can use more than one device to enter the online queue, be it your laptop, smart TV or your family member’s mobile phone.
Even if you are planning to physically queue at SingPost outlets, there is no harm queuing online on the side. Since there is no guarantee that you would secure a ticket at SingPost, it might be good to have a backup plan.
You may even want to consider enlisting the help of your friends, colleagues and family members. However, you should only commit to purchasing the tickets that you need instead of reselling the “excess” ones at ridiculously high prices.