Half the battle of attending a concert or live event is deciding where to buy tickets.
With multiple options to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out where the best deal is and which sites will hit you hard in the end with fees.
And, in some cases, customers miss out on the best deals because they don’t take the time to shop around for prices.
This is where we come in.
Below is a list, in alphabetical order, of the most popular websites where you can buy tickets for sporting events, concerts, shows, plays and other live events.
The main selling point of MegaSeats is the lack of fees. What you see is what you get, and the ticket price shown is what you will eventually pay at checkout. So if the prices seem a bit higher on the surface, they’re probably close to what you’d pay on other sites.
Look for tickets on MegaSeats here.
SeatGeek is perhaps the most modern and tech-savvy option and comes equipped with a “deal score” – an algorithm that tells you the quality of the deal you are getting. SeatGeek serves as the primary marketplace for Broadway shows, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and a few others, which means better prices for certain venues and events.
Look for tickets on SeatGeek here.
StubHub is widely regarded as the aftermarket industry standard. The resale platform offers competitively priced tickets and is well-known among consumers, which means that if you need to sell your tickets, they are likely to be seen by more people.
Look for tickets on StubHub here.
TicketCity has been in business since 1990 and often competes for the best ticket prices for every event listed on the secondary market. There is currently a promotion where you can save $15 on ticket orders over $400 by using code TCITYSAVE15 at checkout.
Look for tickets on TicketCity here.
Yes, Ticketmaster has its detractors, the recent Bruce Springsteen ticket fiasco shows why.
But when it comes to live events, it’s hard not to consider Ticketmaster as the primary ticket source. The company often has deals with artists and venues, so when tickets go on sale and you scramble for seats, you’ll usually find the best initial prices on Ticketmaster.
Look for tickets on Ticketmaster here.
TicketNetwork has quietly established itself as one of the best resale options available. Tickets are listed by professional ticket companies and trusted ticket sellers.
Search for tickets on TicketNetwork here.
In terms of ease of use, ticket availability, and price, Vivid Seats might just reign supreme. Their site is easy to navigate and often offers hard-to-find festival tickets. There is currently a promotion where new users can save $20 on ticket orders over $200 by using code NJ20 at checkout.
Look for tickets on Vivid Seats here.
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Matt Levy covers the entertainment industry live, writing about upcoming concerts, festivals, shows and events. He can be reached at [email protected].