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When the biggest acts go on tour, securing concert tickets can be a nightmare. After all, seeing any live music is often worth the cost of admission, but when it comes to the biggest names in pop music, and the elaborate, flashy and memorable stage shows these stars put on, everybody wants a seat. The good news is that with a little ingenuity, you can make it through the concert ticket rush—and get the tickets you want.

Grabbing Your Tickets

Be sure to sign up for any fan clubs or mailing lists for big-name acts, so when those tickets finally go on sale, you’ll hear about it first, or you’ll know about credit card-specific presale offers. Additionally, you can get even more out of the experience: Most major pop concerts also offer VIP ticket upgrades, where you can meet your favorite acts before or after a show for an autograph and a photo.

Choosing Your Seat

Because most major pop concerts occur in stadiums, pay close attention to the seat map before you buy. It’s also wise to do a quick image search online just to see exactly how the music venues in question are laid out and how far you’ll be from the stage—if you’re not splurging for floor seats, that is.

Don’t Overlook the Openers

One of the benefits of catching some of the biggest and best pop concerts is that when you buy tickets, you’re seeing some of the biggest acts in the world with massive and diverse fan bases. This means that the opening acts could be obscure or mid-level, but they’re most likely on the rise. Be sure to look at the openers for upcoming concerts, and don’t skip the first or second act—you just might find your new favorite artist.
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