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Your favourite band has announced a new UK tour, they're coming to your home town and you want to go see them. So where's the best place to buy your tickets? Find out with our guide to buying tickets...
The best way to buy your tickets is to go direct to the venue that will host the event. If you visit the box office in person you can often purchase tickets without paying any booking fees. Alternatively, you can contact the box office by telephone and pay for your tickets using a credit card. However, there is usually a booking fee associated with credit card purchases.
Tip: Venue contact details are displayed at the bottom of every event page on BIGLiveActs.co.uk. This enables you to contact the venue direct to check out ticket prices and availability.
If you can't get to the venue box office, or if they don't have any tickets left, you can buy your tickets from an online booking agency. When searching for an online booking agency, it's very important that you only use an established and reputable company. TicketMaster.co.uk has been selling tickets online since 1998 and offers a reliable and trusted service, so we recommend that you use them.
Tip: You will see links to TicketMaster.co.uk under the main event details whenever you view an event on BIGLiveActs.co.uk. If you click on a link you will be directed to the TicketMaster.co.uk website where you can view ticket prices for the event.
If an event is really popular it can often sell out quite quickly. Until recently the only way to get tickets to a sold-out event was to hope that some tickets might be returned to the venue, or to take your chances with a ticket tout. However, the Internet now offers you another (far better) option in the form of ticket exchanges. Ticket exchanges allow fans who've already bought tickets to an event (that they can no longer attend) to offer their tickets for sale to other fans. GetMeIn.com, SeatWave.com, Stubhub.co.uk and Viagogo.co.uk are online ticket exchanges that offer a guaranteed service, where you can be sure that the tickets you purchase will be delivered on time and as advertised. We recommend that you use these ticket exchanges before you try any others.
Tip: If tickets are available on GetMeIn.com, SeatWave.com, Stubhub.co.uk or Viagogo.co.uk, you will see links under the main event details whenever you view an event on BIGLiveActs.co.uk. If you click on a link you will be directed to the corresponding ticket exchange website where you can view ticket prices for the event.
Sometimes tickets to certain events are available to purchase before they actually go on sale to the general public. This is known as a presale. In order to purchase tickets during the presale period you will normally require a special password, which is often sent out in fan club newsletters. If you are a member of an artist's fan club you may be eligible to purchase presale tickets, so it's worth checking!
IMPORTANT: When buying tickets online it is very important that you only use established and reputable websites that can be trusted to deliver the tickets you wish to purchase. If in any doubt - do not make a purchase! It is also recommended that you use a credit card when purchasing tickets online, because this may offer you some protection against fraud.
BIGLiveActs.co.uk does not sell tickets for any of the events that we list. However, we do provide contact details for the venues, plus links to other websites where you can purchase tickets in a safe and secure environment.