Die-hard music lovers will travel far and wide to follow their favorite artists and bands. My mum's best friend has been to 17 Bon Jovi gigs in 13 different cities, in 3 different countries. Yes 17. YES, Bon Jovi ! I know, I know!
It seems some folks will do just about anything to get them to the gig.
These days, owning a smartphone makes that task about a zillion times easier. Never again will you miss a show or get duped out of money for fake tickets bought in desperation from a tout outside the arena.
With this hot selection of event apps, music fans needn't gamble on securing the hottest gig, festival and concert tickets any more. Find out about tour dates as soon as they're announced, purchase tickets, use your phone to get you into the gig, and bag yourself last-minute entries to sold-out shows.
Bandsintown keeps you up to date on all the live music events that are heading your way, and track your favorite touring artists. You can create a personalized calendar for the events you are interested in and the app will even try to suggest music events that you might be interested in, based on your preferences. Being able to RSVP and share with your friends what shows you are going to is a great touch too.
If you live for music, then your worst case scenario would probably be finding out your favorite artist or band game through town and you missed the gig! Songkick cleverly links you up with the concerts you're likely to be interested in, and notifies you of upcoming concerts as soon as an artist announces tour dates near you. The design is slick and attractive and it lets you import your artists from Last.fm and Pandora.
The brilliant UK-based DICE app lets you buy tickets to the best gigs in town with absolutely no booking fees. Tickets are linked to the device they’re purchased on, so they're 100% tout proof too. Gig you wanted to see sold out? Jump on the "Waiting List" to be kept up-to-date as new tickets become available for sold out shows. Can’t make a gig you’ve purchased tickets for? No problem, you can return unwanted tickets back to DICE for a full refund.
Ticketmaster is the king of concerts, events, gigs, and shows the world over. The official app makes bagging tickets for events near you easier than ever. It's so much quicker to buy tickets thorugh the app than on the website, and you can also breeze your way through the doors by verifying your entry with digital tickets in the app
SeatGeek helps you get hold of concert tickets when you can’t find them anywhere else. Instead of selling tickets directly, it scours the internet for tickets that are available and rates them based on color so you can always get the best deal. The app also as a marketplace for users to buy and sell unwanted tickets (SeatGeek takes a 15% cut from sales).
StubHub is a platform that helps you discover upcoming events around you, manage your bookings, and purchase and re-sell tickets in case you don't need them at the last minute. This groovy app also detects your location automatically in order to list all the events and places nearby that are worth your time and money. Apple Watch, Apple Wallet, and Apple Pay support just make it even cooler and more useful.
If you're stuck for inspiration and fancy something a bit different, YPlan is your go-to event app. Every day it offers a curated listed of 10 events and activities happening tonight, from big concerts and festivals, to the quirkiest underground events you would never have found on your own. Book in 2 taps, and checkout with credit/debit card, Apple Pay, PayPal or card.io.