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Buying Musical Festival Tickets - Beware of Fees

Scoring tickets to the best music festivals at the lowest prices can be tricky, especially since tickets for summer music festivals normally go on sale in the winter. If and when the tickets or passes sell out, the most affordable music festival tickets are going to be from marketplaces that do not charge any service fees. TickPick shows all-in pricing for all events, including upcoming music festivals. TickPick only charges sellers a 10% commission, and no additional fees to buyers. Other marketplaces may charge anywhere from 10-20% in additional fees, which are normally added to the total price after you reach the checkout page. So if you are price shopping for summer music festivals, make sure you reach the checkout page for the most accurate pricing.

Tips for Buying Resale Music Festival Tickets

Getting music festival tickets at face value isn't as a big of challenge as you would think. The most difficult part is knowing when the tickets go on sale. For most summer music festivals, tickets go on sale 4-6 months prior to the start of the event. If it is one of the top music festivals, then tickets are likely to sell out very quickly. If the festival is less popular, tickets may be available for several weeks at face value. We'll outline all the scenarios for you here to help you securemusic festival tickets at a fair price.

A.) Buying Sold out Festival Tickets

If you are interested in buying tickets to one of best music festivals, chances are the tickets are going to sell out in minutes. If you miss out on this rush to buy tickets, you can head to resale ticket sites which will have tickets that will still be reasonably priced for a few hours. After that, ticket prices will increase until the festival is about a month or so away. At this time tickets begin selling fairly quickly again. It inventory levels remain high, ticket prices can drop to near face value a week or two before the event.

B.) Popular Festival, but Not Sold Out

In some cases festivals will not sell out, but tickets will be available on resale marketplaces. There are two ways you can play this. The riskier option is wait until a few weeks before the festival to buy tickets from a resale site, when ticket prices may be below face value due to decreased demand. The safer option would be to purchase tickets at face value before the event officially sells out.

C.) Not Sold Out / Last Minute Festival Tickets

Buying music festival tickets last minute isn't always possible, since many require planning and travelling. However for festivals that don't sell out, this is your best option. You will very likely secure tickets below face value. If you are going this route, you should aim to purchase tickets around three days prior to the event when inventory levels are still high.
Note: Not all ticket prices will decrease as the event approaches and some of the most desired music festivals will increase in price. Thus if the concert you are looking to attend is a must, you should buy your music fest tickets as soon as you find something you like.

Are VIP Music Festival Tickets Worth It?

Unfortunately there isn't a clear cut answer to this question. For some music festivals, the VIP tickets are absolutely worth it but in other cases they may not be. Check out our post on VIP Festival Tickets for more information.

Bid on Music Festival Tickets

Another great way to get music festival tickets at a reasonable price is through TickPick's innovative bidding platform. By bidding on tickets you are able to name your price for tickets to any upcoming music festival. If ticket prices drop near your asking price sellers will be able to sell their tickets to you at your asking price. When you are going through the bidding process, we will tell you how likely it is that your bid is hit, and you are able to tell us how long you would like the bid to be active for. Learn more about bidding for music festival tickets.
Have any questions about buying festival tickets? We'd love to help. Feel free to call us at 845-538-4567 or submit a request here.
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