Ever since Coldplay made record selling ticket sales in Singapore some years ago, it seems like the number of concerts held here has sky rocketed over the last few years. From John Mayer to Maroon 5 and a host of indie artists, there seems to be an unending line up of concerts!
The average concert ticket is going to set you back at least $200. Needless to say, attending ALL of them is sure to burn a big hole in your wallet especially if you don’t want lousy seats! So… does that mean you should just opt out? Will you have to watch your friends’ shaky recording on their insta-stories instead?
Here’s the thing — there are many smart ways you can save on tickets and enjoy the full experience of your favourite concerts without breaking the bank!
1. Be a volunteer usher
This is the best way to enjoy concerts for free, and with a great view too! Concerts are always in need of ushers, especially with increased security checks at the entrance. Depending on your responsibilities on the day of the concert, you might even have a pretty good view of the performance at the mosh pit!
That being said, you might be designated an area that has a terrible view of the performance as well — it’s a hit or miss. But you’ll still get to be part of the concert and hear it live without spending a single penny!
2. Keep your eyes peeled for giveaways
This method takes persistence and ample amount of research but still worth trying out — there’s nothing to lose anyway.
Throughout the year, there are all kinds of pre-concert promotions going on. Whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, or in Instagram, organisers are bound to publicise their concerts online. Searching for “Singapore concert giveaway” on Facebook and Google could yield some interesting results. It’s not easy scoring yourself free concert tickets for these giveaways but if you’re persistent enough, you might just win a pair for free.
3. Become a concert reviewer
This is going to take more effort on your part but if you’re passionate about music and you love sharing your views, this could be a great way for you to get free passes! Having your own blog and writing about your concert experiences can also be a fun side hustle. However, when you’re just starting out, you’ll have to buy your own concert tickets and build up a following first. Once your readership starts to grow to more than 1000, you can seek out organisers and get free access to concerts! You might even score yourself media invites to meet-and-greets!
4. Make use of credit card perks
Organisers often partner with a range of sponsors. If your bank happens to be one of the sponsors, you’ll likely enjoy discounts, rebates, and perhaps early bird bookings! Cards like the UOB YOLO card are designed for festival-loving millennials and entitle card holders to a range of promotions for special events. If you happen to go for concerts regularly, perhaps it’s a good idea to sign up for a card that gives you rewards when you spend on events and festivals.
Besides the UOB YOLO card, you can also consider signing up for the OCBC Arts card or the HSBC Revolution card.
Have you been eyeing on a few concerts this 2020? Unless you’re loaded with cash, going for a concert every month is definitely not the best way to spend your money. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up on concerts entirely. There are many ways you can enjoy discounts and freebies if you know where to look!