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March 17th, 2009

Ticket question @ 12:02 am

Hey! Im new at the whole getting tickets for U2 thing, all of their previous tours I didnt even try getting tickets because I wouldnt have been able to go. This time I am really hoping to go though, to either New York or Boston, and I was wondering how hard its going to be to get tickets. Im not a member on the u2 site so I dont have a chance at the presale, and was wondering: 1. If I should sign up for it so i can get a chance at the presale, or is it too late for that. 2. If i dont, do you think i would still be able to get tickets. and 3. what site do they usually use to sell tickets on, oh yes and 4. what time do tickets go on sale? Thanks a ton for anyone who can help, im sure im not the only one out there freaking out about being able to get U2 tickets. : )
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Date:March 17th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
1. I asked this a few days ago and received no clear answer (and I have not had time to e-mail the website for answers)
2. Yes, if you are lucky
3. Ticketmaster
4. Varies from city to city, check their website

In the past, U2 tickets have sold out INCREDIBLY fast.  "Under fifteen minutes" fast.  And that fifteen minutes?  Is usually a frustrating mix of busy signals or "this page cannot load", followed shortly by that fabulous "there are no more tickets available for this location" message.  Some people get lucky, some people don't.  This year there are far fewer concerts but the venues are much larger (stadiums instead of arenas), so it's hard to say if it will be easier, harder or about the same to get tickets.

If you aren't lucky enough to get tickets during the sale, watch the U2 message boards.  U2 fans are usually pretty good about selling at face value (and I know some boards will ban people seeking to make a profit).  If you can't find anything on the message boards, I would suggest waiting until a week or two before the concert and then searching eBay.  It may be a bit stressful to wait until the last minute, but you can find some really good deals that way.  (The last concert, I snagged $400+ worth of tickets for $150.)  If you do end up searching eBay, make absolutely certain you buy from someone offering hard-copy tickets, not an e-mailed version as the latter are often a scam.
Date:March 17th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
if you sign up today, you'll get your pre-sale code within one hour. You'll then be a part of the "Boots" pre-sale group, which gets into the pre-sale on day 3 -- still one day before the official sale starts.
So far, everyone of those belonging to the Boots group got their tickets for the shows they wanted to this day.
The next round of pre-sale has just started a few minutes ago. So, if you subscribe today, you'll be part of that the day after tomorrow.

Tickets go on sale at 10am local time of the venue. Pre-sale and offivial sale.

LiveNation is a place to go for all venues. Eventim as well. Always check u2.com and click on "Tours", there you get a direct link to the website where you can get tickets, pre-sale and offical sale.

Date:March 17th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
You can find a lot of answers to your question on the Official U2 website:
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Date:March 17th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
So I've been able to get general admission floor tickets for the last 2 tours during the normal ticketmaster sale(and actually did it for 2 seperate shows for elevation). In comparison I was not able to get fan club presale tickets i wanted for the last tour. That being said I did join the fan club again for this tour (i'm in the middle group)

As for getting tickets in general what you want to do is get to the website a couple minutes before the start time and keep hitting refresh waiting for the site to open. The faster the internet connection you have the better for this. Now for the last tour as venues sold out they would open up a second date (this is actually how i got my tickets). So if you finally get through and are told there are no tickets available go back to the home page and start refreshing again to see if a second date appears. Lastly the more people you can recruit to the refresh pushing attack the better.
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Date:March 17th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, someone just recently posted that they signed up for the website after March 9 and still got a "Boots" code, which would allow you a shot at the presale one day before the general sale.

Do you need a presale code? I don't know. I don't mean to spread misinformation, but I read somewhere that for U2, along with many other artists, not all tickets are released on the general sale date, but that they're constantly dropped as to prevent scalping (why buy an overpriced ticket when you can still get one directly from TM?). Now, as I said before, I don't know if this is true: someone posted this on the U2.com paid forum, saying that everyone he knew who didn't get a ticket the day of the sale and tried to get a ticket later, did.

There's also the fact that stadiums are much larger than arenas, and would (in theory) take longer to sell out.

That being said, last tour I got most of my tickets through the presale, and probably will again this time. I'm really excited, but I don't think I could say I'm freaking out :D

Best of luck :D
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Date:March 17th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
I was just about to write a similar post. :) Never ordered any tickets online and desperate to not to mess up this thing.

I've been thinking about joining U2.com for a long time but finally gave in like an hour ago and bought it. If there's anything that's going to help me to get the tickets I'm doing it.

But there's something I don't quite understand.. I somehow thought that i would be (pretty much) guaranteed to get tickets via presale but quite a lot of people are saying that they didn't get tickets. So how does the code actually work? What I thought was that I would enter the code, choose the venue and then see a list of the tickets available, I would then choose the tickets and then buy then if they are available, if not try other tickets in the same venue. But do i only get one go? Say I try to get a GA ticket (which seem to sell the fastest) and I then get some message saying there no GA tickets left (apparently only 10% of the GA tickets are in the presale?) - does it mean I've used my code and that's it? I can't go back and try with some other tickets?
Because if that's the case I'm starting to think I shouldn't even bother with GA tickets but go for something "safe".

I don't know if that made any sense but I would be very grateful if someone understood what I meant and could help.
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Date:March 18th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
The U2 tour is now up at live nation: http://www.livenation.com/artist/u2-tickets.

What kind of experience have people had using this site? Ive never even heard of it, much less used it before.

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