1Join the fan club.
By the time you hear that your favorite band is coming to town, it’s already old news to their followers and fans who opted in to receive communications from the band. They got sent the presale code the moment the show was announced, giving them a chance to snag tickets before they go on sale to the general public. This is how we managed to snag tickets to Sofi Tukker at Red Rocks in April.
2Sign up for Seated.
Head to seated.com, enter your phone number, they’ll text you a code and then you’re in! Follow your favorite artists, tell them what city you’re in, and boom! They’ll text you presale info the moment any of the bands you’re following announce a concert in your area (and that’s the only time you’ll hear from them, they don’t spam). Thanks to Seated, we’ve got tix to see Rainbow Kitten Surprise in July.
3Be in the waiting room when tickets go on sale.
To weed out bots trying to snatch up all the tickets, AXS (Red Rocks’ exclusive ticket provider) uses a virtual waiting room system that randomly chooses fans to search for tickets once the clock strikes 10 a.m. Join the waiting room on all the devices, browsers, and AXS apps at your disposal to increase your chances.
4Go for the best.
When it’s go time, and you’ve gotta move quick. Don’t limit yourself to a specific ticket tier—”Best Available” casts the widest net for you to score tickets before they sell out.
5Don’t give up.
If you search for tickets and AXS replies “Oh no!” it doesn’t mean the show’s sold out, just that tickets aren’t currently available because they’re in people’s carts. If they’re not purchased in the allotted time, they’ll be rereleased, so keep trying! You’ve still got a chance, especially if you followed rules 1 and 2 and are trying for presale. It took us 87 clicks to land tix to The Head and the Heart, but we got em! Wishing you the same good fortune.