Back in the day, I was the go to guy for tickets. I’d hear who was coming to town, solicit interest, collect money or even fund on trust and then hoof it into town to buy the tickets.
5,10, 15 at a time.
Things got really out of hand for the Doobie Brothers. Ya see, I don’t like the Doobies so I wasn’t going to go, but here I was with a wad of cash to buy tickets for mates. I managed to lose the money en route and ended up having to reimburse everyone. Ended up about $300 bucks out of pocket.
This was back in the day of lining up and selecting your tickets. Arguably things are a lot easier with online booking. There are still dark arts associated with which internet platform or app you use or lining up at a little-used ticket selling outlet to beat the gridlock. But ultimately it comes down to the number of tickets you are getting. Simple -the more you buy the further you are back almost always as they skate away before your eyes.
The other day I was in the presale (I’m assuming these are used everywhere, not just Oz) for Bob Dylan. I had phone, ipad and laptop fired up and got on in 30 seconds. I got 2 tickets that appear to be row V in the back block of the ground floor. Pretty bloody ordinary methinks. 30 seconds in and only 2 tickets, not exactly a group booking.
A second show went on sale today and I wanted one ticket. For some reason, I got on late -11 minutes after opening but as I only wanted 1 ticket I got 5 rows from the front. Obviously, there are all these gaps that need to be filled.
I’ve suggested to Mrs Wells that in future I should just get 2 single tickets- see you at the end of the show after we enjoy the show from our equally excellent seats. So far she doesn’t seem too enamoured of the idea. From my side, it ticks all the boxes. Great seat, my partner doesn’t go unless they really want to go, savings on tickets, dinner and, importantly, I can’t help feeling responsible for the performance if I suggest we go to a gig. Dylan in his indecipherable phase – awkward. I’m apologising whereas I can take stuff out of the show coz I’m a Bobcat. Person with a boofhead in front? I’m going to offer to switch places so my partner can see and then be pissed that I can’t see coz of the boofhead in front of me.
Single tickets rule