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Rolling Stones anniversary concerts: 10 ways to get tickets

Published: October 19, 2012 | 6:50 am
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Tickets to the Rolling Stones’s concerts at London’s O2 Arena next month are on sale from 9am today. But how the Jumping Jack Flash do you get tickets? Bernadette McNulty comes up with a foolproof plan.

1) Splash the cash
If you are buying at this stage, it already means you’ve balked at the ‘pre-sale’ prices, which include limited edition ‘Brussels Affair Box Sets’ at £651 or hospitality packages with Michelin star dinners and promises of “champagne flowing all night”, at a mere £950 plus VAT.
Man up. The Rolling Stones do not do recession economics and neither do their fans. Prices start at over a hundred quid. If you want to buy a bit of this rock cake and you’re broke, it’s Wonga time. Or think about selling kidneys/eggs/children.
Also, American Express card owners get a head start. Surely we’re all over that annoying credit crunch/evil bankers/only buying things you can afford thing by now?

2) Sort out your internet connection
This is no time to be relying on dongles, dial-ups, or hanging out of the window with a coat hanger in one hand and an electric typewriter in another. Locate your nearest fibre optic broadband line now and get refreshing.

3) Get a gang
There is power in numbers if you want to snag in-demand tickets online. Get your club of four together (maximum ticket allowance) and see who gets lucky first.

4) Hit the phones
Quaintly old fashioned, but yes, you can ring up for tickets. This is obviously even more aggravating than trying to buy online. Wear ear plugs to block out the terrible music playing while you are on hold.

5) Queue up
Even more ‘last century’ but yes, if there are tickets left by midday, they will be on sale at the O2 box office.

6) Fly to America
While tickets for the two US gigs are likely to sell out as fast as the UK ones, Americans will be able to watch the gigs on pay-per-view TV.

7) Go to Glastonbury
While not confirmed, rumours abound that Micheal Eavis will finally fulfil his wish to see the band headline the West Country festival, and Keith Richards has said they would be up for it “on a good day, if the weather is fine.” No guarantees there then. Plus there is the small issue of Glastonbury already being completely sold-out. But there will be a resale of cancelled tickets next April, or if really desperate, you could volunteer for a spot of litter picking.

8) Get on the guest list
The line of liggers trying to get into these gigs is likely to be as long as the one for paying punters. If you can’t sneak in with the likes of Kate Moss, Marianne Faithful and Sir Phillip Green, try your hand at music journalism. No talent required.

9) Buy the greatest hits and recreate the gigs at home
Conjure up the magical intimacy of the O2, by cranking up the volume on the stereo and then sitting at the top of the stairs with a plastic cup full of warm beer while flicking the light switches on and off. If you have a pet or small child, make them dance at the bottom of the stairs and pretend they are Mick Jagger.

10) Don’t bother
The simplest and most effective method. While this may stem from the necessity of having none of the money, inclination or luck to get hold of any tickets, to persist with this stance requires a firm frame of mind. The greatest rock and roll band ever? Last chance to see them? Pah, you say with the snarl of John Lydon on your face. It’s only rock and roll.

Tickets to see the Rolling Stones at the O2 Arena in London on November 25 and 29 go on sale at 9am today. They are available from www.rollingstones.comwww.eventim.co.uk,www.seetickets.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Tickets can be bought over the phone via Ticketmaster on 0871 984 0002

telegraph.co.uk

 

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