10 Boston concerts that are close to selling out

From Bastille to Banks.

Boston, MA -- 05/25/14 -- Bastille performed at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014.   (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe).
Bastille performs at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25, 2014. –Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe

Do you ever assume you can wait to get tickets at the door to your favorite shows, only to find that they already sold out? We consulted promoters from different venues around town—Alex Pickert of Coach & Sons Olde Time Family Booking, Andie Rizzolo of Crossroads Presents, Jared Dobson of Bowery Boston, and Ryan Agate of RTT Presents—to warn you about which Boston concerts are running low on tickets. If you snooze this time, don’t say we never told you so.

Yacht Rock Revue
You’d be hard-pressed to find any opportunity to hear the music of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates, and the rest of your favorite light-rock favorites of the ‘70s and ‘80s all on one stage—that is, unless you check out Yacht Rock Revue at The Sinclair. The touring tribute act has already sold out its early show the same night, so move quickly if you want to get into the late one. (Saturday, March 25 at 10 p.m.; The Sinclair; $22; 18+; tickets available here)


Beans on Toast
According to O’Brien’s booker Ryan Agate, tickets are going quickly for this stacked folk punk bill. “Beans on Toast is from the U.K., and it’s a return to O’Brien’s after a few years of playing other venues,” Agate said. “We’re stoked. I’m stoked anyway.” (Thursday, March 23 at 8 p.m.; O’Brien’s Pub; $12; 21+; with The Old Edison, Troll 2, Miketon & The Nightblinders; tickets available here)

British quintet Bastille has experienced a rapid rise to stardom since the release of its debut album, Bad Blood, in 2013. Now, the band is returning to play Boston for the first time since the release of its sophomore effort, Wild World. While the Agganis is the band’s largest local venue to date, it’s proving to be no match for Bastille’s growing fan base. (Monday, March 27 at 8 p.m.; Agganis Arena; $26.50-$41.50; all ages; with Mondo Cozmo; tickets available here)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Bowery Boston and local promoter Illegally Blind are teaming up to bring back Australian psychedelic group King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. It was only a few short years ago that the band supported on bills at Great Scott. This quick rise in popularity is likely why tickets are limited to see the group play at a much larger venue. (Sunday, April 2 at 7 p.m.; Royale; $22; 18+; with Orb, Stonefield; tickets available here)


It’s been almost two years since West Coast hip-hop youngster Kyle dropped an album. The success of December’s single, “iSpy,” featuring buzzy rapper Lil Yachty, however, has created quite the demand for Kyle’s headlining show at The Paradise. Act fast if you want to find your way in. (Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $18; all ages; with Brick; tickets available here)

Biffy Clyro
Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro hasn’t toured the States extensively since 2013, and the band’s last Boston show was at TD Garden opening for Muse. It’s no wonder, then, that the group’s show at the much more intimate Paradise supporting a new album, Ellipsis, is filling up quickly. (Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $25; all ages; with O’Brother; tickets available here)

Lil Peep
Pennsylvania cloud-rapper Lil Peep has put out eight mixtapes since 2015, but it’s been the most recent ones that have brought him the most success. Music publication Pitchfork even called him “the future of emo” after the release of last month’s Castles II. His rapid rise will be enough to pack Sonia, especially because it’s one of the brand-new venue’s first scheduled shows. (Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m.; Sonia; $15; all ages; tickets available here)

Mick Jenkins
Long before the release of his debut album, The Healing Component, Chicago-based lyricist Mick Jenkins was collaborating with Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Noname, and many others. Since the album’s September release, however, the artist has seen success with singles “Spread Love” and “Drowning,” which may explain why his Middle East Show in late April is already selling out quickly. (Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs; $20; all ages; tickets available here)


The Damned
Forty years after the band’s formation, legendary London punk crew The Damned is touring to celebrate the milestone. With a new album on the way, it will be the band’s first time touring extensively since 2008, so demand is high to see The Damned play in such a small setting. (Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club; $25; all ages; with The Bellrays; tickets available here)  

West Coast pop songwriter Banks is in the middle of her international The Altar Tour and will bring it to Royale on June 6. It’s the singer’s first stop in Boston since the release of her latest album of the same name in September. Royale is Banks’s largest headlining gig in Boston thus far, but she’s selling it quickly, likely due to the success of four different singles over the past year. (Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.; Royale; $33; 18+; tickets available here)

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