7 Boston concerts that are close to selling out

Don’t sleep on these tickets if you want to get into the show.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Borrat/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9767291a)
Sting and Shaggy
Sting and Shaggy in concert, Palafrugell (Girona), Spain - 21 Jul 2018
British singer Sting (L) and Jamaican Shaggy (R) perform on stage during the Cap Roig's concert introducing their last album '44/876' played in Palafruguell, Girona, Spain, 21 July 2018.
Sting and Shaggy in concert in Palafrugell, Girona, Spain on July 21, 2018. –David Borrat/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

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 — Christine Varriale of Bowery Boston, Bridget Gillis of Crossroads Presents, 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.

Billy Joel
The Piano Man at Fenway has become something of a summer staple here in Boston, with Joel returning for his fifth consecutive year this month. Always a hot ticket, Gillis said this show is nearing a sellout in advance. (Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $159.50; all ages; tickets available here)


Kal Marks, Clearance, Bike Thiefs, Earthquake Party
It’s a team effort that’s making this show so in-demand. Local favorite Kal Marks, fresh off a new album “Universal Care,” will lead a bill featuring buzzed-about garage rock quartet Clearance, Canadian punk group Bike Thiefs, and Boston vet band Earthquake Party. All forces combined are making it so tickets are scarce, according to Agate. (Sunday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.; O’Brien’s Pub, Boston; $8; 18+; tickets available here)

It’s been a few years since West Coast punk group Tacocat put out a major release, but with over a decade of tunes fueling them, the quartet has built up quite the following. That, along with the additions of local favorites Gymshorts and Leopard Print Taser, has tickets going quickly at the modest-sized Great Scott, according to Varriale. (Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 9:30 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $15; 18+; with Gymshorts, Leopard Print Taser; tickets available here)

Ra Ra Riot
Energetic upstate New Yorker group Ra Ra Riot is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its standout debut album, “The Rhumb Line.” The opportunity to witness fan favorites on the live stage has tickets in high demand, and Varriale predicted that the show will sell out in advance. (Thursday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $25; 18+; tickets available here)


5 Seconds of Summer
Australian pop rock heartthrob band 5 Seconds of Summer is touring behind its third record, June’s “Youngblood,” the title track of which has seen enormous success in recent months. A mix of new material and an already rabid fanbase has space running out at the Blue Hills Banks Pavilion, according to Gillis. (Thursday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston; $35-$69; all ages; with The Aces; tickets available here)

The Jesus Lizard
The pioneering noise rock vets behind The Jesus Lizard broke up almost 20 years ago, but have recently reunited and started touring again. The band’s influence has only increased over time, which might explain why, according to Varriale, its show at Royale is close to selling out almost a month in advance. (Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $32-$35; 18+; with All Souls; tickets available here)

Jesus Lizard in concert at Lollapalooza ’95. —The Boston Globe

Sting and Shaggy
They may be an unlikely pair, but they’ve already performed together at the Grammys and scored a hit with “Don’t Make Me Wait.” Both have the recognition to fill a big room on their own, which is why it’s no surprise that Gillis said this show is filling up fast. (Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $105-$155; all ages; tickets available here)