5 live shows that are about to sell out

They're all coming up pretty soon.

Justin Timberlake Super Bowl halftime
Justin Timberlake performs during halftime of the Super Bowl 52 football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots on Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. –Matt Slocum / AP

Few things are more frustrating to an entertainment fan than hearing that a favorite act is coming to town, only to find out that the show is sold out. We’re here to help you avoid that pitfall — and the overpriced secondary ticket market — by consulting local experts like Bridget Gillis of Live Nation and Christine Varriale of Bowery Boston. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.

Justin Timberlake

Back in February, Justin Timberlake cut his hair, grew out his beard, threw on a flannel shirt, and debuted his new album, “Man of the Woods.” Now it’s our turn to throw on our own flannels and see the man himself at the Garden on a brisk October night. Gillis pointed out that most of the seats left are in the balcony, but there are a few loge tickets available as well. (Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $55-$275; all ages; tickets available here)

Chris Gethard


The actor and comedian has had an eventful 2018, wrapping up a seven-year run of his “Chris Gethard Show” and producing new episodes of his podcast “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People.” Varriale said tickets for the “Broad City” star’s Lose Well Tour are going fast, so act now, as the show is happening this week. (Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:15 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $22-$35; 18+; with Carmen Christopher, Rob Crean; tickets available here)


This California-by-way-of-Texas rap collective is currently rolling 14 members strong. Fresh off the release of its fourth studio album, “Iridescence,” last month, it will bring its live show to Agganis Arena this weekend, and Gillis said you still have a shot at getting some pretty good tickets if you pick them up quickly. (Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m.; Agganis Arena, Boston; $41; 18+; tickets available here)


This legendary alt-rock group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough sophomore album, “Version 2.0,” so expect some vintage late-’90s sights and sounds served up by frontwoman and Supervixen Shirley Manson. Gilis said that mezzanine and balcony tickets are down to the double-digits, and floor seats are starting to sell fast, too. (Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.; House Of Blues, Boston; $42-$62; 18+; with Rituals Of Mine; tickets available here)

Violent Femmes


Another legendary alternative act will come to town as October comes to a close. The Milwaukee trio debuted in 1980, so they’ll have a deep well of hits and album cuts to draw from when they play Royale on the 30th. Varriale said you shouldn’t wait until the end of the month to get your tickets, though — they might be gone by then. (Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $35-$59.50; 18+; with Your Smith; tickets available here)