Few things are more frustrating to a music 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.
In 2008, Welsh indie-pop collaborative Los Campesinos! released their debut album Hold On Now, Youngster… Five more albums and 10 years later, the group decided to celebrate a decade together and bring that debut disc to life on stage. They’ll play The Sinclair on Thursday night. (Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $25; all ages; with Adult Mon; tickets available here)
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, soul singer Allen Stone saw his profile rise nationwide earlier this year when he was selected to open for the Goo Goo Dolls and Train on their summer tour. Now he’s back in Boston, headlining Royale the day after Thanksgiving. Don’t be a turkey; grab a ticket now — Varriale said they’re going fast. (Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $27-30; 18+; with Nick Waterhouse; tickets available here)
Snail Mail, the nom de record of songwriter Lindsey Jordan, has had quite the year. June saw the release of her debut album Lush, followed by a string of tour dates in rooms that kept getting bigger and bigger and even selling out. Case in point: She sold out one show at The Sinclair next month, so a second show has been added. It stands to reason that this one will sell out, too. (Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:45 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15-18; all ages; with Why Bonnie; tickets available here)
The Houston hip-hop superstar is having a stellar year touring in support of his third album, Astroworld, which was released back in August. Tickets for his TD Garden show in December are moving fast, with lots available in the balcony, but not as many in the lower sections, according to Gillis. In other words: Don’t wait until next month to snag a pair if you want the best-available seats. (Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $118-129+; all ages; tickets available here)
Mumford & Sons
Back in 2010, when Mumford & Sons released their debut album Sigh No More, you might have been lucky enough to see the British folk act play their first Boston-area gig at the Middle East in Cambridge. Now, they’re headlining the Garden. Gillis said it’s no surprise these tickets are going fast. The only surprise is that they’re not sold out yet. (Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $59-99+; all ages; tickets available here)