Sign up to your favourite band or venue website. Sometimes they have priority booking periods for fans, and send out ‘presale’ codes. They may also dish out discounted tickets in return for a small joining fee.
Sign up to newsletters from these ticketing outlets to find out when pre- and on sale tickets are released.
With Amazon Prime, your subscription will also now entitle you to exclusive access to Amazon Tickets pre-sales at least 24 hours before general sale. You can subscribe to Prime Live Events Notification Email
o2 Priority booking
o2 Priority gives customers priority booking for gigs at London’s o2 venue. If you or a mate has an o2 phone, just type in your mobile number to grab presale tickets.
Illustration: Beat the touts; hobbyist website that lists advance tour dates