CHEAP TICKETS FOR CONCERTS IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
Even at the Opera House!
Where to find discount concert tickets in Sydney Australia. How you can get super cheap tickets for concerts, even Sydney Opera House tickets.
It can be expensive to buy tickets for concerts in Sydney, except for student rush tickets.
Still, there are ways to keep your wallet happy. Here’s what to try:
Last Minute Discount Concert Tickets
Lasttix specialises in last minute theatre tickets, half price tickets and discount tickets to musicals, comedy, live concerts and more.
It regularly offers ‘2 for 1’ discount concert tickets.
Venues include the State and Capitol Theatres, two Sydney gems.
Outlets: Online bookings only
Cheap Concert Tickets for Under 30’s
If you’re under 30 or a full-time student you will often do better going directly to the venue you’re interested in. Many offer special deals for under 30’s and they often have rush concert tickets for students. Sales of these super cheap tickets typically open either one hour or half an hour before the start of the performance.
Youth discount concert tickets are offered by most theatre companies, including the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Street theatre and Bell Shakespeare.
And Under 30’s tickets at cheap prices are also available from:
Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO)
Musica Viva (for chamber orchestra music)
Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO)
Australian String Quartet
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (period instruments)
And there are more – ask for them.
Buy Discount Concert Tickets Online
So you’ve passed that magic 30 year milestone. Cheer up! You can still get concert tickets for cheap prices.
Look for previews. Anything that’s not a one-off will probably have several preview performances right at the start of the run. Not only will you save money, you’ll be the first to be able to talk about the new ‘hot’ show.
Everyone offers online deals. Everyone. The trick here is to go direct to the source. Cut out the middle man.
Concert and theatre websites want subscribers. That’s how they sell tickets. They want you to sign up and they’ll reward you with regular or occasional discount concert tickets in return for reading their newsletters.
Take, for example, the City Recital Hall. They offer quite a few really cheap concert tickets, especially for classical chamber music.
So subscribe. I’m signed up to lots of these newsletters and I haven’t been bothered with spam or unwanted offers.They’re pretty ethical. And you’ll get to see what’s on in Sydney while you’re finding your discount concert tickets.
Cheap Sydney Opera House Tickets
Another great example – the Sydney Opera House. Not their ‘What’s On’, although that’s good too. No, the cheapest concert tickets price will often come from their free subscription. Subscriber offers and priority bookings often pop up there.
And it’s not just classical music. Listen to jazz, comedy or even rock. See dance and cabaret. Or join local and international talking heads (not the group) grappling with dangerous ideas. All for much less than if you were to front up to the box office.
But if you are fronting up to the box office and you want to see an actual opera at the Opera House, here are some tried and tested ways of getting the cheapest tickets. Even when the opera is nominally sold out.
Concert tickets aren’t always released in advance.
The very cheapest tickets in the Joan Sutherland Theatre are for standing room. There aren’t many of them and they’re on sale only on the day of the performance.
All around the world opera houses let people with standing room tickets sit in seats that are still free when the lights go down at the start of the opera. It’s almost unheard of not to have empty seats dotted around. So it’s highly unlikely that you will actually stand for the performance, although it’s theoretically possible.
The Sydney Opera House also has discount concert tickets for seats that it doesn’t sell until the day of the performance. These include many seats with limited views of the stage. Limited views can mean that you see very little, or it can be no more than having a small corner of the stage cut off. And producers are very careful not to have important action happening in these blind spots.
Sydney Opera House Information: Point Seats
The best of the limited view seats are the point seats.
The Joan Sutherland Theatre has boxes jutting out on both sides of the circle, forming the sides of a zig zag horseshoe or “U” shape from the circle seats, in the middle, to the stage.
The seats that are on the ‘point’ of each of these zig zags get a very nice view of almost all of the stage. As you go in from the point your viewing angle worsens.
Have a look at the photo of the interior of the Joan Sutherland theatre above and you’ll see the U shape with the point seats above and to the side of the stalls. The further back you can get your point seat the better, especially if you want to read the surtitles.
You won’t be able to read surtitles at all from the very front (true of all front row seats in the Opera House in Sydney) and you’ll need to crane your neck a bit to read them until you’re a few rows back. After that it’s perfect.
Cheapest Concert Hall Tickets
There are no standing room tickets in the Concert Hall. The cheapest discount concert tickets there are the orchestra seats. These are seats behind the orchestra, so that you are facing the bulk of the audience. They’re ok if you just shut your eyes and listen, or if you want to focus on the conductor, but its not really much fun watching people’s backs while they play.
In the concert hall I prefer the side sections almost over the stage. That gives you a side-on, birds-eye, close up view. They’re still very cheap seats. I like them for the intimacy you get with the players – facial expressions, little nods and grunts, sweat on the brow – nothing’s hidden from you. I often find them more satisfying than the best seats up front.
Really Cheap Concert Tickets – Sydney Festival
January is Sydney Festival time, with a huge array of concerts and shows. But Sydney Festival tickets sell out very quickly. You’ve almost no chance of picking up a ticket to the more popular shows after the first day or two following their release.
Here’s the good news. Not only is there lots that’s free (can’t get cheaper than that) but there is a Tix for Next to Nix booth (during the festival only) which sells severely discounted tickets to many (most?) of the shows.
In 2018, the Tix for Next to Nix booth will be located at World Square, 644 George Street. Tickets for the next day’s shows can be purchased between 1730-1830 (5.30pm–6.30pm) Monday to Saturday. Tickets for Monday performances are sold on Saturday.
Tix for Next to Nix will cost you just AUD $26 each.
There is a limit of two tickets per person per day and payment is by credit card or eftpos only.
You have to go in person, there are no internet sales.
It’s the biggest bargain of the Sydney Festival.
Here’s a tip: the queues for these tickets get longer as the festival goes on.
So, if you have a choice of dates, go early in the festival rather than late. If it’s later in the show’s run then get to the queue early.
Once the daily release of discount concert tickets is sold, that’s it.
More Discount Concert, Theatre and Show Tickets
For theatre tickets year-round, the STC Suncorp Twenties lets you buy up to two tickets to the then current Sydney Theatre Company production at AUD $20 per ticket. Tickets go on sale at 0900 (9 am) every Thursday morning for the following week’s shows. You will need to register before you can buy tickets, either online (best) or over the phone.
If it’s September then look at the Sydney Fringe Festival for a month-long program of cheap tickets to a huge range of events. There’s lots of free stuff, too.