Aussie live music fan shares her cheeky hack for upgrading to better seats for FREE at a concert – but not everyone is on board with the idea
- A woman has shared her sneaky tip for nabbing better seats for free at concerts
- Caller Lily revealed the hack to co-hosts Fitzy and Wippa on their radio show
- She said when tickets are released she buys the cheapest seats available
- Then on the day of the concert checks the seat map on the ticket agent website
- The venue map will show which seats are available and have not been purchased
- She said once in the venue, she moves to the seats she knows won’t be occupied
An Australian live music fan has shared her sneaky hack for nabbing better seats at a concert.
Talking to national radio hosts Fitzy and Wippa, caller Lily said she buys the cheapest tickets then checks on the ticketing website right before the event to see which seats are still available.
Once she arrives at the venue she then moves to those vacant seats.
While many listeners were keen on the hack others warned against seat switching saying it can be unfair to artists and people who paid full price for their ticket.
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An Australian woman has shared a sneaky hack to get better seats at a concert completely for free – but it’s not exactly above board
Calling in to Fitzy and Wippa, Lily explained: ‘If you have an event coming up you just buy like the cheapest tickets you can buy.’
She then said to go on the seat map on a ticket distributor’s website to see if there are better seats than your that have not been purchased.
‘If they’re better than yours and no one shows up to sit in those seats then you can sit there and no one’s going to check,’ she said.
‘So you’re not buying again you just know where no one will be sitting,’ Wippa clarified as both hosts were clearly impressed by the tip.
Lily’s concert seat hack was shared to Fitzy and Wippa’s popular TikTok page and drew in thousands of views and comments from people who have tried the trick for themselves.
‘Been doing this for years! I even moved seats at half time so that I could see my daughter better during the second half of the arena spectacular!’ one viewer admitted.
‘I do this all the time! The trick is you have to look like you know where you’re going. I’ve never been caught,’ advised another.
‘Why would you expose my secret hack?!’ another exclaimed.
Talking to radio hosts Fitzy and Wippa, Lily said she buys the cheapest tickets, checks on the website before the event to see which seats are still available and once at the venue moves to those vacant seats
Others were sceptical as to whether a simple seat switch would work as many venues are separated into sections while others though it was unfair to the artist and people who paid full-price.
‘This could work occasionally, but usually there are staff checking tickets before you entering the various sections of a venue,’ one person wrote.
‘If it’s a really good seat you have different passes or wrist bands,’ a second pointed out.
Some listeners responded saying they have tried the hack for themselves before while other were sceptical as to whether a simple seat switch would work
‘People like this ruin it for the people who actually spend the money,’ one woman complained.
‘Yeah, maybe just buy the tickets and support the entertainment industry after everything that’s happened with Covid,’ another viewer commented.
The practice is often referred to as ‘seat poaching’ but checking the ticketing agent’s website ensures you won’t be stealing another patron’s paid-for seat.
It is a risky hack discouraged by most venues and may land you in hot water with security or ushers.