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Offline thetak111

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Ticket buying advice
« on: August 22, 2010, 11:00:28 PM »
For my first U2 show I'm really worried about missing out on tickets. Should I line up at the booth, and how early? Or buy online, at risk of the site crashing?

And I'm going up by plane on the day. If the flight is postponed and I miss the show, what happens?



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Re: Ticket buying advice
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010, 11:20:47 PM »
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For my first U2 show I'm really worried about missing out on tickets. Should I line up at the booth, and how early? Or buy online, at risk of the site crashing?

U2.com membership is the safest bet to getting the tickets you want. That only works online.

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And I'm going up by plane on the day. If the flight is postponed and I miss the show, what happens?

You don't really have a leg to stand on there. You won't get a ticket refund, you won't get compensation from the airline. Just book an early flight...

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Re: Ticket buying advice
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010, 12:04:07 AM »
briscoetheque, is U2.com best for Red Zone too? I've only got Magnificent status - having subscribed at the beginning of the year.  Should I renew and get the next level (whatever that is)?  I was hoping my sub would be good for something...

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010, 12:55:30 AM »
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briscoetheque, is U2.com best for Red Zone too? I've only got Magnificent status - having subscribed at the beginning of the year.  Should I renew and get the next level (whatever that is)?  I was hoping my sub would be good for something...

No, you won't get to the next level by renewing. If you have your pre-sale code, and your account is not due to expire, stick with that.

RedZones will be sold thru the ticket agents and are $350 a pop.

Personally, I think that's robbery but others like them.

Stick with your u2.com m'ship. You should be OK with that.

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Re: Ticket buying advice
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010, 02:06:11 AM »
Have they already established the Red Zone prices? In the US they were auctions and varied from venue to venue. I'd never have paid $350.
I agree you don't get them through the pre-sale, but from the regular ticket outlet.

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2010, 03:10:24 AM »
Signing up to U2.com isn't really an option for me. I've already gotta pay for the flight up and the show ticket.

How much are they? Which ones are $40?

Oh yea I can't really leave any earlier coz I've got school exams  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

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Re: Ticket buying advice
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2010, 11:28:17 AM »
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Have they already established the Red Zone prices? In the US they were auctions and varied from venue to venue. I'd never have paid $350.
I agree you don't get them through the pre-sale, but from the regular ticket outlet.

I'm curious about this too. I can't find anything on ticketmaster or ticketek which explains the Red Zone ticket buying process. Whether the tickets are are a set price (& if so, how much), or whether the tickets will be auctioned. I'm hoping for an auction, RZ's can be great value for lower demand shows, like city's 2nd shows. In the US some tickets were auctioned for $120 (well under half the price of a premium ticket with fees, & just below double the price of a GA). Great for weekday shows where lining up in GA for much of the day isn't an option for some people.
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Re: Ticket buying advice
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2010, 08:38:32 PM »
Sorry, gave you some dud info... Red Zones will apparently be auctioned.

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Re: Ticket buying advice
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2010, 09:13:03 PM »
Hello, I got GA for all three Dublin shows on Vertigo, two using presale codes and the third because a friend gave a heads up on the annoucement. They annouced the date and it went on sale at the same time. Good luck

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Re: Ticket buying advice
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2010, 12:49:46 AM »
what's the red zone?

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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2010, 12:59:40 AM »
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what's the red zone?

Where the communists have to stand.

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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2010, 01:05:56 AM »
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what's the red zone?

Where the communists have to stand.

well i voted green then socialist alliance so i'm sure to get in!

seriously tho it sounds like something special. is it?

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Re: Ticket buying advice
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2010, 01:16:24 AM »
Wow!

Is it always this mad when pre-sale is getting closer? :o  ???
People at U2.com are going just crazy and stressed over the tickets!

Please calm down people - you'll get a heart attack soon!   ;)



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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2010, 01:23:43 AM »
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Wow!

Is it always this mad when pre-sale is getting closer? :o  ???
People at U2.com are going just crazy and stressed over the tickets!

Please calm down people - you'll get a heart attack soon!   ;)


Exactly. People think that having info now gets them to the head of the queue.

it's why I try to avoid the hideous Zootopia.

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Re: Ticket buying advice
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2010, 01:30:44 AM »
Soapit,
There's got to be a Red Zone thread in the archives somewhere that'll answer a lot of questions. But to be brief, it's the area between the legs on the side of the stage, outside the pit on the rail. The tickets are auctioned off and the proceeds the band would otherwise get goes to Project (Red), Bono's charity fighting AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa. There is a small concession stand for food and drink, portapotties and a tee shirt stand exclusively for the Red Zone folks, and seats mounted along the back for use before the show.
I did it last year and LOVED it, but then I'm short (5'4") and have Fibromyalgia so standing in the GA line is awful. This meant a relatively short wait (4 pm) to get rail. I was on Adam's side and had a great view of the whole show in Chicago. If I could afford to, I'd go Red Zone every time.
You also have the option of going into the pit if you wish, but that made little sense to me as the RZ folks were let in at the same time as GA and you'd be better off just getting a GA ticket if you wanted to be there. The pit is so big that even people who got there relatively late got in.

Some shows were VERY expensive, over $300. I got lucky that Chicago 2 was 'only' $160. You do have to be on your toes when bidding, and make sure you can be online for the end of it. The prices can raise quickly, but you don't want to make a high bid and leave as that raises the price, defeating your purpose.

So much for being brief... :-\