paperless tickets - or “will call” tickets - mean that no solid, paper tickets are mailed to you prior to an event. you have to pick them up at the box office the day of the show (the time of day depends on the venue - you’d have to ask them specifically). if you bought your tickets via waste, you’ll only need to bring your ID. if you bought your tickets through another source (specifically, ticketmaster), you’ll probably need the card used to make the purchase too. though often they won’t ask for it. but bring it just in case, and definitely bring the ID.
if you are looking for tickets to AFP shows:
- make a waste-central account. make it look like you’re a real person, at least. feel free to add me if you need some friends. when they add pages for each individual show (they don’t have em yet), leave a shout on the show page asking very nicely for a ticket. you might not get the area you want, but sometimes you gotta take what you can get. i have been most lucky on waste-central w/ after markets.
- if you have an account on atease, CONSTANTLY scope out the tickets thread (radiohead > live > tickets). i say constantly because tickets usually will not stay there long. feel free to make your own post asking for tickets, but you’re more likely to score by pickin’ em up from someone else.
- all tickets on waste-central and atease will be sold at face value.
- stubhub, ebay, craigslist (CG especially as the date draws nearer). a lot of these people will be scalpers but if you’re that desperate… keep in mind, though, you can get lucky with face value on craigslist, but almost never on stubhub or ebay.
- if you live in the area or will be in the area of the show, go down to the venue on the day anyway. ask around for tickets.
- for EVERY RADIOHEAD SHOW DURING THE LAST TOUR, tickets were made available on waste the day of the show. often times, you could go to the venue’s box office on the day and ask for extras and they would have them. i cannot say with certainty yet if that will happen this time around, but i would be willing to bet on it.
- if i see someone selling reasonably priced tickets for shows that people are looking for (which seems to be NY and CA), i will post about it here if i can. but you gotta be quick.
- ask your friends - this is actually the #1 way i have scored tickets for shows i originally missed out on. having friends is awesome.
- don’t give up!
this question might be irrelevant now, almost 2 months later (sorry, i just couldn’t get into my inbox) but whatever…
there were scalpers at a few shows, yeah, though not all of them. i notice as a general rule scalping is not as prevalent at radiohead shows as it can be elsewhere. for future reference, if you’re interested in buying scalper tickets for radiohead, you’re better off checking online at stubhub, ebay, or craigslist. but be prepared to drop a lot of cash.
they’re cheaper. not by an extreme amount, but cheaper none the less. ticketmaster add an extra $12 handling fee or some shit.
waste are generally more reliable in terms of customer service and are more likely to communicate with you. they’re not perfect, but ticketmaster are nothing but assholes.
paperless ticketmaster tickets (keep in mind that most, if not all, GA tickets are paperless) involve a process of electronic scanning that i don’t find very reliable. if you have purchased a paperless ticketmaster ticket, you have to show up to the venue with the credit card used to purchase them, and by scanning that card, you get in to the show. if you have purchased waste tickets, you only need to bring your ID and use that to pick the tickets up at their box office at a time prior to doors opening and that generally feels a little safer to me personally.
btw, if anyone ever tells you people with waste tickets get let in early, do not believe them. the only way that may happen again is if radiohead play in smaller venues again and ditch the arenas… so, honestly, the benefits are small overall but i find them worth it. i don’t wanna give my money to ticketmaster, anyway…
there’s no limit to when w.a.s.t.e. will release tickets - in fact at every single show this tour, tickets were made available the day of the show.
if you don’t want to take a chance on w.a.s.t.e., you could check stubhub, ebay, atease (the tickets sub-thread in the live thread), tickettrust, or the pages for the shows on waste-central. leave a shout on the show page asking for a ticket.
waste sell both seated tickets and general admission tickets. you need general admission tickets to get onto the floor because seated tickets are confined to whichever seat you happen to purchase. how early you want to line up depends on you.
i refreshed waste a lot. it is tricky because they don’t announce presale times but basically you have to stay up all night and never stop checking. that’s it, basically. if you have more questions please feel free to ask cos i will actually answer them
okay, so i did a bit of research for you, and unless the venue is stupid as fuck (which happens), you should only need the paper ticket. i wasn’t totally sure off the bat because i get all my radiohead tickets through w.a.s.t.e.
if you had a paperless ticketmaster ticket, you’d need to bring the credit card used AND frequently the ID of the person who bought the ticket. this seems to depend on the venue, though. however, you’re fine. if you want to be 100% sure, call the venue. tell them you have a paper ticket from ticketmaster in hand and tell them if it’s a seat or pit/GA. ask them what their process is for dealing with that type of ticket and they should tell you exactly what to do, where to go, and exactly what you’ll need. but i’m pretty positive you’ll only need that ticket. does this help?
i haven’t bought radiohead tickets through ticketmaster, uh, ever, but as far as i understand that is standard for ticketmaster. although normally with ticketmaster you have to bring the credit card used to purchase the tickets to scan it at the gates… so be sure to bring that along, too, just in case.
all tickets for that particular show are being mailed. usually only GA tickets are will call. in fact, blossom is the first show this tour that i’ve had pre-mailed paper tickets for…
but if you want to be sure, check your confirmation e-mail from w.a.s.t.e. and see if it mentions “will call/box office collection” anywhere. if not, then they were mailed out a few days ago or will be soon. give it time.
wow if i have to see the word “rail” one more damn time
i have to tell you all, if you go to these shows this concerned with just getting rail you’re going to be so disappointed when you inevitably don’t get it that you won’t enjoy the fucking show. just like… have fun. radiohead’s set now is enjoyable from any and all angles, i promise.
the point being. there is no “improved rail chances!” promise involved in the sales pitch for waste tickets, no
i’m not sure if i’ve already answered this question or not but w/e
depends on the show/section/etc. most GA tickets for most shows are paperless and you don’t get any kind of hard tickets til you pick em up from the venue the day of the show and they’re just ordinary tickets, not usually any kind of special waste ticket.
scalpers - stubhub, craigslist, ebay. atease or waste-central if you’re already a member there. waste may release more tickets at random intervals… theres always a way…but sometimes there isnt
GA ticket holders generally get wristbands which allow their access onto the floor so… i mean, they could try to sneak past the venue staff… like i’m sure it’s been done before.
in kansas city i ended up running straight to the floor without getting a wristband at all. when the woman at the floor checking for wristbands asked me if i had mine, i said yes and threw my wrist up and i guess since i had 2 similar looking wristbands from previous gigs she believed me… take what you will from this information