Beat the rush for sport, music and theatre tickets with memberships
Our ticket specialists receive requests for attendance at a huge variety of events but the scramble for tickets during a general sale can sometimes be avoided with venue memberships.
Below the teams have highlighted the ones they feel offer the best value and access to top events. Keep in mind too that these also make great Christmas gifts. So whether you have a sibling who loves Shakespeare or a friend who’s passionate about music, there’ll be a package to suit them.
Contact us for further information or to sign up for any of these options.
Best for sport
Face value tickets for any Premier League football club are extremely hard to come by as the majority are allocated to season ticket holders and club members. By becoming a member of the team you support, you can accumulate loyalty points to enhance your chances of obtaining tickets to higher grade matches; as well as being eligible for cup final tickets should the club reach that stage.
With the Six Nations tournament taking place next year, rugby is seeing a surge in interest and international match tickets are notoriously difficult to get hold of. However, you can get priority access and entry to ticketing ballots if you sign up to the England Rugby Supporters Club.
For those who prefer racquet sports, joining the Lawn Tennis Association will get you entry into the Wimbledon Championship ballot each year plus priority access for the Davis Cup.
Best for music
Our General Sale team handles thousands of bookings every year, with many concerts selling out in minutes. Priority booking for events is one of the key benefits of many venue memberships and with prices from as little as £40 per year, it’s a small amount to pay to increase your chance of seeing your favourite band.
Sage Gateshead offers four levels of supporter packages, all including discounts at the venue’s bars, brasserie and shop, as well as priority booking. This venue draws big names as well as playing host to concert series that celebrate folk, Americana, blues and indie music, alongside educational events.
Down south in London, the Southbank Centre encompasses music, art, dance and literature so you can enjoy a variety of events with membership starting at £50. North of the Thames, Camden’s Roundhouse has benefit bundles including queue jumping, access to a members’ bar and no booking fees, plus that coveted advance booking access. If classical music is more your cup of tea, membership at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden gives you priority access to its renowned programme of opera and ballet, plus rehearsal tickets, a quarterly magazine and a 10% discount in its shop.
Best for theatre
The ATG Theatre Card is a particular favourite among concierge members as the company owns 36 venues around the UK, including 11 in the West End. As well as the chance to book tickets before the general public, you’ll enjoy free ticket exchange, member events and opening night offers, plus access to the 24 Ambassador Lounges (Gold membership only).
In recent years, Chichester Festival Theatre has flourished to new heights, with numerous productions transferring to the West End including Half a Sixpence which opens on 29 October. To see a big hit before the masses, become a ‘friend’ of the theatre to receive discounts, free exchanges, backstage tours and more for only £35 per year. Further west in Somerset, the Bristol Old Vic is a good choice for those who enjoy classics such as Jane Eyre alongside newer productions from the likes of Kneehigh Theatre Company.
Lastly, London is home to some of the UK’s finest theatres and memberships can prove to be the deciding factor when trying to secure a sought-after seat. The 180-seat Menier Chocolate Factory has recently been responsible for The Color Purple which is now on Broadway and this year’s Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith, which will embark on a UK tour in 2017. With a knack for attracting big names, tickets often sell quicker than hot chocolate brownies, so a membership is well worth having. We’re already looking forward to seeing Scarlett Strallen in She Loves Me when it plays from 25 November.
Elsewhere in the capital Shakespeare’s Globe, The Old Vic and the National Theatre release their tickets as seasons containing a few shows each time. Each of these venues is highly regarded among theatregoers, so once again, membership can be invaluable. The Old Vic has a public general sale on 2 November for Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Girl from the North Country featuring music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead starring Daniel Radcliffe. If you act fast your membership can be active in time to help you snap up tickets to these eagerly anticipated shows.
Pictured: Sage Gateshead © Jimfbleak CC (cropped) | Twickenham Stadium © David Iliff CC (cropped) | New Wimbledon Theatre © ATG | Chichester Festival Theatre © Philip Vile (clockwise from top left)