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Sep 26th, 2012, 09:21 AM
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Question on Royal Festival Hall London sold out concert

Hi,

There is a concert that's sold out. Are there any last-minute tricks for tickets? I can't seem to find any online.

The seating map shows standing sections but I assume these are reserved only?

Thanks for any leads.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 09:40 AM
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If you're staying in a hotel your concierge should be able to get them for you - but I don;t know at what price.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 10:00 AM
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Which concert? Yes, hotel concierge can sometimes obtain really tough tickets. But you'll usually pay handsomely for them.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 10:14 AM
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Hi, I am not interested enough to pay a premium. Just wondering if there are any last-minute options or standing room. They exist for Carnegie Hall, Opera Garnier, Vienna Philharmonic, etc, so I figured there could be something like this at RFH.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 10:16 AM
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You can see at the box office if there are any returns , but the UK doesn't have a culture of last minute options - unless the performance ISN'T sold out.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 12:53 PM
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Give it a try. I've managed to get a return several times. It's easier if you only want one ticket.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 02:18 PM
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Ask the box office if they have a method of reselling returned tickets or if they sell late released house seats.
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Sep 27th, 2012, 03:45 PM
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This worked out. Good old returns did the trick. I showed up around 7:30 right when the concert was to begin. There were about 8 people waiting. As luck would have it, they had a single return.

I think it might have been opening night at RFH. Salonen conducted Beethoven 9, and Andsnes played Beethoven's 1st Piano Concerto. The opening piece was Kurtag.

Andsnes played an encore (finale of Beethoven Op. 54 Sonata, if I remember right) and signed my CD afterwards.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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