If you’re looking to visit some local events or concerts, an app can make it fast and easy. There are plenty of apps out there which will let you do this, also, but not all of them can necessarily give you the best seats or the best prices. Of the iPhone/iPad apps out there, these are the ones we find are best right now.
Rukkus is a music-focused app which takes your current location as well as the music in your iPhone library to recommend concerts in venues nearby. At the moment there are more than 100,000 events in Rukkus on any given day — the huge selection is because Rukkus pulls in results from all the major Web ticket hubs (like Ticketmaster, StubHub, eBay, and even more).
That said, Rukkus is not music-only. It can also find you tickets to sports games (you can buy Arsenal tickets here, for example) as well as theater shows in addition to the concerts you’d expect.
Overall Rukkus is well worth a try simply because it does a great job of serving you personalized choices based on your buying history and personal tastes.
Like Rukkus, Applauze offers you tickets for concerts, events, sports, and theatrical shows. But what makes Applauze unique is the emphasis on events in the local community. The app also makes it easy to either save an event for later (if you’d like to think before you buy) or pick up tickets right now.
In order to help coordinate plans with your friends, Applauze has a fast sharing feature and it creates an instant-chatroom where you and your friends are able to discuss and plan your evening. And that’s not all: if your friends get on Applauze and purchase tickets, both you and your friends get $5 in credit.
To sum it up, Applauze’s big standout are the social ticket searching and buying experiences, and the way it makes it easy to involve your friends.
As the name suggests, SeatGeek takes a slightly more nerdy approach to picking up tickets. It can go to your iTunes library in order to suggest concerts and events that might be relevant, like most ticketing apps. But right off the bat it gives you detailed maps of where the tickets are located as well as the pricing you can expect. It pulls up seating charts for almost any venue, which means you know exactly where you’ll be sitting before you tap “buy.”
SeatGeek also aggregates ticket results from the major ticketing agencies like eBay and Stubhub, so you get a huge selection of tickets with the best possible prices. If you want to know exactly what kind of deal you’ll get before you buy and where you’ll be sitting, SeatGeek is the app for you.
If you’re looking for more niche events, Live Nation does an excellent job of finding smaller concerts and festivals that other apps seem to leave out. Whether it’s local shows with local bands or concerts at baseball fields, Live Nation probably has it. Unfortunately Live Nation’s ticket purchasing feature just uses an in-app browser to load up the ticket source, which means you might not get the best deal out there. Still, it’s an excellent resource to find events which fall through the cracks in other apps.