3/20/18 4:24 PM

The coolest one outside of Italy is TicketSwap, which is useful for getting a ticket even for sold-out events. While the most famous one in Italy is Date Concerti, which offers a packed calendar of events. However, the latest one is Mticket which promises to solve the problem of inflated prices of ticket touts. Here are the must-have apps for a last-minute concert.

Date Concerti, the concert archive

Date Concerti is an app which covers all tours to find tickets for sale. It’s a huge archive of unmissable events, with links to official stores so you can make secure transactions through the most used and controlled e-commerce circuits. An interesting feature of the app, particularly for independent bands, is the option of creating their own profile and adding their tour dates to the database. The app is designed to give suggestions based on your location, so you can keep a constant eye on all the events organised in your area. Date Concerti is available for Android and iOS.

TicketSwap – Save an evening at the last minute

You’ve been waiting for the concert for ages, you bought your tickets as soon as they went on sale, but in the end – for whatever setback – you can’t make that date marked on your calendar for months. All of us have had to miss a show and along with the disappointment you obviously need to limit the financial blow. TicketSwap promises to simplify the sale of second-hand tickets, adding security checks (for tickets and sellers) and limiting surcharges to block ticket touts who buy a large number of tickets to then resell at an over-inflated price once the show has sold out. Convenient for reselling, TicketSwap is also an excellent way of finding tickets for a show at the last minute. The app is available for free for iOS and Android.

Mticket – The future of ticket offices is mobile

This is an app to keep an eye on. Mticket is quickly making a name for itself in Italy as the new Italian ticket platform: no more attachments to print, just a QR code in the app which is checked upon entrance. Your ticket is unique as it’s linked to your telephone number, a system created to combat counterfeiting and fraud in illegal resale. Of course, if you have a sudden change of plan, you can always transfer your ticket to your friends, but you cannot resell it at a higher price. Mticket is primarily aimed at independent artists who want to sell tickets directly to their audience, cutting out middlemen and therefore lowering costs. The app is not available yet, but its release is imminent and it’s already the talk of the town, while receiving approval from the Italian Revenue Agency.

NightCap Camera, the camera for concerts

Stage lights can be a nuisance even for professional photographers, let alone for anyone who wants to document their evening on social media through their smartphone: poor visibility risks turning a photo or video into a grainy meaningless animation. NightCap Camera rushes to the aid of night owls by optimally using what light there is for brighter shots. Depending on the approach you want to use, you can trust the app’s automatic settings or skilfully use the manual features on your iPhone camera, such as ISO, focus and white balance. And with “stars” mode, you can also take pictures of the night sky during an outdoor concert. You can buy NightCap Camera at the App Store (for €2,29). Night Camera is an alternative for Android (free of charge).

SoundHound, never miss a verse again

To avoid being that laughing stock at a concert who sings incomprehensible words at the top of their voice, just trust SoundHound. The app recognises the song in a few seconds (like Shazam) and uploads the full lyrics, highlighting the verses as they are sung. If you register to the service, you can retrieve your search history and recreate the evening’s set list. SoundHound can be downloaded for free at the App Store and Google Play.