I’ve been getting to see 10-40 shows each year. I tend to like the comedy & circus ones the most.
Be sure to check out:
- CIRCUS: Anything by Cirque Alfonse (Barbu, Tabarnak)
- CIRCUS: Anything by Head First Acrobats (Elixir, Circus’cision, Railed)
- CIRCUS: Anything by Gravity & Other Myths (A Simple Space @ Fringe, Backbone @ Adelaide Festival, Out Of Chaos… @ Adelaide Festival)
- CIRCUS: Pss Pss
- COMEDY: Ivan Aristaguieta
- COMEDY: The late shows
- COMEDY: Jarred Fell “Hack”
DO IT CHEAP
I don’t see any point in paying full price if I can do the same things for cheaper or free 🙂
Although you should support the artists, so I tend to seek them out and buy them rounds of drinks. Buying full price tickets is a good thing!
I’d save hundreds each year using a couple of simple thrifty tricks. Reach out to me if you know of something else!
Here’s a few ways to do do this:
- HalfTIX – half price tickets for shows that night, through the official Adelaide Fringe website – this is how I get most of my tickets – see below
- Promotix – get 2 or 4 tickets for about $5 – see below
- ItsOnTheHouse – Bronze membership is free, get 2 tickets for $10, limited shows and times
- RCC: University of Adelaide Royal Croquet Club Fringe Membership – FREE to sign up as an alumni/student/staff: https://rccfringe.com.au/uoa-rccfringe-membership/ – that includes free entry to Dusk Till Dawn concerts (sign up and flash the email instead of paying for entry), $5 off Adelaide Fringe Membership, plus emails with a chance to win free tickets!
- Fringe Membership – $25 per year ($20 with UofA RCC deal above) includes 25% off some shows and free entry to the 1 or 2 members nights where some of the artists have 10-15 minute shows and you can win tickets
- AdelaideComedy.com (Rhino Room / Howling Owl) – sign up to the mailing list for your first 2 tickets free, plus 2 for 1 offers on Fringe shows
- BankSA tix price unlock 423953
- Other free tickets – we scored some free tickets off the radio, facebook posts & standing in the line talking to staff
Half-price tickets are sold officially through the Adelaide Fringe website. This is supposedly for the shows that haven’t sold out, but I’ve found that most of the shows I want to see come up at least once during the Fringe. The main drawback is that you have to book on the same day for that night.
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You can sign up to get their daily emails, but here’s what works for me:
- Tickets go on sale midday to 3pm for that night’s shows (or shows before 3pm the following day)
- You can see the list of shows at halftix.tsimop.com earlier in the day (that short link will take you to https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix?halftix=HalfTIX )
- When you click on the event, between 12-3pm it’ll show HalfTix as a ticket type for that night’s event. Add to cart & buy!
- Each day there are usually over 100 shows, see example below from the last day of Fringe 18/3/18.
I discovered this on OzBargain near the end of Fringe 2018 and have used it a couple of times in 2019.
- “Standard” membership is free – you just sign up to their mailing list.
- “VIP” membership is $35 a year – (it may be cheaper to pay this and the booking fee) [27/3/18
it’s free for a year with code FREEVIP – deal on OzBargaindeal expired]
[28/2/19: VIP Membership is available free again with code FREEVIP3 – deal on OzBargain – sign up now!]
- Some tickets are only available to VIP members. They mostly seem to be “free”, with a booking fee of $4 to $8 for 2 to 4 tickets (fee is per order & not per ticket)
Below are some screenshots of the tickets on the site (last day of Fringe 18/3/18), what it looks like for VIP member tickets & Standard member tickets.
Adelaide Fringe Members Night @ Fringe Club
I had a free TREv (Tickets Reviews Events) membership (formerly Fringe Benefits) a few years back, but they discontinued that and it’s now $19.95 per year to be a fringe member. In 2018, they opened up the members nights to past members, giving them 3 tickets. Below is a copy of the invite and a program from the Members Night we attended Tuesday 13th March 2018.
Fringe Performers get an ‘Artist Pass’ which gets them free entry to Fringe Club every night for themselves + 1 person. In previous years (up to 2018), the Fringe Club was next to The Garden of Unearthly Delights (Rundle Park), but in 2019 it is next to the Crown & Anchor (Grenfell Street).