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Live Nation’s Club Pass will let you see almost every concert at a venue through the end of 2022

Even if a show is otherwise sold out.

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

The pay-and-binge model has practically taken over our digital lives, and now a new year-end pass from Live Nation is looking to do the same for our concert-going habits.

The newly announced Club Pass will grant you access to almost every show during the last three months of 2022 at a single Live Nation venue starting at $59 plus fees (though almost all of the L.A.-area ones are $79) or $299 for a multi-venue pass that’s valid at more than 50 Live Nation-operated venues around the country.

There are, of course, some exceptions: Reserved seating events, festivals and non-Live Nation-produced concerts are ineligible, and the list of excluded events is always subject to change. But the eligible shows are extensive, and a Club Pass also comes with a pretty significant perk: You’ll still be able to redeem your pass for a ticket at concerts that are otherwise sold out.

A limited number of Club Passes go on sale September 19 at 10am through September 30, or until supplies last. Each pass is valid from October 1 through December 30, 2022—so no New Year’s Eve concerts.

Here in L.A., Club Pass includes access to some pretty notable music venues: the Belasco, the Hollywood Palladium and the Wiltern, plus the House of Blues in Anaheim and the Observatory OC in Santa Ana—all of which ring in at $79 per single-venue pass. The Echoplex and the Echo (considered a single venue for the purposes of Club Pass) and the Riverside Municipal Auditorium are also available for $59. Given the density of L.A.–area venues, we could see the Multi-Club Pass being particularly attractive to concert-going Angelenos, though only 200 of those will be available (single-venue passes will be limited, as well).

For the SoCal venues in the program, the vast majority of the calendar is eligible for Club Pass, though there are certainly a handful of exceptions that stand out. Let’s look at the Wiltern as an example, easily the most attractive option among the L.A. venues participating. Your $79 pass will grant you access to a concert nearly every single night in a jam-packed October, plus a couple dozen more in November and December. But it’s specifically not valid for Paramore and the rescheduled Flaming Lips show. On the other hand, it should get you into something like the basically-sold-out Modest Mouse show, a celebration of The Lonesome Crowded West that has resale tickets going for hundreds of dollars. Or take the Belasco, where, again, Paramore is excluded but you can nab a night-of ticket to triple-digit-priced party Halloweenie.

Live Nation will let you purchase a second Club Pass to use for a guest, though both will be under your name (you’ll need to show ID at the box office). And, of course, you can’t turn around and scalp your ticket on the sidewalk. In addition, you’ll be limited to only one concert in a series—so even though the Mars Volta are playing three nights at the Palladium, you can only nab a spot at one of them.

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