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The best free shows buried in Ticketmaster's garbage fire legal settlement

The best free shows buried in Ticketmaster's garbage fire legal settlement

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In 2013, Ticketmaster lost a class action lawsuit over its shady processing fees. This week, those of us who purchased tickets between October 1999 and February 2013 reap the rewards of the court case in the form of free ticket vouchers applicable to a limited set of shows preselected by the ticket seller. The options are, broadly speaking, terrible.

However, buried deep beneath the '90s piss-rock (looking at you Korn) and '70s dad-rock (I see you Steely Dan) are a few legit options. If you happen to live in the right place, have the right night free, and beat every other voucher holder to the punch, you might actually get something out of this racket.

These are the best shows, so far, as selected by a random collective of The Verge reporters. I personally do not take responsibility for the inclusion or exclusion of any recommendations. Please direct all of your feedback to

We’re assuming more shows will be looped into this freebie calendar at some point. Like, Ticketmaster will add at least one show for New York City, right? Right? Right?

The Art of Rap Festival, featuring Public Enemy, Ice-T, Naughty by Nature, and more

July 16th: Dallas, TX

July 31st: Atlanta, GA

August 5th: Tinley Park, IL

The Beach Boys

August 19th: Indianapolis, IN

The Cure

June 23rd: Charlotte, NC

Dolly Parton

September 24th: Mountain View, CA

Flight of the Conchords

June 28th: Mountain View, CA

July 12th: Atlanta, GA

Gary Clark Jr.

July 16th: Nashville, TN

Hall & Oates

July 10th: Camden, NJ

July 12th: Holmdel, NJ

July 22nd: Tinley Park, IL

July 24th: Noblesville, IN

September 9th: Auburn, WA

September 14th: Phoenix, AZ

September 18th: Concord, CA

The Kidz Bop Kids

August 14th: Charlotte, NC

August 19th: Alpharetta, GA

Kool & The Gang

July 22nd: Charlotte, NC

July 23rd: Raleigh, NC

August 13th: Bristow, VA

Modest Mouse and Brand New

July 15th: Mansfield, MA

Ryan Adams and Kurt Vile

July 22nd: Camden, NJ

Salt N Pepa

July 16th: Alpharetta, GA

August 6th: Camden, NJ

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa

(Practically everywhere throughout the entire summer)

July 20th: West Palm Beach, FL

July 22: Atlanta, GA

July 24th: Charlotte, NC

July 26th: Raleigh, NC

July 27th: Virginia Beach, VA

July 31st: Bristow, VA

August 2nd: Holmdel, NJ

August 5th: Camden, NJ

August 6th: Mansfield, MA

August 7th: Saratoga Springs, NY

August 11th: Noblesville, IN

August 14th: Cuyahoga Falls, OH

August 16th: Tinley Park, IL

August 17th: Maryland Heights, MO

August 18th: Dallas, TX

August 23rd: Albuquerque, NM

August 24th: Phoenix, AZ

August 25th: Irvine, CA

August 27th: Chula Vista, CA

August 28th: Concord, CA

September 2nd: Auburn, WA

Weezer and Panic at the Disco!

June 21st: Raleigh, NC

June 22nd: Virginia Beach, VA

June 24th: Bristow, VA

July 5th: Camden, NJ

July 10th: Tinley Park, IL

July 12th: Noblesville, IN

July 15th: Dallas, TX

July 19th, Maryland Heights, MO

July 31st: Mountain View, CA

August 2nd: Phoenix, AZ

August 3rd: Chula Vista, CA

Weird Al Yankovic, the star of UHF

July 7th: Indiandapolis, IN

Why People Love Bass