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December's Top 10 Events

As I noted last month, timing is everything. With a full month advantage this time around, the One Direction ticket sales tallied up quickly and nobody else even had a chance.

It is the first time since last September that 1D has held the #1 spot. Although that may seem strange at first, remember that this is the band that started selling tickets for 2013 before they even started touring in 2012. One Direction fans do not wait, and 2012 was one of those odd years where ticket sales were so early that it was a long time before they picked back up again. The greatest chunk of tickets usually sells on the onsale date, anyway, and this past December was no different.

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One Direction

It's not enough to simply say that One Direction won out the weekend. Instead, it's more accurate to say that tickets for the band's upcoming "Where We Are" Tour completely dominated the weekend. Over 1/3 of all tickets sold at TicketNetwork.com on Saturday and Sunday were for the band's events*. And I'm not just talking about 1/3 of concert ticket sales here, but 1/3 of all ticket sales, including concerts, sports, and theater events.

There are also some interesting stats when we dig deeper. First, one might expect the venue that did the best is the one with multiple shows, which is not an unreasonable assumption as it happens often enough, and there are a number of cities on this tour with two-day stops. But that's not what happened this weekend for One Direction. Rather, the top-selling venue was one with only a single show: the August 13 concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Closely following up in second place was Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, which has two shows on August 7 and 8. Here are the top five:

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Ahh, One Direction tickets are on sale today!

...You know, just in case you forgot. (You totally didn't. We definitely didn't.) Their 2014 tour begins in April and arrives in the U.S. come August.

The first show is Aug. 4, 2014 in East Rutherford, NJ. The tour will also stop in cities like Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; Nashville, TN; Houston, TX; Atlanta, GA; and Tampa, FL.

While you're there, don't forget to take advantage of our Cyber Monday promotion in order to get free standard shipping on your order.

Use the promotional code TNCYBERSAVE2013 at checkout (whether you are purchasing One Direction tickets or tickets to another event) and receive free standard shipping. Ordering by phone? Just mention the code to your customer service rep and the deal still applies.

Discount code TNCYBERSAVE2013 valid December 2, 2013 through December 7, 2013. Redeemable for free standard shipping (up to a $15 value) on TicketNetwork.com. No minimum order size.

One Direction 2014 Tour Dates Announced

Concert news

The British boy band who's already won the hearts of millions around the world is back — with a U.S. tour! One Direction has announced they'll be embarking on a stadium tour come summer 2014. The news comes just after the release of their latest album, "Midnight Memories," which features their newest single, "Story of My Life."

Mark your calendars with the 2014 schedule for the 1D U.S. tour, featured below. Click here for more information on tickets and upcoming tour dates.

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A few weeks ago I covered just a few of the instances where an artist's behavior ruined a concert for their fans. Of course, terrible concerts tend to be few and far between. Most go off without a hitch and people have a good time. Occasionally, though, the artist or band does something that makes the show extra special, either for a specific fan or the audience as a whole.

Dave Matthews

File this one under "good things come to those who help others," especially when your assistance goes to the guy you're driving to see. Last month singer Dave Matthews was out riding before a concert in Hershey, PA, without a cell phone when the bike developed a flat tire. Emily Kaus, a Dave Matthews Band fan who was heading to the very same concert, and her boyfriend, stopped to help and discovered the subject of their rescue was none other than Matthews himself. So Matthews hitched a ride to the venue with Kaus and boyfriend. The two ended up having dinner with Matthews, and received a backstage visit and front-row seats at the show.

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