Tickets for The Pillows Concerts in Japan
The Pillows (usually stylized as the pillows) are an alternative rock from Hokkaido, Japan. They are most well known for their contribution to the FLCL OVA soundtrack. Since their formation in 1989, the band has toured in Japan, as well as internationally.
Read on to learn how to buy tickets for The Pillows shows in Japan (or scroll to the bottom if you are looking for shows in other countries).
For upcoming The Pillows concert dates in Japan, see here.
1. Official Fan Club
Tickets will first be available to members of the official fan club. Some artists have only a Japanese fan club (or “member site”), which can only be joined with a Japanese address.
Others, also have an International fan club. If the concert is outside of Japan, tickets might not be available through to members of the Japanese club.
the pillows Official Fan Club “what’s pillows” (only available in Japanese)
2. Pre-order Before General Sale
Before tickets go on sale, there are usually one or more pre-order periods. In Japan, pre-order lotteries are common: you enter a ticket raffle and can buy the tickets if selected after the lottery entry period has closed. These lotteries are usually announced on the official website or various Japanese ticket agencies. To purchase from outside Japan, you might need to order through a proxy service such as Tickets Galore Japan.
the pillows Official Website (Japan)
Tickets Galore Japan – Assists with ticket lotteries, payments and purchases
3. General Sale
This is where the first-come-first-served sale starts. To participate, you usually need a verified account at a Japanese ticket agency. If you live abroad and can’t create such an account, the remaining options are purchasing through a ticket shopping service (such as Tickets Galore Japan) or an international resale site (see next paragraph).
4. Resale Tickets / Sold Out Shows
When concerts are sold out or difficult to get, resale tickets could be the only remaining option. Japanese resale sites such as Tickets.co.jp are difficult to navigate, though. Again, a Shopping Service such as Tickets Galore might be necessary to purchase from those sites. There is also an international site, that lists The Pillows resale tickets for concerts in Japan: Viagogo.
Tickets for The Pillows Concerts Outside Japan
The Pillows have a history of touring in other regions of the world, including the US and Europe. If you want to go to one of their headline shows or festival appearances, tickets as well as their upcoming tour dates are likely to be available at one of the outlets below.
Ticketmaster – Global Ticket Agency
Stubhub – Resale Ticket Platform
Viagogo – Resale Ticket Platform
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