It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, headlined the Fillmore with a 60-minute set and a small backing band. Fast-forward three years, and the Weeknd is everywhere. While his smash hit “Earned It” continues to explode from the closing credits of 50 Shades of Grey to Top 40 radio ubiquity, the singles from his upcoming full-length Beauty Behind the Madness keep coming: “Often,” “I Can’t Feel My Face” and “Tell Your Friends” already seem inescapable. It’s no understatement: the guy is definitely on a roll.

The Weeknd’s The Madness tour hits Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Dec. 5, and tickets are sure to be in high demand. They’re also grouped into varying complicated stages of presale. Let’s break it all down.

Citi cardholders get first dibs starting Monday, Aug. 24 at 10am (tickets must be purchased with a Citi card). Then, a fan presale starts Tuesday, Aug 25 at 10am for those who buy a $28 T-shirt from the Weeknd’s web store to receive a presale code good for up to four tickets. A Facebook presale starts Wednesday, Aug. 25 with the presale code “MADNESS.” Finally, the onsale to the general public begins Friday, Aug. 28, at 10am.

Other than that, all we can say is be quick on the browser refresh, and good luck.

Ticket Alert: The Weeknd 26 August,2015Gabe Meline


Gabe Meline

Gabe Meline is KQED Arts’ Senior Editor. He lives with his wife, his daughter, a 1964 Volvo and too many records in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA. Find him on Twitter at @gmeline.

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