The Big Question: what are the best apps for buying sold-out tickets?

Unlike some sites, these apps won't charge you a penny more than face value...

Buying tickets for gigs, stand-up shows or sports events can feel like an ordeal of Tough Mudder proportions.

Firstly, there's remembering exactly when the tickets go on sale. And even if you do that there's every chance you'll fall foul of tortuous queueing systems or cruel captchas ('translate these Egyptian hieroglyphs then solve the resulting anagram').

Things used to get even worse for those who then dared to dabble in the murky world of second-hand ticket resellers. But recently a heroic band of apps have emerged to connect genuine fans who can no longer make an event with fans who want to buy their ticket for no more than face value.

If you've given up hope of getting into that sold-out event you missed out on (for example, this weekend's boxing at the O2 Arena), our pick of the best second-hand ticket apps might just come to your rescue...