As you were. It now turns out that Leeds independent record shops Jumbo and Crash are going to be selling tickets for the new Arena gigs after all.
But we’re still left with the issue of how over 100 tickets for the first gig at the venue in July – by Bruce Springsteen – are being advertised on ticket exchange website Seatwave for between £99 and £749.99.
Before tickets for the gig officially go on sale on Friday.
For them to be on offer, someone must have got their hands on them already. Who? How?
A statement from Crash Records’ Ian De-Whytell said Arena operators SMG were keen to work with both shops in the future.
“We will not have an allocation of tickets to sell for the recently announced 24th July appearance of Bruce Springsteen at Leeds Arena,” he said.
“We have been in very positive talks with the people in charge of the venue and we will be selling tickets for many of the future events that take place there.
” … they are very keen to work with ourselves and Jumbo in the future and are looking to actively engage with the wider local music community.”
A Facebook group started in support of Crash and Jumbo this morning had gathered over 5,500 members by the time De-Whytell’s statement was posted on it.