Excuse me for a being an innocent when it comes to how showbiz works, but someone explain to me what’s going on with the ticket sales for the first gig at Leeds Arena – by Bruce Springsteen in July.
You can’t buy them on the official Leeds Arena site till Friday, but there are already over 100 on offer on the ticket exchange website Seatwave – the cheapest at £99, the most expensive (floor seats) at £749.99.
Who’s offering those tickets for sale? They can’t just be trusting to luck. Half the population of the north of England is going to be crashing the Arena website on Friday morning in a frantic attempt to see the Boss.
They must have got them already. But where from?
Economic benefits? Not for Crash and Jumbo
Forever? Jumbo has been doing it since 1971, when Springsteen was a wannabe in Dr Zoom & the Sonic Boom, Crash since 1985, the year Springsteen last appeared in Leeds.
But supporting the Leeds music scene appears to count for nothing.
Because neither shop is being allocated tickets to sell for Arena gigs by SMG, the international corporation that runs our new £60m tax-payer funded venue.
There’s a campaign under way to change that bizarre state of events and get Jumbo and Crash selling Arena tickets. Join it here.
In the meantime, when we’ re endlessly told that the Arena is going to bring £25 million a year in economic benefits to the city of Leeds, it’s obviously not the local music scene they’ve got in mind.
That’s showbiz, folks!