Want to beat the Friday morning rush when half the north of England will be crashing the Leeds Arena website in the hunt for Bruce Springsteen tickets?
Look no further.
As long as you don’t mind coughing up a fair bit more than the £65 per ticket for the 24th July show announced by Arena owners Leeds City Council yesterday.
Nearly two days before they officially go on sale, I found at least 360 tickets out there on the internet this lunchtime … but they’ll cost you between £99 and a mouthwatering £749.99.
Who’s got them? And how did they get hold of them?
Viagogo has over 200 tickets on offer – from £100 to £340.91; doble8tickets.com has 32 left and it’s already sold out the ones it had on offer for £95, £115 and £245; Stubhub has only two – at £175 each.
And there are half a dozen on eBay: 2 front centre seats for £449 anyone?
I’m told that O2 Priority (where O2 customers can get tickets up to 48 hours before they go on general release) was selling tickets – six max per purchaser – for the gig this morning, but that all their allocation, standing and seated, had been sold by 9.45 am.
Last but by no means least, Seatwave – the middleman site where people go to get rid of tickets they don’t want – has 130, from £99 to £749.99.
Read that again. That’s 130 tickets that people have got hold of in the last 12-15 hours from somewhere and are now selling on. At crazy prices. Sounds like a business opportunity.
Sorry, but it makes me laugh.
Tickets for the world’s best-loved, anti-corporation, blue-collar rock star are changing hands for £750 two days before they officially go on sale?
For a gig at a venue that’s been built using £60m of taxpayers’ money?
Am I the only one feeling the irony?
(It gets worse! For an update on the situation this morning, Thursday, click here)