A quick update on yesterday’s story about the internet sale of tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s July gig at the Leeds Arena.
Yesterday – two days before the official opening of the box office – we found 370 tickets already on offer at prices way above the face value of £65.
By this morning the number had risen to 664 – that’s 5% of the Arena’s 13,500 capacity.
Here’s who’s selling them, and the prices they’re asking.
We’re still left not knowing where these tickets have come from.
There have been two authorised pre-sales of tickets since Tuesday’s announcement that the gig was happening – one by O2 yesterday, the other by promoter Live Nation this morning. It’s not public knowledge how many tickets each had on offer, but both sold out really quick.
The thing is, those pre-sales are supposed to be a way of rewarding loyal customers who are music fans. Music fans? Money fans more like, if all 664 tickets on sale this morning came from those sources. Time for a review of the pre-sales system, guys?
If those tickets came from a different source, then it could be a completely different kind of problem.
What kind? Check out this Channel 4 Dispatches programme about the kind of monkey business these online ticket sellers have got up to – especially the ones who say they’re just middlemen for punter-to-punter ticket sales.
It features a couple of the businesses on the list above, who today hold the bulk of the Springsteen tickets on offer. Worth checking out.
Arena owners Leeds City Council say that this sort of stuff is out of their hands. The venue is run by international company SMG Europe, who, one presumes, agrees ticketing arrangements (including all the pre-sales allocations) with the promoters of each gig.
Is this all a lot of fuss about nothing? The last couple of days internet ticket shenanigans are probably par for the course for any major concert venue. Maybe it’s just that we’re not used to it in Leeds.
Doesn’t make it right though.
Especially when it involves a venue that will have cost us taxpayers £60m by the time The Boss takes to the stage to baptise it on 24th July.