Five per cent of Springsteen Arena tickets on sale on net this morning – at inflated prices, of course

188374_565253960160585_749413790_n-500x508A 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.

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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.

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9 Responses to Five per cent of Springsteen Arena tickets on sale on net this morning – at inflated prices, of course

  1. Steve Williamson says:

    I have raised the matter with the council in emails twice today, having not been satisfied with the first response. Their second response includes the statement: ‘The assertion made by the Leeds Citizen blog that ticket sales were already happening may not be correct.’ Can you throw any light on this?!

  2. Kev says:

    You need to get a grip, this happens with all major venues and gigs.

    Sadly it’s common practice in this industry and crying to the council won’t have any effect.

    Whilst people buy off the secondary market this practice will always exist.

    • Not sure I’m the person that needs to get a grip, am I? It’s the people who allow (and profit from) the secondary market, I’d have thought.

      • Rich24 says:

        Depressingly very much the norm and not at all new to Leeds – experienced similar with some prime gigs at o2 academy last year. Buy from Jumbo whenever I can.

  3. Steve Williamson says:

    The point is that the Arena has been funded by public money. LCC has a contract with the operators and could have insisted on (a) no sale of tickets before publicised dates and (b) made arrangements to prevent resale of tickets at above market price. Assuming LCC has a profit share agreement with the operators (one can only hope!) then LCC would benefit from appropriate pricing structures not a private agent.

  4. And then there was the special tickets for Holders of AMEX cards…

    • Stuart Bruce says:

      Nope, I thought I could get my tickets that way, but was unable to despite trying about about 9:05. Perhaps if I’d tried ‘standard’ ones first then I might have been successful, which I wasn’t a couple of minutes later.

  5. Rich Tee says:

    Ulitmately it is down to supply and demand. Demand exceeds supply which drives prices up. As long as there are people willing to pay high prices there will be people willing to supply at that price. Nobody is forced to buy concert tickets, and concert tickets are a luxury that is not essential to human existence like food, water or shelter so there is no argument for government intervention in this market.

    Shady practices in the pop music industry? And in other news, the Pope is Catholic.

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