Anger over Snow Patrol tickets resale

Published Friday, 23 November 2012
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Snow Patrol have hit out at people selling tickets to their acoustic show at Belfast's Waterfront Hall at inflated prices online.

Anger over Snow Patrol tickets resale
Snow Patrol said they are "saddened" by the actions of ticket touts. (© Getty)

Tickets for the homecoming gig next month went on sale at 9am on Friday, but were gone in minutes. A matinee concert was added to the same day, but it too quickly sold out.

Soon after touts posted the tickets on online bidding sites for up to £400 a pair - almost ten times their original value.

They joined some tickets which had been purchased at the gig's presale that released 600 tickets on Wednesday.

Genuine fans who could not get tickets have been left outraged by the action of those trying to profit from the concert, the proceeds of which are going to charity.

We're very saddened to see this as the shows profits will be going to charity and some of the prices being quoted are ten times the face value of the ticket, with those profits going straight into tout's pockets.

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The band's front man, Bangor native Gary Lightbody also used his Twitter account to express his anger over the tout's actions, retweeting fan Philip Reynolds.

Philip has been to every Snow Patrol concert in Northern Ireland and is frustrated at what has happened.

"I went onto the resale sites just to see if there was any on there, and there was," he told UTV.

"By the time I scrolled on down the page it became apparent there was some sort of carry on going on. One of the prices of the tickets was £300.

"It's really frustrating because when you go to all their gigs and you support them as a band, you buy albums, you buy their singles and then you can't go to their gig in Belfast at Christmas time," he added.

© UTV News
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