Tickets for U2’s Joshua Tree 30th anniversary concert in Croke Park next July are appearing on resale websites at prices of more than €1,000 each, prompting fresh calls for anti-touting legislation.
Ticketmaster sold its allocation for the concert within two hours yesterday, yet tickets appeared on Seatwave — a Ticketmaster company that allows buyers to resell their tickets and decide the price — for between €330 and €1,020 by lunchtime.
The tickets were sold by Ticketmaster at face value prices of between €39 and €186.
However, two tickets on Seatwave yesterday were on sale for €1,019.34 each for seats in the lower tier of Croke Park’s Davin Stand. The pair of tickets, along with Seatwave’s €306.64 booking fee, would cost a potential buyer €2,345.32 in total.
Ticketmaster had stated that tickets in the Davin Stand lower tier were €76 each.
In response to the high resale prices quoted, Fine Gael Dublin North West TD Noel Rock said he was hopeful that an anti-touting bill he has previously proposed would be debated soon.
“In effect, I’m proposing for an end to above face value ticket reselling,” Mr Rock told the Irish Examiner.
“Most sporting organisations explicitly favour this already. It’s quite clear that this is happening in a far more frequent and formalised way than ever before, and the public are rightly annoyed by it.
“In Belgium, anti-touting laws were enacted and — following that — the Ticketmaster-owned reselling site Seatwave closed down. We can and should replicate that here.”
Independent Wicklow and East Carlow TD Stephen Donnelly also tweeted that he wants to look at potential anti-tout legislation.
A spokesperson for Ticketmaster would not comment on such proposed legislation.
“U2’s The Joshua Tree tour has been exceptionally popular,” said the spokesperson. “With artists of this stature, demand often far outstrips the supply of tickets. Ticketmaster is committed to the overall ticket buying process to ensure artists get tickets into the hands of fans and never places tickets on secondary market sites.”
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