Fans brave freezing temperatures overnight to secure Ed Sheeran tickets
Eager fans have braved the freezing temperatures overnight to secure their tickets for Ed Sheeran's 3 Arena gig.
Queues have been building outside Ticketmaster outlets across the country in the past 24 hours with desperate fans setting up their camping gear in order to be first in line for tickets when they go on sale at 9am today.
Dedicated fans have been showing their support with people in Sligo, Mullingar and Dublin hitting the queues from about 2pm yesterday.
The Leinster Express reports that superfans in Portlaoise began queuing at 10am yesterday, nearly 24 hours before tickets are set to go on sale.
Fans were left disappointed on Tuesday when pre-sale tickets for Ed Sheeran's Dublin concerts sold out on his fan site in less than 20 minutes.
However, soon after the tickets were sold-out they were being re-sold on ticket touting website viagogo.ie for over €800 - ten times the original price of the tickets, which cost between €76 and €86.
There's a queue in Sligo already for Ed Sheeran tickets pic.twitter.com/DyGoRuIEqS— Val (@magnumlady) February 1, 2017
Ed Sheeran queue in Blanch is HUGE!— Ryan Dunne (@RyanD14) February 2, 2017
On the site, users are told that the tickets are "selling fast" and are the "cheapest in Dublin."
Ticket prices for the two dates that Sheeran will be taking to the stage at the 3Arena, 12 and 13 April, range from €175 to €819.14 for both seated and standing tickets in all sections of the arena.
Tickets are sold live on screen, as "just sold!" pops up and fans are warned: "Tickets are likely to sell soon! Don't wait until it's too late! Buy now so you don't miss out on today's price."
Aiken Promotions is cautioning fans not to buy tickets via secondary sellers or any unofficial source.
The concert promoter is warning fans to be aware of fraudulent websites and ticket sellers and only buy tickets from official sites.
Purchasing from unofficial sites or secondary sources can result in fans being turned away at the door due to counterfeit tickets, resulting in financial loss and no entry to the concert.
"Tickets on any secondary sites cannot be confirmed as valid tickets," said Peter Aiken.