Tuesday 27 September 2016

Tickets for Adele Irish shows SOLD OUT in 3 minutes with resale tickets selling from €300 on Seatwave via Ticketmaster within minutes

Published 04/12/2015 | 11:06

Superstar Adele
Superstar Adele

Tickets for Adele's four Irish shows out sold out in just three minutes.

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However, resale tickets were available shortly thereafter, with prices starting from €300 for a standing ticket at Dublin's 3Arena.

The 'Hello' singer will play the SSE Arena, Belfast on February 29 and March 1, 2016 and will hit Dublin on March 4 and 5 at the 3Arena as part of her European tour.

Many fans took to Twitter to share their success in bagging tickets, which were limited to four per person, but others were left disappointed.

Those who attempted to buy tickets viaTicketmaster, but failed, were offered the opportunity to search for resale tickets via the Seatwave facility on the site.

Seatwave is a Ticketmaster company but does not sell tickets directly, rather it facilitates the sale of tickets by third party sellers.  People can therefore buy tickets on Ticketmaster at face value and resell at a price of their choosing on Seatwave.

Within minutes of Adele tickets selling out on Ticketmaster, tickets were available via Seatwave for several times the price of the original tickets. For some, standing tickets were advertised as available from €300 with tiered seating from €831.

One fan, who failed to secure regular tickets on the main Ticketmaster site, was quoted a price of €1275.16 for four tickets, plus €227.96 booking fee for a total cost of €1503 via Seatserve.

Fans were outraged by the inflated prices of the resale tickets, with one fan branding Ticketmaster "basically touts now with SeatWave".

Seatwave states that "our ticket prices are set by our sellers and may differ from face value" and that "delivery charges are not included and may vary based on method and location".

Ticketmaster describes Seatwave as a "safe marketplace for the resale of tickets.  If a purchaser of concert tickets decides sell all or some of their tickets they can do so on Seatwave - they set the asking price, not Ticketmaster."

Ticketmaster does not place the tickets directly onto the Seatwave site.  It is up to purchasers whether they choose to pay the asking price or not.

It's a double blow for fans, as many failed to secure presale tickets via Adele's official website on Wednesday.

A limited, undisclosed number of tickets went on sale at 9am on Adele.com for Adele's European dates, including Dublin, and many fans were still queuing over two hours later, with no success.

Several fans took to Twitter with the hashtag #adeletickets to criticise the fact that the website did not tell them where they were in the queue.

By 11.15am, after a wait of over two hours, several reported that only VIP packages were available at a cost of €250 and shortly afterwards the dates had completely sold out.

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