Sunday 24 September 2017

Touts cash in on demand for Guns n' Roses tickets ahead of Slane gig

The classic Guns N’ Roses line-up including Slash and Axl Rose (second and third from left)
The classic Guns N’ Roses line-up including Slash and Axl Rose (second and third from left)

Sasha Brady

Tickets for Guns n' Roses Slane Castle gig are already on sale through touting website for several times the original price.

The band will play Slane Castle on May 27, 2017 as part of their Not In This Lifetime tour world tour.

Tickets went on sale today from 9am, priced from €89.50.

However, as early as 9.03am some tickets were on sale through official Ticketmaster company Seatwave for several times the original asking price and the prices increased as the wait wore on.

Seatwave
Seatwave

While tickets are still available through Ticketmaster, some general admission tickets (€89.50) are being flogged at €399 each through Seatwave. Prices are expected to increase once the gig sells out and fans are left with few other options.

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.

This isn't the first time that the company has received backlash for flogging tickets at inflated prices.

In October, Coldplay tickets went on sale through the site, within seconds of selling out on Ticketmaster.

One fan was quoted €1,238.97 (including a booking fee of €188.97) for three tickets, priced at €350 each.

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has urged for legislation to be introduced to block touts from scalping concert-goers in Ireland.

Musician Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
Musician Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Fans complained of long delays on the Ticketmaster website when the tickets were released this morning. Some people claimed that they had to wait over 20 minutes to secure their tickets. This is due to the sheer volume of fans seeking tickets at the same time.

While problems existed on the website, many fans said that the mobile app worked better, with less delays and smoother service.

The Slane Castle gig marks the band's grand return to the Co Meath venue since they last played there in 1992.

No stranger to Irish shores, Guns n' Roses, in all its forms, has toured Ireland over the years, but this would make their first time the original line-up performed here in 25 years.

The band reunited in April to play the Coachella festival in California, with frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan sharing a stage for the first time since 1993.

Speaking about the announcement on Monday, Lord Henry Mountcharles said: We are really thrilled to have one of the most exciting rock n' roll bands in the world coming back to Slane 25 years after they first played, the same month in 1992 which was critically considered to be one of the best Slane’s ever."

Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.

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