Saturday 23 September 2017

Ed Power: Rock music will pay the price for double dip on ticket sales

U2 announced rigorous security measures for their run of shows at Dublin’s 3Arena in 2015 to ensure only original ticket holders gained entry. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
U2 announced rigorous security measures for their run of shows at Dublin’s 3Arena in 2015 to ensure only original ticket holders gained entry. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Ed Power

Ed Power

Tickets for U2's 'The Joshua Tree' concert at Croke Park in July went on sale at 9am yesterday. A little over 10 minutes later, the 78,000-capacity show had sold out.

The thousands of fans who missed out will have felt as miserable as Larry Mullen looked on the cover of the album which the band is celebrating on its 30th anniversary.

But the news comes with an asterisk. The concert is a sell-out only in the sense that tickets cannot be purchased at face value. For devotees willing to pay above the odds - €1,000 for a seat in the lower Cusack Stand, say - there is the option of the secondary market.

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