Tuesday 19 November 2019

Ed Sheeran fans warned against buying tickets on reselling sites

Cillian Sherlock

Buyer beware: Ed Sheeran’s seven concerts in Ireland have sold out and fans are being warned against buying tickets on reselling sites.

If you weren’t lucky enough to grab one of more than 300,000 tickets, concert promoters are warning against attempting to get one second hand.

In a statement today Aiken Promotions cautioned fans against such websites: “Fans are strongly advised NOT to purchase tickets via ANY secondary sellers or ANY unofficial source.”

The announcement follows a report by Independent.ie yesterday that some ticket reselling sites were listing tickets for up to €1,200.

Even Ed Sheeran can't stop the touts - tickets for singer's 2018 Irish dates already on re-selling sites for €1,200

Tickets for the run of seven concerts in Cork, Belfast, Galway and Dublin are completely sold out but listings are still appearing on sites like eBay and Viagogo for hundreds of euro above the original sale price.

However, Aiken Promotions issued further warnings about purchasing these ‘fraudulent and invalid’ tickets.

“Some websites are offering e-tickets/print at home tickets. These tickets do not exist for ANY of the sold-out Ed Sheeran Irish tour dates. In addition seated tickets are on offer for seats that do not exist. The tickets are not legitimate and must be avoided,” according to the statement.

In an effort to combat resold tickets, concert goers will have to provide their booking confirmation, credit card, and a valid form of ID.

Independent.ie learned that some resellers are attempting to circumvent these anti-tout rules by arranging to enter the concert with purchasers in order to provide the ID and credit card required for entry.

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