Tuesday 16 January 2018

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

Ed Sheeran Photo: Yui Mok/PA
Ed Sheeran (Yui Mok/PA)
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Cillian Sherlock

Tickets for Ed Sheeran’s Irish tour dates are appearing on ticket reselling sites for more than €1,200 - despite strict anti-tout rules imposed on the concerts by the singer.

Tickets with heavily inflated prices can be found on eBay and ticket reselling site viagogo.ie.

Normal tickets for the Cork, Dublin and Galway shows were originally sold through Ticketmaster for €81 and €91 and subject to restrictions for entry.

Promoters have said resold tickets will not be valid for entry and concert goers will have to provide their booking confirmation, credit card, and a valid form of ID.

"Ed and his team have a strict stance against anyone using secondary ticketing websites for profit. On this tour, any tickets that are resold will not be valid – this means no profit to touts and no one getting ripped off," according to one statement.

However touts are already circumventing the restrictions by simply arranging to enter the concert with those who purchase their extra tickets.

One reseller on online classifieds site advises that they will enter the concert with the ticket-purchasers in order to provide the ID and credit card required for entry.

The listings will frustrate punters who were subject to three-hour waits in a virtual queue for tickets through official release.

The singer - who spent much of his childhood in Ireland - sold over 300,000 tickets for the seven shows yesterday.

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