Saturday 14 December 2019

Standard tickets for U2's four Dublin dates sold out but platinum still available from over €600

U2 on stage at Croke Park . Pic Steve Humphreys
U2 on stage at Croke Park . Pic Steve Humphreys
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Many lucky U2 fans are rejoicing this morning having nabbed tickets to one of the band's four upcoming 3Arena shows.

Prices started at just €40.50 for the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018 dates on November 5, 6, 9, and 10 but standard tickets were, unsurprisingly, whipped up quickly.

More expensive packages continued to be available with prices ranging from around €300 for VIP Gold tickets to €650 plus for Platinum.

Ticketmaster describes Platinum tickets as "in demand tickets to concerts and other events made available by artists and event organisers through Ticketmaster. They give fans fair and safe access to in demand tickets at market driven prices. Platinum tickets are ticket-only purchases and prices are subject to change at any time."

Within the hour tickets were also being advertised from €400 to €500 on Seatwave but these were unavailable shortly thereafter.  Seatwave is a Ticketmaster company and prices are set by third parties selling tickets on the site.

There are also tickets available from secondary sites including eBay from €325 for two and Viagogo from €289.  However, some tickets selling on secondary sites may not be authentic.

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Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has hit out at the fact that people can make money from reselling on secondary sites.

Deputy Rock is calling on the Government to enact legislation to ban the cost reselling of tickets.

“Today’s outrageous cornering of the market by touts whose only goal is to gouge hard-working fans is an absolute disgrace and shows clearly the problem we have here," he said in a statement.

“This is now happening on a weekly basis with concerts big and small, as well as larger sporting events: people know they can make a quick few quid by snapping up tickets via advance on sales, and make at least double their money back.

“If the companies charged with selling tickets wanted to stamp out this practice, they could easily have done so.”

Fans also had the opportunity to buy tickets via the fan pre-sale, once signed up to the U2 website.

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For those disappointed this morning, there may be other opportunities to buy tickets at a reasonable price.  Often the venue will release last minute tickets on the day of the concert, once they figured out the configuration of the venue.

U2 will return to Dublin just over a year after they wowed Croke Park with The Joshua Tree Tour 2017.

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