Monday 23 October 2017

Superfan queued 65 hours to get hands on first ticket

Vincent Kearns with his tickets. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Vincent Kearns with his tickets. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Ian Begley

U2 superfan Vincent Kearns waited a staggering 65 hours outside St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre to be first in line for the now sold-out Croke Park concert.

The Rathfarnham-based father of two had been sitting on a foldable chair by the Grafton Street centre since Friday evening, and plans to spend his 50th birthday rocking out to his all-time favourite band.

"The wait was definitely worth it," he told the Irish Independent.

"U2 have been my favourite band for over 30 years and I've been queuing up on Grafton Street for over 20 years. I've seen them 72 times in total and this year it turns out that they will be performing in Ireland on my 50th birthday.

"I didn't feel the cold that much over the weekend because I had a warm duvet cover around me and was well wrapped up.

"I'll also be flying over to LA to see them this year which I'm really looking forward to because I've never been to the States before.

"I was very happy to be first in line and I paid €80 each for two tickets which are right up the front."

Mr Kearns added that his whole family supported him.

He wasn't too happy, however with how quickly the tickets were sold out, which he believes was due to touts buying large quantities of tickets at a time.

"The amount of people who were in the queue that were turned away was ridiculous," he said.

"They were told that there were no tickets left, but then you go online and see them being sold for prices way beyond their face value.

"I can't see why the Government can't bring in a law to stop them [ticket touts].

"Hopefully, they will introduce a law soon enough because this problem isn't going to stop and will most likely get bigger and bigger.

"There should be massive penalties for them, in my opinion."

Irish Independent

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