Touts cash in on demand for Guns n' Roses tickets ahead of Slane gig
Tickets for Guns n' Roses Slane Castle gig are already on sale through touting website for several times the original price.
The band will play Slane Castle on May 27, 2017 as part of their Not In This Lifetime tour world tour.
Tickets went on sale today from 9am, priced from €89.50.
However, as early as 9.03am some tickets were on sale through official Ticketmaster company Seatwave for several times the original asking price and the prices increased as the wait wore on.
While tickets are still available through Ticketmaster, some general admission tickets (€89.50) are being flogged at €399 each through Seatwave. Prices are expected to increase once the gig sells out and fans are left with few other options.
Seatwave is a Ticketmaster company but does not sell tickets directly, rather it facilitates the sale of tickets by third party sellers. People can therefore buy tickets on Ticketmaster at face value and resell at a price of their choosing on Seatwave.
This isn't the first time that the company has received backlash for flogging tickets at inflated prices.
In October, Coldplay tickets went on sale through the site, within seconds of selling out on Ticketmaster.
One fan was quoted €1,238.97 (including a booking fee of €188.97) for three tickets, priced at €350 each.
Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has urged for legislation to be introduced to block touts from scalping concert-goers in Ireland.
Fans complained of long delays on the Ticketmaster website when the tickets were released this morning. Some people claimed that they had to wait over 20 minutes to secure their tickets. This is due to the sheer volume of fans seeking tickets at the same time.
While problems existed on the website, many fans said that the mobile app worked better, with less delays and smoother service.
The Slane Castle gig marks the band's grand return to the Co Meath venue since they last played there in 1992.
No stranger to Irish shores, Guns n' Roses, in all its forms, has toured Ireland over the years, but this would make their first time the original line-up performed here in 25 years.
The band reunited in April to play the Coachella festival in California, with frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan sharing a stage for the first time since 1993.
Fairly big queue at Ticketmaster in St Stephen's Green SC for Guns N Roses tickets, half an hour into the sale— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) December 9, 2016
I GOT GUNS N ROSES TICKETS!!!!!— GentlemanOfTheParish (@Koovner) December 9, 2016
I'm going to Guns 'n Roses!!! #Slane Tickets in the bag!! Can't believe I got them.— SUSAN (@susancloonan) December 9, 2016
I'M GONNA SEE GUNS N' ROSES IT IS CONFIRMED OMG— Cáit (@Cait_RnR) December 9, 2016
@TicketmasterIre I'm trying to buy the tickets for Guns N' Roses but the website is still searching and searching for tickets and nothing— Estefanía (@stefydesign) December 9, 2016
Ticketmaster mobile app worked perfectly for Guns N' Roses tickets for some reason, don't use the website if you're looking ☺— Jamie Farrelly (@Jamie_Farrelly) December 9, 2016
I was too young n 92 to go to Slane but 2016 I'm gud to go Guns n Roses baby #gunsnroses— Тоny✈ (@TonyKB777) December 9, 2016
Tickets to Guns N Roses sorted, happy Friday— Rachael Linehan (@Rach_linehan) December 9, 2016
Guns N Roses, Slane, May 2017: I'm there! pic.twitter.com/zLCpnT43d4— Victoria Stokes (@victorialstokes) December 9, 2016
Speaking about the announcement on Monday, Lord Henry Mountcharles said: We are really thrilled to have one of the most exciting rock n' roll bands in the world coming back to Slane 25 years after they first played, the same month in 1992 which was critically considered to be one of the best Slane’s ever."
Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.