Thursday 22 March 2018

Warning for Sheeran fans over fake ticket scam

Ed Sheeran is now playing nine dates in Ireland next year. Photo: AP
Ed Sheeran is now playing nine dates in Ireland next year. Photo: AP

Sean O'Grady

Ed Sheeran fans have been warned to beware buying fake tickets to the singer's Irish concerts next year.

Sheeran is playing seven dates on Irish soil and fans who missed out on tickets have been warned not to purchase any from secondary sites, as they are not valid. "We once again caution fans to beware of fraudulent and invalid tickets and websites," the organiser of the gigs, Aiken Promotions, said.

"We cannot guarantee tickets listed on these sites or on sale from secondary sellers are valid or actually exist. In our opinion most if not all tickets offered for sale may not actually exist.

"Anyone can list something for sale on these sites and there is no guarantee the seller actually has tickets."

Some websites have been offering e-tickets or print-at-home tickets, which organisers stressed do not exist for any of the concerts and must be avoided.

More than 300,000 tickets were purchased for Sheeran's Irish tour on the day they went on sale. His Dublin dates on May 16 and 18 have sold out, along with his stops in Belfast, Galway and Cork.

Some fans queued overnight to ensure they would have tickets to the shows, with promoters saying there were "queues at all outlets around the country".

Ticketmaster also issued a statement, saying fans would not be admitted to gigs without a valid ticket.

Regular tickets for next year's Galway, Dublin and Cork gigs were originally sold through Ticketmaster for €81 and €91.

Irish Independent

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