For some of you, Beyoncé’s post-Super Bowl world tour announcement was irrelevant as the world’s biggest musical superstar had already announced new dates earlier on in the week.
Yes, before the “Drunk in Love” singer had even dropped her new single “Formation” last Saturday, Springsteen fever had most certainly reached Dublin as The Boss revealed a Croke Park show for May 27, sending fans into a frenzy.
Needless to say, tickets flew out the door in Ireland when they went on sale yesterday and a second date on May 29 was quickly added. Both shows with 164,000 tickets sold out in a mere two hours with many Irish Bruce Springsteen fans still left dismayed at not acquiring a ticket.
As with any musical events as large as this, of course, come the people trying to make a quick buck and tickets were quickly on resale for extortionate prices.
Without realizing tickets were on sale for a second date yesterday, a disappointed Lillian McRory was scouring the Internet for tickets, finding plenty on second-hand ticket marketplace Seatwave, which is is officially associated with Ticketmaster.
Although its link with Ticketmaster means that Seatwave tickets can be trusted and you’re not going to lose your money on a make-believe ticket, sellers can still name their own price and they have been taking extreme advantage of all the Bruce buzz with prices absolutely through the roof.
Lillian and her husband are massive Springsteen fans and they were hoping to bring two nieces along with them to the gig and so they even showed interest in the more extreme prices they were quoted.
Sending in some great examples to Joe.ie, the couple were quoted a ridiculous $10,236.16 (€9,103.26) including booking fee for six tickets in the lower tier of the Hogan Stand in Croke Park and $5554.67 (€4,939.90) for 10 standing tickets on the pitch including booking fee.
Originally priced at between $73.60 and $147.30 (€65.45 and €131), many touts are now selling tickets for an average of $281.11 (€250), four times the original asking price, and still rising.
The shows’ organizers Aiken Promotion have issued a statement calling on fans not to buy second-hand tickets, however.
“Aiken Promotions strongly advises patrons not to purchase tickets from any website or secondary seller, as they may not be genuine tickets,” the said in an official statement.
Despite the obvious demand for more tickets, a third date has been ruled out by The Boss and disappointed fans will have to dry their tears with the pages of his recently announced new autobiography “Born to Run” which is due to hit shelves in September.
What's the most you'd be willing to pay to see your favorite in concert? Was it worth it?H/T: Joe.ie