Radiohead Take On The Touts
Radiohead took precisely 10 minutes to sell-out their June 20 visit to the 3Arena.
In a bid to stop tickets falling into the wrong hands, the band imposed a strict four per person limit with the added provisos that: “The name of the lead attendee will be printed on each ticket. The name cannot be changed once the booking has been made.
“If you are booking more than one ticket your guests must arrive at the concert at the same time as you. Failure to do so will result in the guests being turned away.
“The lead attendee will be asked to present photo ID to gain entry into the venue. Failure to adhere to the terms and conditions may result in the customer’s order being cancelled. There are no exceptions to this rule.”
The band were dismayed in March when, having sold-out in 20 minutes, tickets for their three night residency in the London Roundhouse immediately started appearing on secondary sites for up to £3,900 a pop.
Despite the band’s valiant attempts, tickets for their 3Arena gig are available on secondary Irish sites for €250 (General Reserve Seats) and an eyewatering €600 if you want to occupy Block C Row 32. No mention is made of the conditions attached to their original Ticketmaster sale.
With exorbitant secondary ticket prices comes the increased chance of sophisticated forgeries, which in the UK have started to incorporate security holograms and watermarked paper.
In a public warning issued after the first of the American superstar’s gigs here, Aiken Promotions said: “Last night, for the first night of Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour in Dublin, numerous people arrived with bogus/invalid tickets which had been bought via various different online resale sites. Purchasing from these sites can result in huge financial loss and disappointment for fans who may arrive at the venue only to be refused entry without recourse.”