Ra­dio­head Take On The Touts

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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.”

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