Tickets for the forthcoming Phil Collins concert at Liverpool’s Echo Arena have already appeared on an unofficial ticket re-selling website at sky-high prices.
Concert ticket re-selling website Viagogo has this week been advertising tickets for sale with an asking price of up to £8,999.10 – even though the tickets only go on general public sale from 9am today.
The cheapest tickets for the same concert being advertised by Viagogo yesterday had a price tag of £175.12. In contrast, the Echo Arena’s website shows ticket prices ranging between £71.50 and £130 (including administration fee).
Conservative MP Nigel Adams has been campaigning against sky-high prices and just this week identified Viagogo as a prime culprit during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.
The MP for Selby and Ainsty urged the Government: "to ensure genuine fans are not fleeced by ticket touts and rogues".
Responding to news of the £8,999.10 ticket, he told the ECHO: "This is another outrageous attempt to fleece genuine music fans. I was glad to be able to raise this issue at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, and am pleased with the Government’s commitment to act, but since my question was aired, more and more music fans have got in touch with me to share their experiences, and I’m dismayed that I’ve heard ever more ludicrous examples of fans being ripped off.
"£9,000 for tickets, none of which will go to the artist, the tour team, the creative personnel behind the scenes, or the venue – that’s parasitic. And to ask a fan to pay that much without even displaying the seat row and number, as required by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, is a blatant attempt to take advantage of the customer."
ECHO Arena spokesman Kofi Ohene-Djan, said the venue had no control over the prices charged by ticket touts and the activities of re-selling websites.
He added: "We keep an eye on them. Customers do contact us to ask why tickets are sold at such prices."
Referring to the £8,999.10 price tag, he said: "Personally, I have not seen that level of inflation."
Mr Ohene-Djan also warned that photo ID will be required for fans seeking entry to the venue on June 2 and that anybody failing to comply could be turned away.
Viagogo could not be contacted by the ECHO today.
On its website the Switzerland-based business describes itself as the "world’s largest ticket marketplace" and states that it acts as an agent for the sale of the tickets and does not set the prices. Instead, prices are set by fans and others looking to re-sell their unwanted tickets through Viagogo.
© Liverpoolecho, by Bill Gleeson
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