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Saturday 21 July 2018

'U2 fans being gouged', says TD Rock as tickets go on resale for €500

Mick Flanagan, Sean Stevens and Caoimin Seery got tickets
Mick Flanagan, Sean Stevens and Caoimin Seery got tickets

Thousands of U2 fans still haven't found what they're looking for after tickets for the band's gigs sold out in minutes, with resale sites offering them for more than €500.

Tickets for four gigs at the 3Arena were gone in an instant, with Fine Gael TD Noel Rock blaming ticket "touts" for price "gouging".

Prices started at €40.50 for the Experience + Innocence Tour dates on November 5, 6, 9 and 10, but standard tickets were, unsurprisingly, whipped up quickly.

It is understood that all standing tickets for the gig were sold directly from the 3Arena yesterday morning and are paperless, meaning those who bought them can only collect them on the night using their credit card.

However, resale websites sold non-standing tickets starting at €500.

Some tickets were described as having "restricted" or "limited" views and went on sale for more than €250.

Gouge

Mr Rock has been trying to bring in legislation to curb the resale of tickets.

He labelled the trend that follows the release of tickets for big Irish entertainment events a "disgrace".

"Today's outrageous cornering of the market by touts whose only goal is to gouge hard-working fans is an absolute disgrace and shows clearly the problem we have here," he said.

"This is now happening on a weekly basis with concerts big and small, as well as larger sporting events.

"People know they can make a quick few quid by snapping up tickets via advance sales, and make at least double their money back.

"If the companies that are charged with selling tickets wanted to stamp out this practice, they could easily have done so.

The Dublin North-West TD called for legislation to be brought forward urgently on the matter.

"This situation cannot continue. The ticketing industry cannot be relied on to regulate itself," he said.

"Time and time again, they promise that things will change, and time and time again they fail to change things.

"It's time then for the Government to step in with tough legislation."

U2 are returning to Dublin in November, just over a year after their Joshua Tree tour filled Croke Park.

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