Ed Sheeran said he’s “deeply concerned” about online touts who are selling his UK tour tickets for up to £1,000 each.
Ed Sheeran said that he’s “deeply concerned” about touts who are re-selling his UK tour tickets online for up to £1,000 each, and is asking his fans not to purchase them at such inflated prices.
Dozens of listings for Ed Sheeran’s UK tour concerts have appeared on secondary ticketing sites, as touts buy the tickets at normal prices and re-sell them online at inflated prices for a profit. This happened just minutes after the tickets started going on sale.
Ed Sheeran’s representative told the Press Association: “We are vehemently opposed to the unethical practices that occur in the secondary market.
“We have written to each of our partners, be they promoters, venues or ticketing companies detailing the way in which we expect tickets to be sold: direct to fans.
“We have also partnered with a company called Twickets, which is a site aimed at the ethical resale of tickets.
“It allows fans to swap tickets at face value or less; we are pushing them as the official resale partner and a safe place for fans to swap tickets.
“We are aware and deeply concerned about the websites in question and have urged all fans not to engage with them in order to avoid being ripped off with higher prices or, potentially, counterfeit tickets.
“Once again, we urge all fans to only purchase tickets through official vendors.”
The official vendors include the official venue websites as well as: Alt Tickets, Amazon, AXS, Gigantic, My Ticket, See Tickets, Ticketmaster, The Ticket Factory and Tickets Scotland.
Comments from Secondary Sites
A StubHub spokeswoman said: “Owned by eBay, StubHub provides a safe and secure marketplace for fans. Like all marketplaces, the prices are set by sellers and what they think the market will bear.
“Sometimes this is above the original face value but it’s important to note that sellers can change their list price at any time before the tickets sell.
“We often see prices decline as an event approaches and on average 40% of tickets on StubHub sell for face value or below.”
A spokesman for eBay also confirmed that tickets at inflated prices have been removed from their website. He said: “Tickets for gigs are not allowed on eBay and any listings will be removed.”