Aiken Promotions has taken a step further than most promoters in issuing a formal warning to fans to beware of purchasing tickets for concerts from secondary websites.
Ahead of the release of general tickets for German metal band Rammstein at Belfast’s Boucher Fields next summer Aikens warned fans on its website that “All information about legitimate presale sites for official presale can be found at rammstein.com. Any other ticket vendors offering Rammstein tickets for sale ahead of general release are NOT AUTHORIZED.”
“Please only buy tickets through authorized ticket providers (for Belfast Show, the only authorized local ticket provider is Ticketmaster). Rammstein tickets purchased from unauthorized traders will not be valid for admission.”
Tickets only go on general release this morning but ones which had been purchased in the last 24 hours during the official fan presage period had been offered for sale at what Aikens said were “listed at highly inflated prices”.
“We would like to remind customers that when searching online for tickets to please be aware that the first option being shown on search engines may not be the official ticketing website.”
“We strongly urge customers not to purchase tickets from any secondary site.”
As of this morning Viagogo, the most popular of the secondary sites and which shows up first for any search of Rammstein tickets was listing the Belfast concert as sold out but that is likely to change once the general tickets go on sale.
The bands next concert is in Brussels next Wednesday. Viagogo is listing tickets for that from prices ranging from €97 to over €500 with a total of 709 tickets said to be available for the 50,000 seater King Baudouin Stadium concert.
Legislation prohibiting the sale in Ireland of tickets at above face value is currently being considered.
Whether it makes it through the legislative process in time before a next general election is uncertain as is how international ticket sales would be policed.
Rammstein’s only concert currently planned for Britain or Ireland in 2020 is the one at Boucher Fields, increasing demand further.