Tickets for the Radiohead shows in Australia and New Zealand went on sale this morning, but were gone in minutes.
Radiohead are set to return Down Under for the first time in eight years this november. Five Australian shows and one in New Zealand went on sale this morning at 9am (local time). Beforehand the promotor stated that no extra shows would be added.
Talking to Herald Sun, a spokesperson for promotor Chugg Entertainment said: “It comes down to simple supply and demand and unfortunately there were never going to be enough tickets to accommodate every Radiohead fan wishing to purchase.”
On top of that, in yesterday’s pre-sale there was a technical glitch on Ticketmaster’s website. Promotor Chugg Entertainment responded in a statement: “Those who tried to buy tickets to the Sydney shows, we have followed up your feedback with Ticketmaster and they have advised that due to overwhelming demand for Radiohead tickets today Ticketmaster experienced a technical issue with the delivery methods made available to purchasers. The issue was rectified as a matter of urgency and all available pre-sale tickets were snapped up quickly.”
In a telephone interview Chris Forbes, CEO of Ticketmaster Australia and New Zealand, told Casey Weekly that the issue affected only those that selected the electronic delivery of tickets as opposed to getting them sent in the mail.
Promotor on Scalper hunt
When it comes to scalping, the promoter has threatened to cancel the scalped tickets. Chugg: “As you can see when you go on to eBay, professional scalpers list tickets with vague details on seating locations but rarely ever get specific about seat or ticket numbers, as this information would allow us to track who they are and cancel their tickets. We are regularly scanning listings to look for tickets that we are able to cancel and will continue to do so up until the tour.”
According to the Herald Sun, Queensland Radiohead fans are protected by anti-scalping legislation in place in that state – ticket scalping over 10 per cent of the face value is an offence and can lead to a fine of $2000 for buyers or sellers who are caught.
New Zealand fans turn to Facebook
In New Zealand, disappointed Radiohead fans are pleading for the band to play a second New Zealand concert after 12,000 tickets to their one Auckland show at the Vector Arena sold out in 19 minutes this morning. Fans who missed out have taken to the Facebook pages of Ticketmaster and promoter Chugg Entertainment to plead for another New Zealand show.
Following the almost instant sell-out of the Australian Radiohead tour, the page, titled ‘Radiohead Ticket Swap’, offers a place for fans who bought tickets to swap them for other dates or other seats, noise11.com writes. eBay currently has 68 results for Radiohead tickets, selling from $300-$699 each and up to $1,199 for a pair.
Just after the shows in Australia and New Zealand sold out, Radiohead announced a setup with Ticket Trust for the band’s UK tour.