Tickets for the Manchester benefit concert have sold out within 6 minutes of going on general sale with some of the 45,000 being reserved for those who had attended Ariana Grande’s show at Manchester Arena. Those fans however only had until 4pm yesterday to register their interest.
Thousands of shameless individuals also applied for the free tickets, despite not even being at the original Manchester show where 22 people lost their lives. Ticketmaster responded by saying:
“We have set aside tickets for the 14,200 people who were at the Ariana Grande concert to attend One Love Manchester for free. More than 25,000 people applied for them. Sadly, over 10,000 unscrupulous applications have been made. At Ticketmaster we are doing everything we can – including extending today’s deadline – to ensure that tickets go to the actual fans and not the opportunists or touts who have also been applying for free tickets.”
The demand for tickets has seen a number of issues arise, including touts selling tickets for up to 10 times their face value on Ebay and fans who HAD been at Ariana’s Manchester Arena show having problems registering for the free tickets.
Ticketmaster said in a statement yesterday:
“We understand that there are a number of fans who didn’t receive an email this morning with regards to free tickets for One Love Manchester. We worked through the night and verified thousands of original bookings although there were some we could not verify. We want to give all fans who were at the show, regardless of where they bought their tickets, every opportunity to register for One Love Manchester. We would like to reassure any fans who were at the show that they will receive a free ticket.”
Commenting on the touts who were buying and reselling tickets for the concert at inflated prices, they said this morning that the company was:
“…cancelling tickets of those who are reselling wherever possible”.
The news that touts were once again hoping to make ridiculous amounts of money off the back of tickets for a benefit concert also outraged social media users.
Just found out that touts are selling tickets for the One Love concert in Manchester at inflated prices. They should be deeply ashamed.
— Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) June 1, 2017
the fact that people are on eBay selling tickets at an escalated price for a charity gig is absolutely sickening #onelovemanchester
— Alice (@alicekatemurray) June 1, 2017
No end to the greed of some scum !!!!
One Love Manchester benefit concert: Ticket touts try to cash in – https://t.co/3mLGuRl8Ju
— Nanny janet (@janetlangan2) June 1, 2017
To those selling tickets on EBay for the #OneLoveManchester charity concert for a profit. Hang your head in shame.
— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) June 1, 2017
Absolutely sickens me that touts are trying to cash in on the Manchester one love event , show some respect to the victims and families
— John Kirsop (@Johnkirsop86) June 1, 2017
It was also announced today that global pop sensations Robbie Williams and Little Mix have been added to the already impressive line-up of Ariana, Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Pharell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, for the concert which takes place this Sunday at Emirates Old Trafford.
Proceeds from the concert are to be donated Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund and the show will be broadcast across the BBC networks. ITV have also made a couple of changes to its upcoming schedule including moving the Britain’s Got Talent final from Sunday to Saturday to avoid clashing with the benefit gig.