Fans of The Arctic Monkeys have been left raging after tickets for their sell-out gigs were being resold minutes later for thousands of pounds.
The Sheffield-based band are touring this September, and tickets for the highly anticipated gigs went on sale this morning at 9am, as fans waited patiently in internet queues.
But people were left angry when discovering their efforts had been for nothing and that the tickets had all sold out… only to see them advertised elsewhere moments later for many times their original value.
Websites like Viagogo have hundreds of tickets listed for the band’s upcoming gigs at hugely inflated prices – purchased by shrewd scalpers seeing an opportunity to make a quick profit.
Prices had started on Ticketmaster from as little as £44.65 for standing entry at their Manchester Arena date, but are now exchanging hands by touts for hundreds of pounds – and in some cases thousands.
Some noted how one seller was flogging a level one ticket for the O2 Arena date in London for an incredible £4,840.
Fans who’d set their alarms and queued up online were left disappointed and fuming that they’d missed out only for others to nab them solely to make money off of the fanbase.
Some even preempted the touts…
Congrats to all the touts that get Arctic Monkeys tickets tomorrow.
Lots of love,
The real fans who once again will miss out
— Eve ☼ (@bIownrose) April 12, 2018
Generally, people were thoroughly unimpressed by their actions.
Mad how it’s easier to buy a gun in the USA than Arctic Monkeys tickets in the U.K.
— Travis (@Travishwm) April 13, 2018
As if arctic monkeys sold out in about 14 seconds looooool see you on the next tour boys lmao
— Mol B✨ (@Molly_Blair98) April 13, 2018
The band did tweet a lifeline for fans that had missed out, confirming extra dates to the tour just minutes after the initial batch went on sale and subsequently sold out.
— Arctic Monkeys (@ArcticMonkeys) April 13, 2018
But some still weren’t happy…
Sort ticket master out plz
— jess monaghan (@jessmonaghannn) April 13, 2018
But still nothing in Scotland?
— kailtin (@kaitz__) April 13, 2018
Got in Manchester queue when there was 7 minutes left on the timer and they're sold out yet my mate refreshed on 15 seconds and got 3 tickets? Makes sense
— Jordan (@urmjord) April 13, 2018
Would help if any of the sites worked
— Sam (@SamTallantire) April 13, 2018
Others decided that snark was the best remedy for disappointment.
It’s sad the amount of people who’ve missed out on arctic monkeys tickets to people who’ve probably listened to “Do I wanna know” twice
— Jac (@jacsimmo2810) April 13, 2018
Oh you like Arctic Monkeys? Name three songs other than Underdog, Not Nineteen Forever and Wonderwall. I’ll wait…
— Jacob (@itfcjacob) April 13, 2018
Maybe the real Arctic Monkeys tickets were the friends we made along the way
— elliot (@deadnightagain) April 13, 2018