Scalpers cash in on bomb benefit gig


TICKETS for Ariana Grande’s tribute concert for the victims of the Manchester bombing are already being touted online for five times the cost.

Fans have slammed the resale of the tickets, which had sold out on the official website in minutes, labelling it as “disgusting”, reports The Sun.

media_cameraAriana Grande will return to Manchester to perform at a benefit concert for victims of the Manchester bombing. Picture: AFP/Jewel Samad

In one eBay posting, two standing tickets were offered for £400 (A$690) with the seller asking for 65p (A$1.10) to cover postage — the listing was posted at 10.44am, barely an hour after the tickets had gone on sale.

Another set of tickets were put online for sale, with four standing tickets advertised for £500

Online selling site eBay has confirmed any ticket sales are automatically removed, saying a team was also performing “manual sweeps” to pick up the advertisements.

media_cameraTicket prices to the sold-out show are being bumped up online. Picture: Twitter/eBay

Ticketmaster has also warned that tickets will be given direct to fans, saying: “We are cancelling tickets of those who are reselling wherever possible.”

An eBay spokesman said: “This is completely against eBay rules.

“We are immediately removing any listing which attempts to profit unfairly from what happened, and the sellers’ accounts will be restricted.

“Shoppers can give directly to Manchester via the Red Cross at checkout.”

Fans also slammed the sale, with one saying: “This is actually disgusting”, sharing a screengrab of the tickets being touted online.

But others desperate to go to the concert also took to social media, begging to buy some tickets and offering to pay whatever it took.

media_cameraChris Martin and Coldplay will perform at the gig. Picture: Michael Zorn/Invision/AP

media_cameraOne direction star Niall Horan will play at the show. Picture: Donald Traill/Invision/AP

All proceeds of tickets, which cost from £40 ($70) each, will go to the victims of the tragedy when sold through official channels.

The sale comes after thousands of people inundated the Ticketmaster site in hopes of attending the tribute gig.

Pop star Ariana Grande had announced the concert, telling her fans she did not want hate to win in the wake of the attack that saw 22 people killed.

media_cameraPreparations take place ahead of Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert this coming Sunday. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA via AP

The massive gig, which is being organised by Live Nation, will be held at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground almost two weeks after the horrifying terrorist attack at the city’s MEN Arena.

Madonna has been rumoured as a performer at the tribute concert, to be held this Sunday June 4.

Concertgoers have been warned not to take bags to the show, for “speed” of entry.

media_cameraMiley Cyrus is on the line-up. Picture: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

media_cameraKaty Perry will perform in Manchester. Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Ticketmaster said: “Ticketmaster was unsurprisingly met with remarkable demand for One Love Manchester tickets we had on sale this morning — 140,000 fans were on the website and our call centre was buzzing.

“With over 450,000 searches on our site for One Love Manchester over the last 24 hours, demand was always going to be extremely high.

media_cameraJustin Bieber will support his good mate Ariana Grande at the show. Picture: Instagram

“We are happy to report that there are thousands of fans who successfully purchased tickets during the general sale.”

Ticketmaster confirmed secondary ticket sites such as Viagogo had agreed not to resell tickets for the concert on their websites.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.

Originally published as Scalpers cash in on bomb benefit gig

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