Ariana Grande’s benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack last week is taking place this weekend. When tickets went on sale, they sold out in under 6 minutes but people who attended the original Manchester Arena show could get free tickets to the benefit.
But now outlets like Ticketmaster are reporting thousands of “unscrupulous” requests for the free tickets from people that didn’t actually attend the first event. What’s more, some people who purchased tickets may re-sell them for a higher price on these outlets. All four major UK ticket resale sites have promised to do everything in their power to stop any people from profiting from the benefit event.
Companies like eBay stated “All tickets for the One Love Manchester event will most certainly be removed by the team who are doing manual sweeps to pick up any that slip through. We also aren’t allowing the sale of any item which profits in any way from the tragedy in Manchester. All of these items are being removed if they appear, and the sellers’ accounts will be restricted”.
As for free ticket requests, there are reportedly over 10,000 of these “unscrupulous applications.”
Complete Music Update reports:
But secondary ticketing is still causing some issues for organisers of One Love Manchester because of the commitment to offer free tickets to anyone who attended the Ariana Grande show where the bombing took place on 22 May. 14,200 people were at the 22 May concert, but over 25,000 people have applied for the free tickets to this weekend’s show.
Ticketmaster is handling this weekend’s event ticketing and said they were “doing everything we can to ensure that tickets go to the actual fans and not the opportunists or touts who have also been applying for free tickets.”