TOUTS trying to cash in on Damon Albarn’s surprise show at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea have been told – you’re not welcome.
The bold message by the music venue comes after 100,000 people swamped its website yesterday as they desperately tried to bag a ticket to see the former Blur frontman perform on May 31.
The site couldn’t cope with the chaos so fans were diverted to See Tickets – but later in the morning touts who picked up their share were selling them on websites like viagogo for up to £195 and more – when their face value was just £19.50.
Only 400 tickets were available, and they were snapped up just minutes after they become available at 9am.
Now, Geoff Priestley, general manager of the Wedgewood Rooms said he will ensure no-one with a ticket bought off a tout gets in to the show.
‘We have been operating our website for five years and we have dealt with all sorts of things, but we have never dealt with that amount of traffic,’ he said.
‘We don’t like touters, they see an opportunity to make money. It’s people using an opportunity to take advantage of real fans who want a ticket.’
A record of who has bought genuine tickets off See Tickets has been kept and only those people will be allowed in.
Fans will need to bring the card they bought it with and a confirmation email.
Fans have since taken to The News’ Facebook page to voice their frustration over being unable to get tickets over touts – who bought event tickets and sell them on at heavily inflated prices.
Michelle Sammars said: ‘Tried and failed. Gutted to say the least. Should be sold firstly to people in the Portsmouth area and should have a limit on sales per person.’
Dean Martin added: ‘I do not think these sites should be allowed, it is blatant touting online, as touts would not be allowed to stand outside the venue and sell tickets at the vastly inflated prices, so why should it be acceptable online.’
Mr Albarn, who releases his debut solo album Everyday Robots on Monday, was unavailable for comment.