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so, the foo fighters are playing an "intimate" gig at the astoria next thursday, and i quite fancied going. tickets went on sale this morning at 9am and were sold out by 9.17. that's nearly 2,000 tickets in 17 minutes. so, quite a lot of happy fans with golden tickets then!

a quick glance on ebay would suggest otherwise: there are already 15 of the buggers up there, and i'm sure many more to come. the tickets retailed at £17.50 (and you could probably add about another £4 in the usual rip-off booking fees) - the highest bid for a pair is currently £185.

i'm angry on three counts: the first is that i wasn't able to get a ticket even when me and a friend were redialling, refreshing and tearing our hair out (but i can cope with that, them's the breaks). second is that touting scumbags clearly were able to breeze through the buying process: i don't believe for a second that any of these people accidentally bought too many tickets and so have to sell them on, or have suddenly realised they can't make it - they bought these tickets solely to flog them on ebay. which brings me on to the third target for my ire: the punters. who would pay £90 for a gig ticket? you can get a festival weekend ticket for nearly that and see 50 other bands at the same time! morons. part of me thinks that anyone bidding deserves to have to pay that. if people just showed some sense on ebay, the touts wouldn't bother buying tickets because there'd be no profit in it and the tickets would be bought by the people who actually wanted to see the gig in the first place.

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Date: 2005-08-18 09:59 am (UTC)
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Scalping, touting bastards. I've only seen FF live once and they were out of this world - don't think I've ever seen a band loving what they do quite so much - Grohl is such a charismatic frontman.

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Date: 2005-08-18 10:40 am (UTC)
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The touting thing really pisses me off -- it's becoming worse and worse with the likes of ebay too. I don't think anyone who goes to gigs actually defends the practice. It's just a mechanism which enables rich people who don't really give a fuck to see the band.

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Date: 2005-08-18 01:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm with you there ... On all counts.

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Date: 2005-08-18 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I saw a pair of NIN tickets go for their first, really-hard-to-get-tix-for stint this year going on ebay for over £300, I think. F*cking absurd.

I loathe touts, and would rather miss a gig than buy from one. Whenever I see one, I fervently hope to myself that they have accidentally bought a commodity that leaves them out of pocket. I remember when Jello Biafra played at the Astoria; £8 tickets being sold for £32, a 400% markup. What amused me is that no-one who listens to his ranting would ever indulge such free-market privateering in the first place...

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