Friday, 18 May 2012

GONE IN A BLUR



Tickets to see Blur play at the Margate Winter Gardens on August 1st sold out in record time this morning, leaving many local fans who queued up for hours understandably disappointed when they had to leave empty-handed. I've been hearing rumours that only 300 tickets were available from the Winter Gardens box office - which suggests the remaining 1,600 were put up for sale on the Eventim website.

As far as I understood it, the first batch of Blur tickets on Eventim were made available on Wednesday as an exclusive presale to fans, and then a second batch was released today to the general public. However, I've been seeing some tweets from people claiming that Eventim may have misled its customers by selling out their entire supply of Blur tickets on the presale date, meaning that many logged onto the website at 9am to find there were no tickets left to buy. This doesn't appear to have been confirmed or denied by Eventim.

What I can say for definite is that out of curiosity my girlfriend logged onto the Eventim website at 9am and it said Winter Gardens tickets were 'currently not available' so either they sold out in just under 5 minutes or they weren't there to start with. It's very strange, but it just goes to prove that Blur tickets were snapped up like gold dust, vanishing before people's eyes in what appears to be a mind-boggling split-second or two.

Meanwhile, the KM Twitter page reported that somebody camped outside the Margate Winter Gardens overnight since 3.30am to bag some tickets, and reportedly the queue stretched halfway down Fort Crescent. Judging by a tweet, it seems that tickets on the door at the Winter Gardens sold out in approximately 1 hour 27 mins. This means that 1 ticket was sold for every 30 seconds. The staff at the Winter Gardens must have had a very busy morning, that's all I can say!

So... Did I get tickets? Somehow, yes. I don't want to boast, as it was more by luck than judgement. I just hope Blur take a note of the high demand and decide to put on an extra date at the Winter Gardens out of the goodness of their hearts. I wouldn't bank on it, but I don't like to think of so many people being unhappy that they missed out on getting hold of some tickets.

While we're on the subject, I see that some opportunistic ticket scalpers have already put Blur Winter Gardens tickets up for sale on Viagogo, with prices running from a whopping £249.99 per ticket. Reselling tickets at overly inflated prices is utterly disgusting in my book, I find it morally reprehensible - they're the lowest of the low. I'd like to warn people that the Winter Gardens will be turning away people who cannot prove they were the ones who originally purchased the tickets, meaning that you'll have to show ID, a debit card and proof of purchase.

If you're crazy enough to buy your Blur tickets from Viagogo, there is a stipulation which states you will need to be accompanied into the venue with the seller. Essentially, that means you'll be coming face-to-face with the person who has conned the living daylights out of you. So... whoever that person happens to be, smack 'em in the face for me, would you? Ticket touts deserve nothing less than a punch up the bracket, don't you agree?

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2 comments:

  1. 3 tickets have also made it to ebay, last check showed 2 being sold together with bids to £102 at last check and a single with bids up to £56, neither include P&P!

    Shocking and shameful!

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  2. I only noticed Blur were playing Margate thanks to your blog, but surely those die hard fans would not have had to queue had they just signed up to the Blur mailing list in advance like I did?

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