Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Desperate View fans hit Internet

Desperate fans of Dundee rockers The View are paying well over the odds to secure tickets for the band’s hometown gig.

Tickets for the Caird Hall concert, on February 13, sold out just hours after going on sale.

Returning to promote hotly-anticipated new album Which Bitch? — released on February 2 — it’s the second time in 18 months The View have sold out the 2300-capacity venue.

Now, fans have turned to Internet auction sites in a bid to get a ticket, despite briefs being sold for hugely inflated prices.

Bidding wars are breaking out online as devotees fight for the chance to see their heroes.

The auctions are attracting bids from up to 12 different people at a time, with a pair of standing tickets on eBay selling for up to £52 — despite being £13 each at face value.

Demand has been just as high on other re-sale outlets, with ticket exchange website Seatwave down to its last two tickets — despite selling a pair for £86, including postage and packing.

Sold Out Events is selling briefs at £66 each, while activity has been hectic on ticket marketplace Get Me In!

Music fan Andrew Barbour, of Dundee, said, “A lot of people were left disappointed because the tickets sold out so quickly. Lots of fans are missing out because some people bought tickets just to make a killing.

“There’s not many tickets going spare so people are turning to the web. Nobody wants to pay well over the odds but they are desperate and time is running out.

“Even with the credit crunch, it just shows how far The View’s fans will go to make sure they are there. It’s the hottest ticket of the year and I’m not surprised at the demand.”

Another fan said, “Most bands are charging £30 and £35 for a gig ticket these days. The View are the band of the people. They could have charged more than £13 a ticket but they didn’t.

“It’s annoying that we’re having to go on eBay to get tickets but, even if we pay twice or three times face value, it’s not going to be too big a dent in the pouch.”

An eBay spokesperson defended the resale of tickets, however, describing the secondary market as “a legitimate one which benefits consumers.”

While many fans are paying much more than they should to see the band in Dundee, some are going further afield to watch Kieren Webster, Kyle Falconer, Pete Reilly and Steven Morrison in action.

It’s understood some of the band’s diehard fans have got tickets for every date of the forthcoming UK tour.

But the Dundee gig is without doubt the pick of the bunch and the Dryburgh boys can’t wait to take to the stage.

“It’s the biggest gig in Dundee and has a lot of history with all the great bands that have played there,” Kieren said.

“We had a fantastic gig there two years ago and we want to make it even better this time.”

By Graeme Strachan, The Evening Telegraph, 27th January 2009


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