Desperate parents have forked out up to $5000 to ticket scalpers for One Direction concert tickets.
And bids of up to $13,000 are being made for the last four tickets to the British-Irish boy band’s Sydney concert on April 13.
Two Sydney concerts and a New Zealand gig also sold out instantly – over 10,000 tickets snapped by rabid teens, pre-teens and helpful parents.
Frustrated parents found themselves in an online queue waiting to purchase tickets through the official channel – Ticketek – while hundreds of over-priced tickets popped up on eBay having been snapped up in a pre-sale.
Scalpers were asking between $399 and $5000 for Melbourne concert tickets and up to $999 for tickets in Sydney.
One Direction fan Jessica Critchley-Roy, 12, said she burst into tears when she found out the concert had sold out.
“I am so disappointed because I’ve been looking forward to this for ages,” she said.
“I knew a lot of people would want to go but I really thought I would get tickets. I cried a lot when I heard they had sold out.”
The tween’s mum, Cheryl, had logged on to the Ticketek site at 7am – two hours before the tickets officially went on sale – only to be informed she was in a queue behind people who were already purchasing.
“It’s pathetic – we never had a hope in hell,” Ms Critchley said.
Another parent, Simone Ballard, said despite repeatedly phoning Ticketek and joining the online queue, she too missed out on tickets.
“I am a Ticketek member so I normally get notified about pre-sale tickets but there was nothing about One Direction tickets,” she said.
“I don’t understand how all these people were able to buy tickets before they went on sale.
“How can they all sell out in three minutes then turn up on eBay for an exorbitant price straight away?”
Ms Ballard said she had seen tickets selling on eBay for $5000, but couldn’t afford to shell out that much for a concert.
“It’s just unfair,” she said.
The One Direction scalping dabacle follows a similar problem with Radiohead‘s concert tickets yesterday.
Two pre-sales earlier this week led to professional concert scalpers charging up to three times the face value of Radiohead’s $130 tickets.
No more shows will be added to One Direction’s itinerary at this stage, though the band’s promoters are hopeful the group will return for a more extended national tour and have called for fans to register their interest.
The group will not be performing at this year’s Logie awards as rumoured.
One Direction formed on the UK’s X Factor and have created pop hysteria akin to five Justin Biebers in the one group.
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