Thousands of insensitive touts tried to take advantage of Ariana Grande’s free Manchester benefit concert tickets today.
10,000 touts tried to claim free tickets to the One Love Manchester benefit concert which is hosted to raise money for those affected by last Monday’s awful terror attack.
Ticketmaster has now revealed more than “10,000 unscrupulous applications” were made for free tickets to Ariana’s benefit concert which is on Sunday.
Ariana allowed fans who were at her Manchester MEN Arena concert when the attack took place to claim free tickets to Sunday’s benefit gig. Sadly 10,000 heartless people tried to blag tickets as well.
A spokesperson for Ticketmaster said: “We have set aside tickets for the 14,200 people who were at the Ariana Grande concert to attend One Love Manchester for free.
“More than 25,000 people applied for them. Sadly, over 10,000 unscrupulous applications have been made.
“At Ticketmaster we are doing everything we can – including extending today’s deadline – to ensure that tickets go to the actual fans and not the opportunists or touts who have also been applying for free tickets.”
Tickets for Ariana’s benefit gig sold out in 6 minutes on Thursday morning, and now, even though many resell sites have banned these tickets from being sold, sites like eBay had tickets listed.
Auction site eBay has now removed many tickets for the benefit gig from their site as they were being sold at extortionate prices.
An eBay spokesperson said: “We don’t allow the sale of any type of ticket on eBay so these will be removed automatically. All tickets for this event will most certainly be removed by the team who are doing manual sweeps to pick up any that slip through.”
Some of the planet’s biggest and best pop stars are heading to Manchester for a benefit concert which is expected to raise at least £2m for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack and the families who were affected.
Ariana Grande will play the special concert at Emirates Old Trafford as well as Coldplay, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Take That, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Niall Horan from One Direction, Little Mix and Robbie Williams.
More names are expected to be announced in due course.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will go to an emergency fund set up by the city of Manchester and the British Red Cross.
The venue has a 50,000 capacity and the gig will be live broadcasted on BBC TV and radio, so don’t be sad if you missed out on tickets.
Make sure you follow @TwitCelebGossip on Twitter as we’ll be live at the venue on Sunday for the show, so expect live streams, pictures and gossip.