Tickets for Lizzo’s highly anticipated show at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre sold out in record time on Friday morning, leaving many fans disappointed.
A presale took place earlier in the week, with the remaining tickets appearing to sell out within seconds of going on sale at 10am on Friday.
But while the original tickets which were on sale from €39.50 to €45, Ticketmaster is facing criticism for selling ‘Platinum’ tickets through their site at €140 each – more than three times their original price.
Hey @lizzo ! me and my mates tried to buy several tickets to your show in Dublin but they sold out after 1 min!?Turns out they’re being re-sold on the same site for double the price! @TicketmasterIre your system is a total scam and unfair to fans. Shame on you pic.twitter.com/sgKhmNrXqA
— Lucy Blennerhassett (@CoolPlanet_Lucy) July 12, 2019
As well as the “resale” Lizzo tickets there also seems to be a limited number of “platinum” tickets still available, which on investigation are just normal tickets at three times the price. pic.twitter.com/0IvHJJ9P69
— Emer McLysaght (@EmerTheScreamer) July 12, 2019
Ticketmaster states on its website that platinum tickets ‘give fans safe and fair access to some of the most in-demand tickets in the house at market-driven prices’.
It adds, ‘These aren’t resale tickets. Platinum tickets are being sold for the very first time through Ticketmaster. The prices are adjusted according to supply and demand, similar to how airline tickets and hotel rooms are sold.’
Re-sale tickets are also available on the site, which are meant to be sold by fans at the price they paid or less, though there were reports of these tickets also being resold at €140 each.
Same, now they're resold for €140. It's a mess pic.twitter.com/m6bI2j8UFR
— Ken O Mahony (@kennethom) July 12, 2019
Lizzo, who is set to perform at the Dame Street venue on November 10, responded to fan complaints by promising to return with an arena show next year, adding, ‘I want everyone to see the show.’