One Love Manchester concert: Crackdown on ticket touts

LONDON •Ticketing websites are joining hands to foil any profiteering at tomorrow's concert to raise money for families of victims of the May 22 terror attack in Manchester that claimed 22 lives.

Tickets were snapped up within six minutes after going on sale on Thursday, with anyone present at last month's deadly Ariana Grande concert able to attend tomorrow's show in Manchester for free.

A spokesman for Ticketmaster said more than 10,000 "unscrupulous applications" had been made on Thursday, with people applying for free tickets despite not having attended the original concert.

The ticket operator had set aside 14,200 tickets for those at the May 22 show, but got more than 25,000 applications.

Ticketmaster said it is cancelling tickets of people who were reselling them.

"At Ticketmaster, we are doing everything we can to ensure that tickets go to the actual fans, and not the opportunists or touts who have also been applying for free tickets," the company said.

Several secondary ticketing companies, such as Stubhub and Viagogo, have also pledged not to allow the reselling of tickets on their portals.

Meanwhile, British pop star Robbie Williams and American group The Black Eyed Peas are the latest acts to join Grande at tomorrow's show.

The One Love Manchester gig has attracted a stellar line-up, including Katy Perry, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Usher, Little Mix and One Direction's Niall Horan.

Rumours are also rife that Oasis could reunite for the occasion.

The event at the 50,000-capacity Old Trafford cricket ground will be streamed online and broadcast by the BBC.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2017, with the headline 'One Love Manchester concert: Crackdown on ticket touts'. Print Edition | Subscribe