Last week, I tried buying tickets for The Hip’s final concert tour.
I wasn’t able to get them on Day 1 of the presale, nor Day 2 when they added three more shows. There were no tickets available when I tried with my AMEX “Front of the Line” code on Day 3, and unfortunately, I missed the start time when the tickets went on sale to the general public. There were none left by the time I logged in an hour late.
If you’re a fan who just wanted to pay a fair price to attend a concert, chances are you got shut out.
There’s been a lot of venom aimed at Ticketmaster, the company that sells tickets for the majority of venues hosting concerts. Within minutes after Hip tickets went on sale on the first presale day, they were appearing on sites like StubHub at double, triple, sometimes four times the price!
It’s a shame the pleasure of listening to live music is now reduced to a money-making scheme for some. There were always ticket scalpers, but even they cannot compete with the bots who scoop up all the tickets.
On a positive note, there is talk the CBC may televise The Hip’s final concert in Kingston.
Let’s wait and see. In the meantime, enjoy “New Orleans is Sinking” and have a great week.