Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

More than 10000 'unscrupulous applications' for Manchester benefit gig tickets


Sunday's concert, to be held at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground, will be broadcast on BBC One and is expected to raise more than £2m for the Red Cross fund. "We are cancelling tickets of those who are reselling wherever possible".

Five young schoolgirls, who were caught up in the Manchester Arena bomb blast, were left "gutted" today after probably missing out on the chance to go to Sunday's benefit concert due to greedy ticket touts.

Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry will join Ariana Grande at a charity concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday.

Shortly after, eBay's UK Twitter warned resellers against listing tickets, which originally sold for £40 (roughly $45), on its site.

All 14,200 fans who saw Ariana Grande's gig at Manchester Arena on May 22 - where 22 people were killed and 116 were injured - have been offered free tickets.

Ticketmaster confirmed secondary ticket sites such as Viagogo had agreed not to resell tickets for the concert on their websites.

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The concert ticket seller is also policing for scalpers trying to resell tickets. While a Twitter fan account for the concert made the widely-shared claim that the concert "sold out in six minutes", that claim has not been verified by Ticketmaster or Grande's representatives.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund to support grieving families and victims of the attack, but it appears people are looking to cash in by selling tickets at inflated prices. We worked through the night and verified thousands of original bookings although there were some we could not verify.

The insider added: 'Talks are very much ongoing and if they can make the timings work then it would be a very special reunion indeed'.

Infuriatingly, Ticketmaster also says that almost 25,000 people applied for the free tickets supplied to anyone who was at Grande's Manchester gig last month, when only 14,200 were actually in attendance.

The former culture, media and sport shadow secretary said: "It would be disgraceful to fleece fans using an occasion like this, charging a mark-up which would go in the touts' pockets rather than helping people caught up in this tragic event".

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