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U2 sell out in minutes – but fans not too happy with Ticketmaster

NewsBy Karl Doyle
U2 - still popular, it seems
U2 - still popular, it seems

U2 – love ‘em or loathe ‘em, they’re still one of the biggest draws in rock.

And so it proved for Irish punters once again this morning as the group’s Innocence + Experience tour shows at 3Arena in Dublin and the SSE Arena in Belfast sold out in minutes.

The Ticketmaster website was bombarded when the tickets went on sale at 9am this morning, with many reporting long waits in the ‘virtual queuing system’ and eventually ending up empty-handed.

Over 50,000 tickets were snapped up for the eagerly-anticipated shows in November.

Apart from fans’ frustration at the long wait - when they thought they were assured of a ticket while the onscreen alert reminded them not to refresh the page for fear of ‘losing their place in the line’ – a slew of callers to Today FM’s Anton Savage show complained that they were shocked when they bagged their lucky tickets to discover that they had been assigned student tickets.

One couple in their 50s said they were extremely miffed, as you would have to provide a student ID card on the night – so there was no way they could use their tickets. Many other callers said they had selected the ‘standing’ option but were also given student tickets instead.

Within minutes of the shows being sold out tickets had begun appearing on websites such as DoneDeal.