Organisers of sold-out Christy Moore concert warn against buying tickets over three times their face value on Viagogo

Ciara O'Loughlin

Organisers of a Christy Moore concert are warning people not to buy tickets to the sold-out concern on Viagogo.

Christy Moore’s Live at the Marquee show in Cork on June 25 is sold out according to organisers Aiken Promotions, so it is advising people not to buy tickets on third-party websites.

Viagogo, an international ticket-selling website, is currently selling tickets for the concert at a price of €179.

This is over three times what they were priced on Ticketmaster at €47.

"It has come to our attention that tickets have been advertised on Viagogo for Christy Moore’s Live at the Marquee Show in Cork on 25th June 2022,” a spokesperson for Aiken Promotions said.

"This show is sold out. We do not know if these tickets are genuine or if the tickets as advertised exist.

"To avoid disappointment we reiterate our advice to fans not to purchase tickets on any secondary sites.

“Avoid disappointment please book tickets only via official outlets.”

In April, the Government signed off on legislation aimed at eliminating ticket touting.

The legislation has banned the resale of tickets to live events, matches and concerts at certain venues at a price above their face value.

A person found guilty of an offence under the new law will face a fine of up to €100,000 or up to two years’ imprisonment.

Tickets sold for events or venues that have been “designated” as falling under the legislation will mean that the original seller must be given “clear information” that the ticket cannot be resold for above face value.

Those reselling the tickets must also provide information on the original sale price of the ticket and the location of the seat or standing area listed on the ticket.

The legislation does not include amateur sports clubs and registered charities for fundraising purposes.

In response to queries from, Viagogo insisted its platform was safe and that what it was doing was legal.

“All tickets are genuine, Sellers are not paid until the buyer has successfully attended the event, so there is no incentive for anyone to list a ticket that isn’t valid,” a spokesperson said.

They added: “It is not illegal for tickets to be resold in Ireland – this only applies to designated venues, which this venue is not.

"Viagogo does not set ticket prices, these are set by the people who use the platform to resell their tickets. It is made clear that prices may be listed as higher or lower than the face value, depending on demand, so that all users are aware of this fact prior to their purchase. Tickets that are listed at unreasonable prices get the most media attention but rarely, if ever, sell.

“Face value resale is legal for all events in Ireland and above face value only is illegal for designated events/venues.”

The company added: “Should event organisers have any queries or concerns we would encourage them to contact us directly through the event organiser portal.”

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