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Rolling Stones UAE organisers in crackdown on touts

More tickets to be released to curb those selling on Dubizzle for up to 40% extra

Rolling Stones UAE organisers in crackdown on touts

Organisers of the upcoming Rolling Stones concert are today releasing “thousands” of new tickets in a bid to stamp out buyers offering sold-out tickets at prices up to 40 percent more than their retail face value through online listings websites such as Dubizzle.

Some fans have tried to take advantage of the high demand for the concert by offering tickets at inflated prices, with one exclusive sold-out Fire Pit ticket being offered for AED4,250, which is more than 40 percent more than its original retail value.

At present, 62 ads were listed on the Dubizzle website offering tickets for the concert on February 21.

With confirmation that no second day will be announced in the UAE, organisers Flash Entertainment have decided to increase the capacity and today will release “thousands” of tickets in a bid to beat the online ticket touts and cater to the demand from fans.

“We want to halt tickets going out on the secondary market,” John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, told 7DAYS newspaper, who added that the firm would be contacting websites listings tickets for sale at inflated prices.

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DXBHeadhunter 6 years ago

Those extra "thousands" will make it nice and snug for all of us who have already paid premium money to attend this concert in the standing area. I have no wish to be jam packed in like cattle to the venue for the sake of profit (lets be honest) and will definitely not be going now. And yes I will be dumping my tickets online...

smith 6 years ago

John Lickrish I take it you've contacted Dubizzle & asked them to delete all listings for Rolling Stones tickets? My husband & I have standing tickets for the concert & if we have to enter the venue at a totally ludicrous time & / or it's too crowded to fully enjoy the concert then I think it's only fair we should be refunded 'Sandance style'?

Henny 6 years ago

I am very worried and disappointed about this. The venue is sold out so presumably full to capacity - so squeezing in thousands of extra people in the name of greed is very dangerous. Hillsbrough anyone? Like 30,000 other people, I bought my ticket on time, so it's not fair on any of us who paid a great deal of money to be crushed because of latecomers who can't organise themselves properly.

SAM 6 years ago

Mind-boggling! Combatting scalpers by issuing thousands of extra tickets to a sold-out concert! Greed combined with stupidity is a dangerous mix; the safety of attendees is definitely at risk. This should be illegal!

Liz 6 years ago

And where does health and safety come into it?

Stan 6 years ago

Wouldnt the operators of the venue stipulate a maximum safe capacity, which is regulated and enforced on the promoter?

Adrian 6 years ago

I Hope Abu Dhabi Municipality visits the venue on the night !

Greed is not good and interesting how the Organisers have turned this round on the touts by claiming to save Joe Public from being exploited they miraculously found all this space !. Joe Public may prefer paying a little extra, having more room to enjoy the concert and to leave happy !

FNM 6 years ago

I bought my Golden Circle tickets for the Rolling Stones on th 12th of December 2013 for 1995 AED. Back then, the early bird tickets were all sold out, or at least that's what the "search for tickets" section said on the website. So I had no choice but to pay 1995 AED for the Golden Circle.

I was surprised to find on the website today that there are now "Early Bird" Golden Circle tickets available at 1095 AED. How can there still be early bird tickets available now, 6 days before the concert, if they were already sold out back on 12th December? Or was this just a way to make us pay more unfairly for something? This looks very unclear and definitely unfair. I am complaining to the The consumer protection department at the Ministry of Economy and I encourage all of you who feel tricked to do the same: http://www.economy.gov.ae/English/ConsumerProtectionDept/Pages/default.aspx