Tickets to The Rolling Stones‘ 14 On Fire tour sold out almost as soon as they became available this morning. Tickets to the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Hanging Rock dates went on sale at 9am local time today and were sold out “within minutes”, according to Frontier Touring.
Only limited VIP ticket packages now remain for each show. “With the shows strictly limited it was inevitable that tickets would sell quickly,” said promoter Michael Gudinski. “With just a limited number of ticket packages remaining, fans will want to get in fast before these shows sell out completely.”
The SMH reported numerous customers took to Facebook and Twitter to lodge complaints about the online ticketing service. Some customers had trouble logging into Ticketek, while others were unable to purchase tickets after already placing them into their online shopping baskets.
Within minutes, tickets also began to appear on eBay and Gumtree at inflated prices, running as high as $5000. Just last week, tickets to the Stone’s Adelaide show appeared online for nearly six times their original cost, with fans who missed out on tickets having to fork out a hefty $3,000 to online scalpers.
The promoter also warned fans of ‘fake’ tickets, urging them to purchase tickets from the authorised ticketing outlets only and not from scalpers who may use auction or other retail sites such as eBay, Viagogo and Eventbrite, amongst others to sell tickets.
“Despite claims from many of these unauthorised sellers that they will guarantee tickets, evidence from numerous tours would suggest this is not the case, with many fans being defrauded or left standing outside a venue without legitimate tickets,” said Gudinski. “I cannot stress the importance of buying tickets from authorised outlets only.”
This will be the first time the Rolling Stones have visited Australia since 2006. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will be returning to Australia with an iconic catalogue in tow, as well as Mick Taylor, a member of the Stones from 1969-1974, who will be a special guest. Check out the official Rolling Stones 14 On Fire Australian Tour Schedule here.