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Thursday 27 November 2014

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody in four-letter tirade over £6k charity gig tickets on eBay

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol
Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol
Superstar Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol
Dinner at Magee where Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Irish American businessman William ‘Bill’ Flynn were the guests of honour - both will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of Ulster tomorrow, 10th of July, bringing the summer graduations for 2012 to an end.
Snow Patrol play Bushmills Live
Snow Patrol play Bushmills Live
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody at Belfast City Hall
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody at Belfast City Hall
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody at Belfast City Hall
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody with fan Shauna
Snow Patrol play the open air concert at City Hall
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: (L to R) Paul Wilson, Gary Lightbody, Tom Simpson, Jonny Quinn and Nathan Connolly of Snow Patrol attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol pay Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Picture Credit Mark Pearce/Presseye ©Mark Pearce/Presseye- 5th June 2010 Press Eye Ltd- Northern Ireland 5th June 2010 _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/PresseyeSnow Patrols return to Northern Ireland is opon us .. Ward Park , Bangor was host to over 40,000 excited fans .Christopher Holland, Emma McBride, Louise Coyle and Gemma KellyPicture Credit Mark Pearce/Presseye
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 6/6/2010Snow Patrol (lead singer Gary Lightbody) live on stage at Ward Park in Bangor, County Down at the weekend. Over 40,000 fans attended the open-air event which included General Fiasco (who opened the main stage at the weekend, they are one of the many exciting new bands coming out of the Belfast music scene at the moment), Band of Horses (second on the Ward Park main stage. With 3 albums already under their belt, this five piece lead by the lulling vocals of frontman Ben Bridwell, have slowly been building a strong and dedicated fanbase since their inception in 2004) and Lisa Hannigan (Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan (third on the main stage at Ward Park, Lisa released her debut album in 2009, ‘Sea Saw’ bought Lisa critical acclaim from all sections of Irish and British media and led to nomi nations at last years Mercury Music Prize in the UK, Meteor Music Award in Ireland and picking up several awards in the Hot Press Readers Poll 2009.).
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL 5/6/10 Snow Patrol Play at Ward Park Bangor to a packed crowd. PHOTO Kirth Ferris / Pacemaker
Snow Patrol's Nathan Connolly and Gary Lightbody outside the Duke Of York where a special plaque was unveiled to celebrate their gig in the Belfast pub in 1998
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 19/3/2009..Picture by Justin Kernoghan..Snow Patrol - Gary Lightbody on stage at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody has launched an angry four-letter tirade against touts flogging charity gig tickets for thousands of pounds.

The band is staging two acoustic concerts in Belfast next month and deliberately kept ticket prices low.

All proceeds from both shows at the Waterfront Hall on December 23 will go to local charities.

Tickets for the gigs, priced £22.50, sold out within minutes of being released last Friday, leaving many bitterly disappointed fans.

But frustration soon turned to fury when, within a few hours, touts began to put tickets up for sale on eBay.

Tickets are selling from several hundred pounds up to almost £6,000. Two front row, block A tickets — among the best in the house — were on sale yesterday for £5,900, with 12 bids placed.

Last night a pair of tickets for seats in block E went for a scarcely believable £3,787. They were sold by a woman from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

“Unfortunately, my other half is unable to attend and so I am selling the pair. Any questions, please email,” the seller wrote on her eBay page. “I don't have the tickets in hand yet but will post within two days of receiving it.” However, most pairs of tickets appeared to be attracting bids of around £100.

Angry fans took to internet forums and social networking sites to express their disgust.

Last night Lightbody took to Twitter to hit out at the practice and apologised to fans who had forked out large sums of cash to get into the gigs.

“Sorry for those who had to resort to paying more than face value for the Belfast tickets,” he said. “We do our best to make it hard for touts but it’s impossible to stop altogether.

“We wanted a low ticket price so it wasn’t too hard on your pockets at Christmas. Touts f*** that idea right up.”

Lightbody said the one positive was that local charities would still benefit from the two acoustic shows.

“Northern Irish charities will make in excess of 30 grand from the show so that at least is something positive,” he said.

“As for folks who paid hundreds of pounds for a ticket I’m sure nothing I say is gonna make it sting any less. I’m just sorry this s*** happens at all.”

He then signed off: “Loads of love to everyone. Bless your hearts.xx”

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