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U2 tickets for Belfast gig re-sold for thousands of pounds

By Rebecca Black

Published 15/09/2015

Tracy Hussain and Cathy Delaney from Dromore with their tickets
Tracy Hussain and Cathy Delaney from Dromore with their tickets
The queue outside the venue

Tickets for U2's first gig in Belfast for almost 20 years are being offered online for thousands of pounds.

This was despite the fact that a limited number of tickets were still available online last night.

U2 only announced last week they were returning to Belfast to play their first gig here in 18 years.

Promoter MCD said there had been huge demand for both the Belfast and the Dublin dates, but added that last night there was still limited availability on ticketmaster.ie.

Many superfans camped out all night outside the venue to secure tickets for the Innocence and Experience tour which is expected to be the gig of the year.

The tickets for U2's dates on November 18 and 19 range from £30 to £165.

A number of rules were imposed to try to stop people selling their tickets on.

Each customer was limited to two tickets for one date only and they could only be paid for by a credit or debit card for paperless tickets, with the cards acting as a ticket.

Yet ticket scalpers have already started offering tickets for thousands of pounds online.

One website was last night charging an astounding £2,145 for a ticket, while a pair of tickets were being sold on eBay for £885 and a slightly more reasonable £220 on Gumtree.

Meanwhile, Stephen McCormick (33) from Downpatrick was the very first person to get a ticket yesterday morning along with Tony Breen from Armoy. They started queuing at 3pm on Sunday.

Stephen was well prepared with a sleeping bag and waterproof clothing and said there had been a big and growing crowd throughout the night.

Tracy Husasain and Cathy Delaney from Dromore were also sporting wide grins yesterday

More were lucky online and managed to reserve tickets through the Ticketmaster website.

However, others were less lucky. One pensioner arrived at the SSE Arena around 10.30am looking for tickets for his children but left disappointed.

U2 will play Belfast's SSE Arena on Wednesday and Thursday ,November 18 and 19 before four nights at Dublin's 3Arena on Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24 and then breaking for a few days to return to the stage on the Friday and Saturday night, November 27 and 28.

Arthur Fogel, U2 tour promoter with Live Nation said fans were happy yesterday.

"In addition to the fan-club and online sales, the band wanted fans in Dublin and Belfast to have the extra option to buy at the venue," he said.

"It has worked really well today. When the fans are happy, we're happy."

Mr Fogel acknowledged that despite the concerts being a paperless ticketed event, some people still opt to use them to make money.

"As is clear by selling via the paperless ticket system and keeping the purchase to two tickets, we have worked hard to limit re-sales and to get tickets into the hands of fans at face value," he said. "However, despite our best efforts, there are those few who choose to resell their tickets. We see this for practically every show or event."

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