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Ticket prices for U2's Croke Park gig soar into thousands

By Sorcha O'Connor

Tickets for tomorrow night's highly anticipated U2 concert at Dublin's Croke Park are being sold online for nearly £10,000.

The astronomically-priced tickets, for seats in the Hogan Stand, are being sold online at Stubhub.

Meanwhile, on other sites disappointed fans who may have missed out on tickets for the band's sold-out concert are facing the prospect of paying out thousands of euro for a ticket.

Searching on Seatwave, a couple looking to see the Dublin rock band play live would pay €2,586.82 (£2,318) for two standing tickets, including the booking fee.

Prices on the Ticketmaster sister site are set by third parties selling on tickets.

TD Noel Rock, who expressed disgust at the "appalling" prices, said it was clear that ticketing companies were not doing enough to protect music fans from ticket touts.

"The prices that are being charged are genuinely appalling," he said.

"Over €2,500 for two tickets is frankly disgusting, the Government must act."

Mr Rock said he would wait in anticipation for legislation to prevent black-market profiteers cashing-in in future.

"I look forward to seeing laws implemented which will protect fans and make sure they aren't gouged like this the next time U2 play," he said.

Mr Rock believes that such laws would be supported by a majority of music fans.

"Recent polling showed 86pc of people are in favour of this," he said.

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