Internet Glitch Results in Massive Concert Bargain

One of the shows I’d hoped to see this summer (my plans have since been derailed because of the arrival of the new puppy) was the Black Sabbath/Soundgarden/Faith No More/Motorhead give at Hyde Park in London next Friday. Tickets were a bit dear, too, running as high as £295 ($536 CAD).  Oh, my.

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However, something went wrong with the Internet ticketing system commissioned by promoter AEG Live.  An email was sent to companies that were somehow connected to the promoter, noting that tickets to the gig could be purchased at a heavily, heavily discounted price.  Somehow that email leaked out into the general public which enabled thousands of fans to get in on that discount.

So what kind of discount are we talking about?  These thousands of people were able to get tickets for £2.50 ($4.54 CAD).  Oops.

But let’s give credit to AEG Live.  Even though the purchasers of these tickets weren’t entitled to that discount, every such stub will be honoured.   How much money was lost as a result?  No one is saying.  But given that this could be Black Sabbath’s and Motorhead’s final shows ever, some fans just got the bargain of a lifetime.

(Via Loudwire)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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