The Chief has issued a warning after a number of fans were refused entry to his UK tour shows after purchasing tickets from secondary ticket sites.
For his current run of dates, fans attending the former Oasis star’s arena shows with the High Flying Birds are required to bring photo ID – with a name matching the one printed on the ticket from the individual who purchased it. This has left many fans in the cold after buying them from touts.
“It was supposed to be a good night for me and my friend and it was nearly a disaster,” Lisa Stars from Kincorth told the Press And Journal after having her Viagogo tickets refused when attempting to attend Gallagher’s Aberdeen gig earlier this week. “It was quite embarrassing as people were watching us.”
After paying £186 for a pair of tickets (nearly double the £49.50 face value), Miss Stars said that the secondary ticket company had awarded her some compensation after venue staff advised her to buy another two new tickets from the box office.
“Viagogo has given us a full refund and sent us compensation but it was vouchers to buy another ticket from them,” she said. “We are never lining their pockets again.”
“Fans attending Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds UK Arena tour dates are reminded that there will be strict photo ID checks on all tickets to get in to the show,” a Gallagher spokesman said in a message to fans this week.
“To try to ensure fans had the best chance to get tickets for this show and to prevent their resale at inflated prices by ticket touts the ticket purchaser’s name is printed on all tickets. If it’s your name printed on the tickets you must bring matching photo ID and make sure that all your ‘guests’ (accompanying ticket holders) arrive with you at the same time. They will not be let in without you. Also please make sure you and your guests are aware of the show’s age restrictions and bring ID proving age if necessary.”
They added: “If for any reason you are unable to attend the only place that tickets can be transferred to another name is via “Twickets“. Other than this tickets are strictly not transferable.”