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Touts trying to rip off Monkeys fans.

Byline: Simon Meechan Reporter simon.meechan@trinitymirror.com

MONEY-GRABBING touts are ripping off desperate Arctic Monkeys fans who missed out on gig tickets - even though anyone who buys a second-hand ticket may be turned away from Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

Tickets went on sale at 9am on Friday for the Sheffield group's Newcastle shows on Thursday, September 27, and Friday, September 28.

But they were quickly snapped up by fans eager to see the Mercury Music Prize winners on their return to Tyneside.

However, it's not just genuine fans who bought them.

Touts are already reselling Arctic Monkeys tickets at inflated prices and anyone who buys them may risk wasting their money as they might not be allowed into the shows.

We found a standing ticket for the Friday date has sold for PS440 on reselling website Viagogo, which is more than seven times its face value of PS59.50.

As of 1.25pm on Friday, floor tickets were being advertised for PS396 on the same page.

But be warned: anyone who buys off Viagogo might not be allowed into the gigs.

Tickets can only be resold for "face value" through Twickets, which is the Arctic Monkeys' official resale partner. This means any sold for a higher price on Viagogo could be invalid.

A statement on Arctic Monkeys' website says: "These tickets will IMMEDIATELY BECOME INVALID if resold OR OFFERED FOR SALE unless the sale is through our OFFICIAL FACE-VALUE resale partner, TWICKETS."

Ticketmaster's terms and conditions say: "This ticket will immediately become invalid if resold or offered for sale unless the sale is through The Artist's official face value resale partner."

Customers are also told that the 'lead booker' must accompany ticket holders, and bring ID to prove who they are, as their surname will be printed on the concert ticket.

We asked Viagogo if it is selling the tickets legally and Metro Radio Arena if fans who have bought them risk being denied entry.

A spokesperson for Metro Radio Arena said: "The arena worked closely with the promoter to ensure only genuine fans were able to purchase Arctic Monkeys tickets in a safe and secure environment.

"As such, a number of procedures were put in place including limiting ticket purchases to four per person, having the lead booker's name on all tickets and the lead booker bringing ID with the night.

The promoter has also stipulated that tickets will become invalid if resold, or offered for sale, unless through the artist's official face-value resale partner Twickets."

Viagogo has yet to respond.

'"This ticket will immediately become invalid if resold or offered for sale unless the sale is through The Artist's official face value resale partner." TICKETMASTER

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| The Arctic Monkeys in action, and inset, the website advertising the sky high tickets

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Apr 15, 2018
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