I am sure I am not alone in being very disappointed at the method of selling tickets for the Mumford and Sons concert at the Apex in June.
I, like many others I’m sure, logged into the website Music Glue – which was the only way to get tickets – at the allotted time of 9am last Friday, only to find that it was impossible to complete a transaction. By 9.20am all tickets were sold. The same thing happened on Saturday morning with the ‘Sold Out’ sign coming up at 9.05am.
In their publicity information, the band stated that the purpose of the tour was to bring their music to places where they don’t usually visit. I don’t think this is the best way to achieve that aim as the tickets are now being touted at five times face value, which indicates that many tickets have gone to people whose only interest is in making money.
I have been a regular visitor to The Apex in the past year for concerts and am very disappointed that people such as myself have not had a fair chance to attend an event of this standing.
With yet another big-name act at The Apex sold out within minutes, the organisers may feel pleased with themselves. However, at what cost to local residents?
Tickets were only available via the internet, increasing the challenge for local people to apply. Where is the opportunity for Bury people to see big acts in places which they have paid for?
We have seen similar restrictive ticket selling at the Theatre Royal as well, so I suspect this will not be the last time this happens. Is this a Bury that we want to live in, where we have these wonderful facilities, but no opportunity to see the big artists that now come to this town?
Bury St Edmunds.
It is great for The Apex that Mumford and Sons are to play in Bury. As a local fan, I fear there were many disappointed local people who were unable to get tickets to see them.
I tried unsuccessfully on the 20th and 21st early morning to get tickets and by 9.01am they had sold out. What’s happening here? I should have guessed – a quick click on the cursor and Ebay have the tickets for triple the price. With the best will in the world I am not sure what can be done about this. We could go back to the old-fashioned queuing system, which would be fairer for those of us who live in Bury and surrounding villages, but I cannot imagine that would happen.