I went to the gig last week with my boss Nikki. She had two spare tickets after a couple of her friends had decided that they didn’t want to go and see The Vaccines (their loss) Since we arrived at Rock City about five minutes before they were due on stage (and they went on early anyway) we only made a half-hearted attempt to sell the tickets to a tout. He wasn’t interested.
It reminded me of a time when I was in Manchester and I had to turn ticket tout myself. I’d arranged to meet a couple of friends at a Shed 7 gig at the Academy at Manchester University. I’d been slack in getting a ticket and so I’d got to the venue early in an attempt to source one on the re-sale market.
What I hadn’t realised is that there was another gig on in the big room. I probably should have realised that the huge queue hadn’t formed for a Shed 7 gig that wasn’t due to start for another 90 minutes.
A guy came up to me and offered me a ticket for £10. “Brilliant” I thought. I’d expected it to be much more than that. It was only after he walked off that I realised that the ticket he’d given me was for a band called Delirious? Now, while I’ll give most music a try, I have to admit that I’m not really a fan of Christian rock.
By the time I’d realised my mistake, the tout had long gone and I was left £10 lighter and with a ticket for a gig that I didn’t want to go to.
I tried to sell the ticket back to another couple of touts but they weren’t interested. My friends turned up and they helped me find a Delirious? fan willing to pay me back my £10 outlay. Then we managed to find another tout with a Shed 7 ticket.
He wanted £35 for it but I figured I’d try and haggle him down on price a bit. I claimed to only have £30 but then one of my friends piped up, “I’ll lend you a fiver” D’oh!
To be fair Shed 7 were actually pretty good. They were on their greatest hits tour and so we didn’t have to put up with any boring album tracks.
So, that was my life as a ticket tout. If you consider selling a single ticket for the same price that I bought it for as touting…