- 09 Jul 17
Tickets for Ed Sheeran's 2018 tour were going fast over the weekend, as fans were stuck in digital queues for hours, not knowing if tickets were even still available. With many fans being left empty handed, more dates for the 2018 tour were added. The tour was initially planned as an effort by Sheeran to crack down on ticket touting, the plan being that concert-goers would have to provide not only their ticket, but their credit cards, booking confirmation and a form of ID to get into the gig. Tickets would only be available for resale through the website Twickets, who announced they would be working with Team Ed directly to ensure there would be “no profit to touts and no one getting ripped off”. It was a good enough plan, but now it seems as though it hasn't entirely worked. Tickets for the sold-out gigs are being resold for record prices, with at least one reseller asking for as much as £174,000 for a pair of tickets.
That's the most extreme it's gotten so far, but most tickets are still being resold for hundreds. Tickets were showing up on resale sites minutes after they initially went on sale at 9am Saturday. Twickets themselves have been posting their own resale offers on Twitter, warning customers to avoid other sites.