Outcry as ticket touts target Manchester charity concert

Lance Nichols
June 7, 2017

Grande is returning to Manchester for the performance on Sunday, which comes less than a fortnight after 22 people were killed by a bomb attack after the popstar performed at the Manchester Arena.

10,000 touts tried to claim free tickets to the One Love Manchester benefit concert which is hosted to raise money for those affected by last Monday's terrible terror attack.

The ticket operator had set aside 14,200 tickets for those at the May 22 show, but received more than 25,000 applications.

A Ticketmaster spokesperson said: "Sadly, over 10,000 unscrupulous applications have been made".

Besides Grande, One Love Manchester will see a host of other big-name stars performing, such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Usher, Robbie Williams and Pharrell Williams.

She said in a statement: "We will continue to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy".

"We understand that there are a number of fans who didn't receive an email this morning with regards to free tickets for One Love Manchester", Ticketmaster UK said in a statement online.

Tickets for the Manchester benefit concert have sold out within 6 minutes of going on sale. "We are happy to report that there are thousands of fans who successfully purchased tickets during the general on sale".

The former culture, media and sport shadow secretary said: "It would be disgraceful to fleece fans using an occasion like this, charging a mark-up which would go in the touts' pockets rather than helping people caught up in this tragic event".

Ticketmaster said it had extended the deadline to apply for tickets, originally set as 4pm on Wednesday, to try to solve some of the issues.

The concert is scheduled to take place at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground on 4th June and will be broadcast live on BBC radio and TV.

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They added attendees should use it as a "concert for healing".

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