TICKETS for Westlife’s August 28 concert in Cork next year are on sale on ticket exchange websites for up to €250.
The tickets are on the sites even as Ticketmaster continues to sell tickets for the event. Standing tickets for the Golden Circle area are being sold for €116.50 plus fees by Ticketmaster, while tickets for the same area are being sold on other sites for €249.50.
Anti-touting legislation has now been brought before the Cabinet by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
The Sale of Tickets (Cultural, Entertainment, Recreational and Sporting Events) Bill proposes penalties of up to €100,000 and prison terms of two years for people caught reselling tickets to events at a markup.
The bill will ban the resale of tickets to live events, matches, and concerts in designated venues, at a price above face value.
There is an exemption for amateur sports clubs and registered charities for fundraising purposes.
The Tánaiste said: “Touts and reselling websites ruin gigs and matches for everyone making it harder to get a ticket in the first place and driving up prices. This is about making sure people aren’t getting ripped off once live events, matches, and concerts get up and running again, especially considering numbers are likely to be restricted to begin with.”
He continued: “There is a specific provision in the bill for the Euro 2020 championships next year, banning the unauthorised sale of tickets for matches. We want to make sure everyone gets a fair shot at getting tickets at face value. This legislation is also hopeful. We’re planning for the time when we can go to gigs, festivals, and matches again.”
The bill is expected to be published before the end of the year.