TICKETMASTER is warning Ed Sheeran fans not to buy concert tickets as presents unless they are also going to the gig.
Tough new anti-touting rules are being put in place for the artist’s seven Irish shows in Cork, Dublin, Galway, and Belfast.
Ahead of tickets going on sale tomorrow morning, it has been announced that concert-goers must present the credit card used to buy the tickets at the gig, in order to stop touts selling them on for huge profits.
Ticketmaster has confirmed that any tickets bought for presents won’t be valid, unless the person who purchased them attends the gig.
Asked whether they could be bought as gifts, Ticketmaster said: “The named card-holder must attend on the night of the event for tickets to be valid.” Fans will also have to bring ID to next year’s shows, Aiken Promotions previously revealed.
“Ed and his team have a strict stance against anyone using secondary ticketing websites for profit,” said a spokesperson.
“On this tour, any tickets that are resold will not be valid — this means no profit to touts and no-one getting ripped off. On all the stadium dates, you will be required to bring your tickets, booking confirmation, and credit card, plus a valid form of ID, or you will not be granted entry to the show.”
Ed will kick off his Irish concerts at Páirc Ui Chaoimh, in Cork, on May 4 and 5, before heading to the Boucher Playing Fields, in Belfast, on May 9.