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Seatwave shop opens near the O2 – but will there be bargains?

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A pal of mine used to live near Brixton Academy, and used to have to negotiate crowds of ticket touts on gig nights. But every now and then, he’d turn up at 9pm, and get into gigs for a fiver because the touts couldn’t shift their wares for full price.

I can’t help wondering if we’re about to get the same opportunities at the Dome, with the opening of “secondary ticketing” company Seatwave’s first shop just around the corner. It’s tucked away in Pier Walk, just behind Wagamana, so isn’t exactly in a prime spot, but bosses at the O2 aren’t impressed

The O2 distanced itself from the firm and encouraged people “wanting to attend gigs to buy tickets through the official O2 website”.

The venue said it did “not allow third party sellers or touts on the premises” and that it policed the Peninsular Square area outside the O2 to stop the practice.

I peered through the window on Sunday afternoon and tickets for last night’s Snow Patrol show looked to be selling for about £6 below face value. I don’t know what hours the shop will keep, but if you’re passing through on an event night soon, it might be worth taking a look to see if there are any bargains.

Written by Darryl

13 February, 2012 at 7:30 am

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  1. Interesting stance on this shop – I think the cheap tickets will be the exception to the rule sadly as most tickets resold by seatwave are for SOLD OUT gigs. But as you say maybe someone will get lucky.
    I posted my view on this here : http://wp.me/p1DBbF-l2

    Stevo Music Man

    13 February, 2012 at 9:45 am

  2. Seatwave tweeted me to say they were knocking out Snow Patrol tickets for £19 on Friday (full price about £35/£38 with fees).

    Darryl

    13 February, 2012 at 10:15 am

  3. Go for it – hopefully it’s not just opening publicity stunt to give impression they’ll doing us all a favour

    Stevo Music Man

    13 February, 2012 at 10:25 am


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