October 2, 2013 10:09
Ricky Gervais furious over 'disgusting' secondary ticketing prices for David Brent Tour
Viagogo respond to the comedian's Twitter comments
Tickets for the The Office character's first live music gigs at London's Bloomsbury Theatre, where he will perform as David Brent & Foregone Conclusion, went onsale yesterday (October 1) at 10am and sold out in under one minute. They soon appeared on secondary ticketing sites at over £1,000 each. The face value for tickets was £17.25 including booking fee.
Responding to one fan who tweeted the comedian with a still from a third party seller on a secondary ticketing site advertising three tickets for £3,000, plus a £450 booking fee, £5.95 handling fee and £90 VAT, Gervais replied, writing: "Fucking disgusting. Please no one buy them."
Responding Gervais' comments, Britain's biggest secondary ticketing site Viagogo told NME sellers on the site listing at extortionate prices were unlikely to sell the tickets.
A spokesperson said: "Ticket prices are set by the seller, not by Viagogo. There will always be a few special events, like David Brent & Foregone Conclusion, where supply is short and prices rise but those listing tickets at extortionate levels are unlikely to sell them. The most important thing is to make sure every ticket is guaranteed, which is why people use Viagogo."
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