Viagogo have responded to Ricky Gervais’ Twitter comments yesterday, in which he dubbed touts on secondary ticketing sites selling seats for his David Brent tour at inflated prices “disgusting”.
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.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 1, 2013
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.”