Man faces ban from Parklife festival after ‘boasting’ about touting tickets

Man wrote on Facebook that he would be selling 12 tickets at triple the price

A man is facing a ban from Manchester’s Parklife festival after he declared his intention to re-sell his tickets at triple the original price.

The man, from Manchester, was told that his tickets would be cancelled after he wrote on Facebook: “I bought 12 tickets and I will be selling them at triple price on the day of Parklife. It’s all business.”

Parklife festival director Sacha Lord-Marchionne responded to the comments on Twitter and stated that he was going to cancel the man’s tickets. “Ticket touts are the absolute bane of our lives,” Lord-Marchionne later told the Manchester Evening News. “At sporting events it’s illegal but we’re not a sporting event so sadly it goes on. And it really annoys us and it really annoys customers.

“I know for a fact at the last Parklife tickets were changing hands for £300. It’s just ripping people off. So when I saw that I thought ‘I have to do something’. We’ve cancelled the tickets and refunded them and we’ll put them back on sale.”

The man, however, claimed that he was being framed by an old partner. “My ex-girlfriend put up all that stuff about my buying 12 tickets and selling them triple price. She is jealous cos we broke up and I’m flying out to Amsterdam tonight,” he wrote on Facebook.

He added in a Twitter message to Lord-Marchionne: “I will make sure nothing dodgy goes up against my name again. Hope you do the right thing.”

Parklife takes place on June 6-7 in Manchester. The festival was at the centre of controversy last year – the company behind the festival was fined £70,000 for “distressing” promotional techniques after the festival sent texts to ticket buyers pretending to be from their mums, and a man was killed at the festival after being attacked for protecting his girlfriend from being hit repeatedly with an inflatable toy while waiting for Snoop Dogg’s headline set.