Friday, January 05, 2007

ACADE FIRE - NYC SHOWS (Feb 13th-17th)- SOLD OUT!!!

As anyone who was trying to get them knows by now, tickets went on sale for the upcoming ARCADE FIRE shows in NYC (Feb 13th-17th) this morning and promptly sold out in a MATTER OF MINUTES.

For those lucky enough to get tickets, congratulations! For those not so lucky, do not depair - you will have plenty of other opportunities to see the band in the coming year, in venues with much larger capacities. Patience young grasshoppers.

If any of you who were not able to get tickets were planning on trying to score a pair via eBay, Craigslist, etc...

PLEASE NOTE the following from the Bowery Presents website:


The ticket purchaser must enter the venue.
Copies of ID, Credit Card or Confirmation email WILL NOT be accepted for entry.
Only complete parties will be admitted.
Please DO NOT buy tickets on eBay, Craig's List, etc.

These policies have been put in place to protect you, the fervent Arcade Fire fan, from weasel-faced scalpers who would try to fleece you of a month's rent (or more) just to see a rock show. This might seem harsh at the moment, but believe me you will thank us later, when you are not kicked out on the street for failure to pay your bills. $2000 for tickets to see a rock show? That's just silly.



Blogger Matt said...

To be honest, I love when bands/promoters/venues do these kind of anti-scalping ticket policies. Sprinsgteen does a similar thing for his rehearsal and benefit shoes, and it's a great way to keep the scalpers away.

That said, Bowery Presents really should have publicized the policy in advance more than they did. They did say tickets were "non-transferable," but they didn't explain what that meant. The result was a ton of scalpers likely bought up most of the tickets.

I posted this comment elsewhere, but the major problem here is the professional scalper companies, who have the technology (and warm bodies) to snag tickets for online on-sales. These would be the people selling tickets on eBay even before the thing went on sale (which actually happened). Most of those companies would likely not have bothered if it meant paying someone to go to the show (even if only for a minute) in order to get the proceeds from only half the tickets they bought.

Put it this way: Major scalping company buys up, say, one hundred tickets across all five nights. Even if they got 20 tickets for each show in ten different names, that would be 10 people they'd have to pay to go to the show each night. No way they would consider that worth the trouble.

I love the policy, and I'm glad the Arcade Fire did it for these shows, but you have to make it clear up-front in order to keep the saclpers at bay and let fans buy the tickets. Yeah, it would have still be extremely hard and would have sold out in a few minutes, but normal folks would have at least had a real shot.

So, long post short: The idea was great, the execution not so much.

(And, to make it clear, I'm really not complaining here, just hoping the next time they do this they fix the mistake.)

January 7, 2007 at 2:55:00 PM EST  

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