Hip Ticket Sales Tragically Unfair
CBJ — Government officials have made a lot of promises about fixing a dysfunctional ticket purchasing system that often leaves the public out in the cold, but as of now it’s been nothing but noise.
The latest proof of a horribly broken system resulted in an infuriating saga for fans of the Tragically Hip who were left empty handed on Friday, beaten out by bots, who scooped the vast majority of tickets for the band’s final tour this summer. Tickets sold out for two shows in Toronto, one in Hamilton and the final show in Kingston in just 45 seconds.
Angry and disappointed fans took to social media to express their suspicion that large portion of the tickets were bought by resellers hoping to capitalize on the intense interest in these shows. They’re right.
This tour will be the last one for the iconic Canadian band, given lead singer Gord Downie’s battle with incurable brain cancer. Doctors have not said how long they expect him to live. People with this form of cancer can live up to five years, possibly more.
Less than half an hour after the public sale began for the Toronto shows, more than 2,500 tickets were listed for marked up prices on StubHub.