Adele Tickets Cause Heartbreak
American fans of Adele, a singer from England, are having a tough day. Tickets for the singer's North American tour went on sale to the public today and were immediately snapped up, causing a fair amount of grief for the tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands of fans who tried to book a seat. The demand is hardly surprising considering the singer has broken record after record (after record) with her album 25. The response to the difficulties looked (this is the Internet, after all) something like this:
People claimed they had waited for hours after tickets for all shows were made available at 10AM but that Ticketmaster's websites were unavailable or slow. A Ticketmaster representative tells Billboard that their servers did not crash, though they did experience slowed performance due to high traffic volumes. A senior manager at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, where Adele will be kicking off her tour on July 5, told Kare 11 that there was a record number of people in line today.
The "scene" recalls that of LCD Soundsystem's final show, which also drew scrutiny to ticket scalpers, causing frontman James Murphy to tweet "Fuck you, scalpers."
At press time there were 1,000 tickets to Adele's opening night show available on secondary ticketing site Stubhub, ranging in price from $10,000 (a placeholder pricing that the lister would not expect to actually move) to $245.
Adele and her team have done their best to mitigate scalping of concert tickets -- a hot-button issue these days -- securing Songkick to oversee presales, which happened yesterday in the U.S. seemingly without incident. The pre-sale of her European tour, which required fans to register at her website -- 500,000 of them did so -- moved 57,000 tickets. That was before the general public had access.