Rolling Stones' UK gig finds few takers
Rolling Stones will be performing in front of a less that a sell-out crowd after thousands of tickets were left unsold for Sunday's concert at O2 arena because of sky high prices, it has been revealed.
The showpiece gig is meant to start the UK leg of a world tour marking the iconic band's 50th year.
But after touts demanded as much as 3,000 pounds, fans boycotted the concert, the Sun reported.
Tickets for Sunday's and Thursday's gig at the 20,000-capacity venue in Greenwich, South-East London, went on sale last month for 190 pounds to 400 pounds, the paper said.
Despite being the most expensive for a UK rock gig all the tickets were sold within seven minutes.
But many of the tickets had been snapped up by secondary ticket agencies like Getmein, Via GoGo, Seatwave and Double8 Tickets, who tried to re-sell them for up to eight times their face value.
The agencies found it hard to re-sell the tickets and by Saturday tickets were being offered for 229 pounds - 1,500 pounds.
More than 100 sets of tickets were up for auction on eBay - but some had no reserve price and were up for grabs for just 1p.