UPDATE: CMC Rocks’ promoter Rob Potts Entertainment Edge has issued the below statement to TIO.
Tickets for CMC Rocks QLD festival were immediately sold with a 500% markup after they were released on Monday (October 9).
The country music festival staple announced big-name acts like Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker would headline the 10th Anniversary event next March. The four-day event sold out in record time, reaching its 18,000 capacity within an hour of going on sale at 9am.
Preying on Australia’s feverish love for the genre, one ticket holder swiftly put his two tickets up on Gumtree for $1,500 each – a 500% increase on the $299 three-day passes.
Sadly, the two tickets have been purchased:
But it should come as no surprise as Gumtree currently has over 45 listings of fans seeking CMC Rocks tickets, including one listing from a person willing to pay $22,000 for two three-day passes, and two other from fans happy to fork out $5,000.
TIO has reached out to CMC Rocks’ promoter Rob Potts Entertainment Edge for a comment. Media can expect an official response later today.
Ticket scalping is one of the biggest issues facing Australia’s music scene
Music fans are continually preyed upon by operators who often use ticket bots to purchase tickets in bulk, or by people looking to make a quick buck.
Thankfully, ticket scalping will become illegal if a new proposal by the NSW state government becomes law, with Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean announcing a potential reform to the Fair Trading Act that will prevent people from reselling tickets at exorbitant markups.
As reported in TIO on Monday, the law would prevent tickets from being sold above cost price, and mean that additional transaction fees would be capped at 10% of the total price.
Other amendments would outlaw ticket bots that purchase tickets in bulk, and promoters will need to make public how many tickets are on sale for any gig.