Just days prior to NSW introducing new ticket resale laws, a new Wikileaks-style Twitter account has popped up to claim that Ed Sheeran’s manager directly sold concert tickets to a secondary resale service.
Over the last couple of weeks, Ed Sheeran has been making headlines for his new stance on ticket resellers, which has seen countless tickets to his current UK stadium tour cancelled as a way to ensure that fans don’t pay more than face value for them.
“I hate the idea of people paying more than face value for tickets when you can get them at face value,” explained Sheeran to the BBC’s Newsbeat. “People just need to start taking a stance and within two or three years companies like Viagogo are just going to be kaput.”
The method being undertaken at Ed Sheeran’s recent gigs involves promoters going through and ensuring that tickets sold through secondary services are cancelled. Then, as the fan tries to use these tickets at the door to gain entrance, they are given the chance to attempt to claim their money back from sites such as Viagogo and the ability to buy new tickets at face value. While it’s a win for the consumer on paper, many have criticised this new stance.
However, the Ticket Leaks Twitter account has now alleged that Clancy Sheriffs of Sheeran’s UK promoter, Kilimanjaro Live, directly sold 600 tickets to a resale service in 2015, providing invoices to back up their claim.