In the last year, there has been plenty said about the controversial ticket resale site Viagogo, with both the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the NSW State Government speaking out against the infamous service. Now, one of Australia’s most beloved indie-rock groups have come out swinging as well.
The Rubens are set to kick off a series of live performances for 2018 in just a matter of days, but what should be an exciting time for the group has been marred by frustration and sadness amidst reports that fans have been forced to pay outrageously inflated prices for tickets to their shows thanks to Viagogo.
“We REALLY hate Viagogo,” the band explained in a post on Facebook. “They exist to rip you off, take your hard earned cash, and let scalpers take advantage of all aspects of a show they have nothing to do with.”
“We’ve been getting some messages lately that have really got us pissed off. A whole bunch of people out there have paid $222 for a ticket that is $76. This is thanks to Viagogo and their dodgy profiteering. This is completely wrong, and we have no idea how this is still legal. Fuck Viagogo.”
The band urged fans to read up on the controversial methods of Viagogo, and also urged fans to make sure that they only purchase tickets through their website.
“We are beyond pumped to get out in front of you and play some of our new songs, but please look out for this kind of shit – and we can make sure that the good times keep rolling.”