One Tragically Hip fan has a message for his peers, upset after being shut out from tickets to the band’s final tour.
“You kind of have to dedicate yourself for that hour or 30 minutes, set yourself up multiple browsers, multiple computers to give yourself the best chance to get tickets.”
That’s what Christopher Francis did, a Vancouverite who jumped through hoops just to get a pair of tickets for Tragically Hip’s concert this summer.
Pre-sale tickets went on sale at 10 a.m., but many fans have complained that within seconds they were gone, only to pop up on re-sale sites.
Many fans took their frustration to social media, blaming scalpers and websites that quickly flipped the tickets at an inflated price.
Francis explains fans have to be patient if they want to prevent scalpers from taking all the tickets.
“Well I had four computers, and I was kind of going like a typewriter, across them all. And you know I had the music blasting, I had a couple of Hip songs playing.”
Demand for the tour is very high, as this is the last chance fans will get to see the Canadian rock band whose lead singer announced last week he has terminal brain cancer.
But while Francis and his four-machine digital assault on Ticketmaster managed to score, many other fans were left out in the cold.
Here’s just a sampling of what they had to say on social media.
Welp, did not get Tragically Hip tickets and I refuse to pay $300 US per ticket on StubHub. Way to make money off a man's death.— Jennifer Will (@paronomaniac) May 30, 2016
How is every single presale ticket gone in 2 seconds for the #TragicallyHip ?! So disappointed.— Amanda Kran (@VodkaKranberry) May 30, 2016
@alancross Calgary was sold out immediately at 10am and by 10:01 there were 44 listings on stubhub. Something is very wrong here indeed.— Scarecrow Boat (@scarecrowboat22) May 30, 2016