Viagogo has been accused of “moral repugnance” for seeking to profit from an Ed Sheeran concert that is in aid of teenage cancer patients by reselling tickets for thousands of pounds.
Viagogo is advertising stalls seats at next month’s the Royal Albert Hall gig for Teenage Cancer Trust for an obscene amount of money, upwards of £1,750, rising to £2,330 once £583 for VAT and a booking fee are factored in.
In a statement on its website, the charity said: “The only people who should profit from Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall are young people with cancer.” The tickets, which carry a face value of £75, could end up being worthless because the charity said anyone found to have bought theirs from Viagogo will be turned away at the door.
The charity has introduced extra security measures to beat touts, such as requiring people with tickets to produce photo ID to prove that they bought the ticket.
A statement on Viagogo’s website says “buyers of tickets for this event will be accompanied into the venue by the seller” in order to circumvent efforts to crackdown on touts. The Switzerland-based company’s decision to profit on the back of the charity event drew fire from campaigners for ticket reform. The FanFair Alliance said: “Teenage Cancer Trust have gone to huge lengths and expense to prevent resale and profiteering of their tickets. To all intents and purposes they are are non-transferrable, with buyers needing to provide photo ID on the door.
Not only are Viagogo encouraging touts to sell these tickets at vastly inflated prices, none of which goes back to the charity, they attempt to circumvent the terms and conditions by advertising that the buyer will be accompanied into the venue by the seller. “Leaving aside the moral repugnance of profiteering at the expense of teenage cancer sufferers, this appears a flagrant breach of consumer law and yet another reason why government intervention is so desperately needed.”
Conservative MP Nigel Adams said: “It’s disgraceful that Viagogo are profiteering from selling tickets meant to be raising money for a teenage cancer charity. They should perhaps examine their consciences.”
Lets take a stand together and boycott Viagogo.