Monday, 20 September 2021

Elton hits out at rocketing ticket resales

ELTON JOHN has branded websites reselling tickets to his shows this summer at inflated prices a ?disgrace? .

ELTON JOHN has branded websites reselling tickets to his shows this summer at inflated prices a ?disgrace? .

The Rocket Man singer, who will perform on the opening night of the Henley Festival, urged fans not to pay over the odds to see him, saying: ?I?d rather have empty seats.?

Sir Elton added: ?I think it?s extortionate and disgraceful. The fact they?re willing to pay that [amount] is fantastic but I?d rather they?d save their money and not come.?

His comments came after a would-be fraudster attempted to sell tickets to see the singer at Henley at almost 15 times their face value, despite not actually owning them.

A handful of tickets to see him perform on the ?floating stage? on Wednesday, July 6 appeared on the ticketing website www.viagogo.co.uk last month but were later removed after a news report about them was posted on www.henleystandard.co.uk

Tickets to see him perform at other venues on his Wonderful Crazy Night tour are being resold on Viagogo and StubHub. Fans are legally entitled to sell unwanted tickets on websites.

Meanwhile, the Kenton Theatre has booked Your Songs, an Elton John tribute band, for two nights on the weekend after the festival.

Joel Coombes has been performing as Elton since 2008 and has performed worldwide. During his act he takes on the mannerisms as well as the look and sound of the pop superstar.

Ed Simons, chairman of the Kenton trustees, said he couldn?t resist booking the group.

He said: ?I think everybody was thrilled to hear the announcement that Elton was coming to the festival and then, as always with all these things, so many people are disappointed when they can?t get tickets because there is only a certain number.

?We thought we would provide another opportunity for a few more people to see and experience an Elton John show, albeit a tribute.

?It is the number one Elton John tribute band in the UK and there will be a full band with piano, sax and drums. Joel is great ? he looks the part, sounds the part and he plays all the well-known hits.?

The shows are on July 15 and 16 and tickets will cost £25.

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