Maybe everybody doesn’t hurt, to borrow the title of one of the band’s songs, but that’s not the case of the 122 people who might try to enter an upcoming R.E.M. show in Dublin, Ireland, with stolen tickets.
Police in Ireland are investigating the theft of the block of tickets, which were allegedly stolen somewhere between the U.K. and the Olympia Theatre concert hall where the show is to take place in late June. The theft was discovered Friday, April 6, and might have occurred prior to March 30.
Officials said the tickets are for the standing only section and have a number sequence of 0379 to 0500. All of the tickets have been cancelled, and authorities are warning fans that anyone who tries to enter the venue with one of the stolen tickets will be turned away. The 128-year-old Olympia Theatre has a capacity of 1,600….
“While there has been no evidence to date that tickets have shown up on tout [resellers] websites, REM today warned fans not to be misled into purchasing tickets at inflated prices from unofficial sources as they run the risk that these tickets could be stolen,” said a spokesman for MCD, the show’s promoter, who was quoted in the “Belfast Telegraph” newspaper. “All missing tickets have now been cancelled and deemed invalid by promoters thus holders will be refused entry on the night.”
The June 30th show is one of five consecutive dates in Dublin under the guise of being the band’s Working Rehearsal shows where they try out new material and work out the kinks for their upcoming tour. It’s the band’s first shows in Ireland in more than two years, which led to all five shows selling out quickly.