Ticketmaster Issues New Seats For Billie Eilish Show, Fans Feel Cheated Ticketmaster Issues New Seats For Billie Eilish Show, Fans Feel Cheated
Rising indie-pop star Billie Eilish will visit Chicago next month on her When We All Fall Asleep Tour, but ahead of the shows, the... Ticketmaster Issues New Seats For Billie Eilish Show, Fans Feel Cheated

Rising indie-pop star Billie Eilish will visit Chicago next month on her When We All Fall Asleep Tour, but ahead of the shows, the venue changed from  the Aragon Ballroom to the United Center. Now, fans are feeling cheated after they were assigned new seats.

Fans who originally purchased general admission tickets for the the Aragon Ballroom, who already had to jump through hoops through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan Program, were switched to section 300 at the United Center without any warning. One fan, Amanda Hoffman-Luke, bought presale tickets to the show in February and was excited to be able to score four floor tickets. She planned on traveling to the show from Ohio and booked a non-refundable AirBnB; this is going to be her daughter’s first concert, and Amanda planned on camping out early in order to make sure her daughter had the “experience of a lifetime.”

Everything was all set for the June show – until yesterday. Since Eilish dropped her debut LP When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? earlier this year, she’s been garnering a lot of attention in the industry. Due to high demand, her two Chicago shows at the Aragon Ballroom were moved to The United Center on the same night, June 9. Eilish claimed in an Instagram post that the shows were moved so “we can have the full production and we can fit more of you.” She went on to note that ticketholders will receive an email about seating and tickets; there would be no change in price and they would not have to buy tickets again.

Hoffman-Luke told TicketNews that’s when “all hell broke loose.” She received an email with her new seat assignment in Section 314.

“So I went what [from] what would have been floor seats since we were camping out, to the very last row in the highest section of the stadium,” she said.

In an attempt to get help from Ticketmaster, she reached out via email and did not receive a response. In a DM to Ticketmaster Fan Support, she asked if she would be able to exchange tickets for better seats, to which Ticketmaster responded: “We can attempt to pull GA tickets for you once the onsale begins at the new venue, but we can only cancel your current order. Sorry for the trouble!” However, Hoffman-Luke does not want a refund, as she already paid for a non-refundable AirBnB and the only reason she was going to Chicago was for this show.

Ticketmaster Fan Support responded once again, noting that “we do apologize, but we’re unable to make exchanges between two different venues, so the only other option is to provide a refund.”

The United Center has not announced a time for a new on sale date for the June 9 show, and Ticketmaster says on its website that the “on sale date and time are in the works.” Hoffman-Luke believes that the venue and Ticketmaster are holding these seats for people who are willing to pay double the price, noting “it’s pure greed, nothing else.”

“We are not rich,” Hoffman-Luke said. “This was a luxury we really couldn’t afford but knew it would be such a great experience that we were willing to stretch our finances to make it happen.”

Now, fans are left with the option of keeping the new seats provided to them – which are not what they originally paid for – or receiving a refund. Hoffman-Luke isn’t alone — other fans are letting out their frustration on Twitter:

As of this afternoon, the Aragon Ballroom, United Center, Live Nation Chicago, and Eilish’s press team did not respond to TicketNews‘ request for comment.

Olivia Perreault Deputy Editor

Olivia Perreault is the Deputy Editor for TicketNews. She is a graduate of The University of Rhode Island and holds a BA in journalism. As an avid concert junkie, she's been to hundreds of concerts and freelances for multiple online publications, including her music blog, found at OliviaGPerreault.com. Reach Olivia via email at [email protected]