Body-positive artist Lizzo, who is rising to fame due to her genre-crossing catalog, is making her first stop in Ireland later this year, but fans are frustrated after tickets sold-out almost instantly, only to see “platinum” tickets available moments later at more than triple the original price.
Lizzo first announced the show at Dublin’s The Olympia last Monday, and tickets went on sale this past Friday. However, tickets, which were originally priced at €44.45, sold out within seconds. When tickets went back on sale, disappointed fans were excited to have another shot at scoring seats, but this time, the “official platinum” tickets on Ticketmaster were listed for triple the price at €140. With fees, one ticket added up to €160.
Fans expressed their frustration on Twitter, and Ticketmaster responded to some people, noting that “tickets are sold by fans for fans” and the listed price is “what the fan paid for.” However, tickets were not originally priced at €140, so fans are feeling scammed.
Are Lizzo tickets really €140 each for the Olympia, Dublin?
Please tell me I’m using the website wrong. That would make them the most expensive ticket I ever bought. pic.twitter.com/hxwck3Z2zq
— ChewyChewerson (@chewerson) July 12, 2019
The listed price on your website for circle tickets was 45 euro so tell me why/how they are being resold for 140 each? pic.twitter.com/7nNvphJT84
— Ms Reynolds (@ms_j_reynolds) July 12, 2019
@TicketmasterIre you are scamming music fans!!! You released a limited amount of tix for @lizzo at 10am and then immediately offered resale tix for 3x the original price! This business practice needs to end!
— Jenise (@sydneyvindy) July 12, 2019
— Steph Cooke (@StephCooke2) July 12, 2019
— jxnnifer (@jxnniferxx) July 12, 2019
— Sam Kinsella (@SamKinsella5) July 12, 2019
.@NoelRock maybe I missed a beat Noel, but I thought this was done away with? How are @TicketmasterIre facilitating resale at +200% price?! Jesus (€45.00 original price). @lizzo pic.twitter.com/AiaoouCz8s
— Dave FitzSummering (@DaveFitz58) July 12, 2019
So.. the Olympia has a capacity of 1,100 people… @lizzo is playing there.. Now trending in Ireland with 23k tweets… ? Unless she puts on like 10 shows, we’re all gonna be real disappointed.. pic.twitter.com/m4x8mSfKb3
— Amanda (@AmandaCiara88) July 8, 2019
Lizzo, who performed at Coachella, has been rising in the music scene since her debut LP Cuz I Love You. Similar ticketing situations happened during Lizzo’s onsales for her Cuz I Love You Too Tour in London and Glasgow, as there is a huge demand to see her. Yet, she is still slated to perform at smaller venues, leaving thousands of fans vying for tickets at the 1,100-capacity venue. This mimics the situation that happened to rising goth-pop star Billie Eilish, who was forced to upgrade numerous venues while on tour to meet demand.
After the sale, Lizzo recognized fans’ frustrations, promising that she’ll be in arenas next year and “I want everyone to see the show.”