Metallica fans are going out of their way to get tickets for the band’s concert in Gurgaon on October 28, whether by fair means or unfair. But with a number of Facebook pages coming up that claim to give out concert tickets for free, there is a big chance of people getting duped.
However, the organisers say that you can only buy the tickets from their official website or ticketing partners. “The authentic tickets are only available on our website or with our ticketing partners. Any other tickets are hoax and can put the fans in trouble,” says Karuna Prithvi of Ticketgenie.com, the official ticketing partner for the concert.
Recently, a BPO employee in Bangalore, became victim to the hoax when he bought tickets for Metallica’s concert in Bangalore to be held on October 30. The man had come across a Facebook post wherein a person with surplus tickets was willing to sell them, albeit at an inflated rate. He deposited Rs 40,000 for four backstand tickets (actual price — Rs 1,650x4 = Rs 6,600). It’s a month now, and he has not received the tickets as yet.
Many similar Facebook posts are seen every day on the portal. “There are so many people in my profile who have bought the tickets quite early and are now willing to sell them. But I don’t know how authentic they are,” says Rahul Shah, 23, a Metallica fan.
“It’s fine if someone wants to give out the tickets to a friend or a relative, but announcing the sale of tickets at a public portal without formal authorisation is an offence,” says Prithvi.
“If I had not got my tickets, I am sure I would have also considered such posts. But taking advantage of someone’s innocence and duping them, is just not done,” says Deepak Chenakkadan, 18, a college student who will be attending the concert with his friends.
The Facebook page for the concert, with the maximum number of members, directs the users to various other online pages where one has to fill a survey in order to gain points to qualify as a ticket winner. “We have not facilitated any such surveys. If some websites are doing this, then we are not sure if these tickets would be accepted at the concert venues,” adds Prithvi.
Rock It Here!
* What: F1 Rocks
* Where: Leisure Valley, Gurgaon
* When: October 28
* Timings: 4pm
* Entry: Tickets only available at www.ticketgenie.com and ticketing retail outlets
* Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Center on the Yellow Line