Tasmanian events targeted by ticket reseller Viagogo

Tickets to Elton John's Hobart concert appeared on Viagogo, before they were on sale, for more than $300.
Tickets to Elton John's Hobart concert appeared on Viagogo, before they were on sale, for more than $300.

Tasmanian events are being targeted by an overseas ticket reselling website, with some tickets being advertised as more than triple their face value.

Nitro Circus, AFL matches, and Midnight Oil and Elton John concerts are some of the upcoming events that have over-priced tickets advertised for sale online.

On Switzerland-based ticket reselling website Viagogo, tickets to next weekend’s Nitro Circus in Launceston start at $90.59.

Through the authorised seller, they start at $64.40.

Before tickets to Sir Elton John’s Hobart show were even on sale, they were advertised on Viagogo for more than $300.

Chugg Entertainment boss and Launceston-born tour promoter Michael Chugg spoke to The Examiner about the need for more legislation around roping in ticket reselling websites, such as Viagogo.

Chugg said fans were unwittingly paying exorbitant prices for tickets.

In some cases, fans were being turned around from events at the gate, not realising that the tickets they had bought were invalid.

He said that, in order to make sure they were buying legitimate tickets, people should buy their tickets directly from authorised seller websites.

Viagogo has paid search engines such as Google, Chugg said, so that its website is the first result returned in event ticket searches.

A spokesman for Consumer, Building and Occupational Services said it has received two enquiries “specific to Viagogo” and 11 for ticket scalping.

”Tasmanian consumers should always review terms and conditions prior to purchasing tickets online,” he said.

Viagogo was contacted for comment.