ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) presales for a few UK gigs started today, and I wanted to go to Manchester, cause that’s my favorite UK city for concerts.
Was happy like a little kid, and even more excited when I saw that there were TWO available seats in the FRONT ROW!! YEY!! I clicked on a seat to buy it, but instead of getting to the next step in the ordering process, I got THIS:
“You have left a single seat – “stuck between selected seats”. Leave at least two empty seats together”.
I stared at the message in disbelief. It had to be a technical issue. So I tried again, but got the same message.
Basically, Ticketmaster has decided that the CORRECT way to go to a concert is WITH COMPANY.
In other words, you are not welcome as a single visitor, at least you aren’t welcome to get any GOOD seats. If you absolutely INSIST on going alone, go and get some crappy seat in the back, you don’t have anyone to talk to anyway, so it shouldn’t make a difference.
Oh, and that was on my SECOND try.
On the first try, I also got a front row seat but when I reached the payment page (with 8 minutes left to complete the purchase) Ticketmaster conveniently “lost” my ticket.
There was an error, an issue – something, who knows. Funny how those “errors” tend to pop up every time there’s a major ticket release.
You’d think that they’ve never experienced large amounts of people at the same time on their site before? Why is it that that “error” NEVER occurs when I have a BAD ticket in my cart??
This stressed me out on the Rolling Stones ticket release, then on the Paul McCartney ticket release and now THIS.
It’s not a coincidence. Sooner or later someone’s going to expose exactly what’s going on. I can only guess.
If they stress people out, they won’t care what ticket they get or what it costs, cause at that Point, they’ll be eager to get ANYTHING.
But to DENY single concert visitors the POSSIBILITY to buy ONE ticket is… I’m lost for words.
I love concerts, it’s the essence of life, it’s what I live for. But these ticket sites have come up with so many creative ways to kill that joy the past few years, it makes you just want to stay at home sometimes.
“There’s a problem” (unspecified)
“You can’t buy THAT seat if you don’t bring a husband or a friend!”
“Oops, the ticket you had is suddenly and mysteriously gone eventhough you had it in your cart and had plenty of time to finish your purchase“…
Ticketmaster UK – I’m all ears. Why wasn’t I allowed that front row seat (leaving the OTHER front row seat to ANOTHER happy, single concert lover)??
Two available seats at the ELO concert in Manchester, UK. But out of reach if you don’t have a significant other, or a friend who ALSO just HAPPENS to like particulartly ELO, or you happen to KNOW anyone in Manchester in the first place… You are simply NOT allowed to buy THAT A V A I L A B L E seat!