Taylor Swift tour tickets listed for as a lot as $22,000 as Ticketmaster crashes

Thousands and thousands of Taylor Swift followers swarmed Dwell Nation’s Ticketmaster web site on Tuesday to attempt to rating seats for her first tour in 5 years, inflicting periodic outages and lengthy on-line waits as some tickets have been rapidly posted for resale for 1000’s of {dollars}.

The ticket-selling web site mentioned in an announcement that “traditionally unprecedented demand” for Swift’s 52-date United States tour had seen tens of millions of individuals try to purchase presale tickets, which had triggered “intermittent points” that the corporate was “urgently” working to resolve.

Followers elsewhere reported ready in on-line queues for as much as eight hours, and lots of discovering they have been too late to buy tickets, which value between $49 and $449 every.

Whereas presale tickets have been initially solely open to Swift followers chosen as “verified fans” – a system set as much as deter bots and scalpers – some tickets have been already being listed on resale websites equivalent to StubHub for as a lot as US$22,700 (£19,100, A$33,500) every.

Ticket gross sales for west coast reveals have been delayed by three hours to assist ease stress on Ticketmaster. One other presale, for Capital One credit score cardholders, was postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday.

The Eras tour will likely be Swift’s first tour since 2018.

“I’m a failure as a father,” wrote Dave Pell, writer of the favored NextDraft publication.

“The one time my daughter actually wanted me to come back by for her, I ended up on the surface wanting in, banished to the barren badlands of the Taylor Swift ticket ready record wasteland,” he mentioned.

Different Swifties, the nickname for Swift’s followers, mentioned they have been repeatedly dropped from queues and turned their ire in direction of Ticketmaster. Some mentioned they took a time off work and felt the method ought to have gone extra easily.

A Democratic US lawmaker additionally criticized the corporate. “@Ticketmaster’s extreme wait instances and charges are utterly unacceptable, as seen with at this time’s @taylorswift13 tickets,” David Cicilline wrote on Twitter.

He added that the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Dwell Nation, which had Justice Division approval, shouldn’t have been allowed. “It’s no secret that Dwell Nation-Ticketmaster is an unchecked monopoly,” he mentioned.

Cicilline, who chairs the Home of Representatives antitrust panel, referred to as on the Justice Division to analyze. The company declined to remark.

The ticketing business has annoyed Individuals for years with hidden charges, restricted ticket availability due to presales, and different irritations.

Tons of of 1000’s of individuals did handle to purchase tickets, Ticketmaster mentioned.

Swift launched her latest album, Midnights, in October. She has promised hits from albums spanning her profession on the Eras tour, which is scheduled to begin in March and finish in August.

Reuters contributed to this report