Eurovision resale tickets are being flogged for almost £5,000 on third-party websites
Eurovision fans have been quoted almost as much as £5,000 to buy resale tickets through third-party websites while Rylan has hit out at the ‘ridiculous’ prices.
Thousands of fans tried to grab seats for this year’s singing competition, which is taking place in Britain after the country was asked to host the contest by last year’s winner, war-torn Ukraine.
However, the popular tickets for the song contest’s grand final in Liverpool in May sold out in just 36 minutes after going on sale at midday on Tuesday.
Fans were left infuriated when the Ticketmaster website crashed amid soaring demands, with punters being met with an error message amid the rush to get tickets.
With tickets for all nine live shows having quickly sold out, fans who are now trying to get resale tickets through third-party sellers are being quoted staggering amounts.
Resale: Eurovision fans have been quoted almost as much as £5,000 to buy resale tickets through third-party websites while Rylan has hit out at the ‘ridiculous’ prices
Shock: With tickets for all nine shows having sold out, fans who are trying to get resale tickets through third-party websites are being quoted huge amounts. Pictured: 2022 Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder
Though people can resell their tickets at face value through Ticketmaster’s Fan to Fan Resale platform, third-party sellers are listing tickets at a huge mark-up.
General admission tickets through online marketplace Viagogo are being listed for as much as £4,720 from third-party sellers, with two other prices on offer appearing as £2,360 and £3,540.
Rylan, who is among the 2023 song contest’s hosts, took to Twitter to hit out at the ‘ridiculous’ resale prices on Tuesday.
He fumed: ‘To the people selling Eurovision tickets at RIDICULOUS resale prices that arnt proper fans – p***ks.’ (sic)
A Viagogo spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Viagogo is a regulated marketplace and we want fans to have the options and flexibility they deserve for buying and selling tickets to live events.
‘It’s important to stress that prices can change and are not necessarily an indication of what a fan will spend. Tickets listed at eye-catching, high levels rarely, if ever, sell.
‘Having just gone on sale, demand for a Eurovision ticket is high, but last year some tickets for the event sold on viagogo for as little as £26. We encourage fans to keep monitoring our site for different options.’
A Eurovision statement given to ITV read: ‘We have switched off Ticketmaster’s ticket transfer option (this option enables purchasers of tickets to transfer their tickets into the names of others) in order to reduce the ability to resell tickets at inflated prices.
Sellers: Tickets through online marketplace Viagogo are being listed for as much as £4,720 from third-party sellers, with two other prices on offer appearing as £2,360 and £3,540
Not impressed: Rylan, who is among the 2023 song contest’s hosts, took to Twitter to hit out at the ‘ridiculous’ resale prices on Tuesday
‘Purchasers who wish to resell their tickets can do so at face value through Ticketmaster’s Fan to Fan Resale platform.
‘Any tickets proven to be breaching terms and conditions of sale can be invalidated.’
MailOnline has contacted Eurovision for further comment.
Ticketmaster’s website sold tickets for between £30 and £380 for the various live shows, which have now all sold out.
The international singing competition will take place at the 11,000-capacity Liverpool Arena later this year, culminating in the grand final on May 13, after Britain was asked to host the contest on behalf of war-torn 2022 winner Ukraine.
There will also be evening preview show – referred to as the jury show at previous contests – which is a dress rehearsal-style full run through of the show that takes place the night before the televised version.
Audiences attending the evening preview will be able to stay for a randomised version of the qualifier and points reveal, which gives the presenters a chance to practise for the possible different outcomes.
There will also be an afternoon preview show – usually referred to as the family show – which is a full run through of the live show that will take place earlier in the day and is therefore ideal for those wishing to bring younger children along.
There will also be a randomised points reveal at the afternoon preview show.
Emmy Award-winning actress Hannah Waddingham and singer-songwriter, pop star and TV presenter Alesha Dixon will also be in attendance.
Ukrainian broadcaster Timur Miroshnychenko will be the Eurovision Correspondent in Liverpool, while former sportswoman and television personality Sam Quek will front the Opening Ceremony live stream on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube Channel and Mel Giedroyc, Scott Mills, Rylan and Claire Sweeney will also have roles.
Highly sought-after tickets will also be available for the live televised show, which will see audiences across Europe and Australia able to cast real votes.
Exciting: Eurovision hosts were revealed as (L-R) Sam Quek, Mel Giedroyc, Rylan, Julia Sanina, Graham Norton, Hannah Waddingham, Alesha Dixon, Scott Mills, Rylan and Timur Miroshnychenko
Presenting the Grand Final on May 13 to a global audience of 160 million will be Eurovision legend Graham Norton. He will also be joined by Ukrainian singer, composer and frontwoman of The HARDKISS alternative band, Julia Sanina.
Ukrainian refugees living in the UK through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Ukraine Extension Scheme will be able to apply for cheaper tickets.
It was previously announced that the UK Government will make around 3,000 tickets available for those who were forced to flee their home country when Russian troops invaded last year. The subsidised tickets will cost £20.
The semi-final evening preview kicks off at 8pm on May 8, with the grand final live show bringing the contest to an end starting at 8pm on May 13.