Fascinating and appalling statistic in this article about Adele’s anti-tout plans:
approximately 1.9% of the â€˜first waveâ€™ of Adele tickets ended up on secondary ticketing sites â€“ with some today being sold for prices in excess of Â£1,000.
1.9%. Itâ€™s a percentage thatâ€™s much lower than the touts would have liked to have achieved, with experts telling us the average arena gig sees closer toÂ 20%.
I knew it was a lot, but nearly 20%? That’s an astonishing amount of tickets, a huge pile of money and a bloody scandal.
In the absence of any legislation, the only way to stop this is to #leaveoutthetout (hashtag courtesy of Chvrches, who retweet fans’ last-minute ticket availability): if you’ve got spares or need them, there are ethical ticket exchanges such as Scarlet Mist and Twickets. The big-name resale sites are despicable, as are the people that sell on them.