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January 17th, 2006

Woah. :( @ 03:59 pm

U2 ticket chaos hits Brazil fans

Tens of thousands of Brazilian U2 fans were left empty-handed as the first day of ticket sales for a concert in Sao Paulo descended into chaos.

Fans waited in vain for more than 12 hours as tills in the supermarket chain which was selling tickets broke down.

Some 73,000 tickets were on sale with a limit of 10 per person for the 20 February gig. Demand for tickets far exceeded the supply, however.

Organisers apologised and said an extra show would be added for the next day.

Students could buy tickets for half-price, but the cheapest full-price ticket was 200 reais (£50, $88) - about two-thirds of Brazil's minimum monthly wage.

The show was marketed through a tie-up with the Pao de Acucar supermarket chain, which sold tickets through 10 Sao Paulo outlets and two in Rio de Janeiro.

Angry fans shouted slogans against the chain's president, Abilio Diniz, saying that in future they would shop at a rival chain.

Police were on standby in case of crowd trouble, but none was reported.

One fan, 29-year-old teacher Verna Zula, had waited since 0300 for the tills to open at 1000 on Monday.

"I wouldn't have bothered if I had known it would be like this," she said on Monday evening.

"When I got here, there were 150 people in front of me. None of them have got tickets yet."

Source: BBC News

That really sucks :( But, uh, 10 per person?!
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Date:January 17th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Hah. Maybe U2 should just doing concerts by invitation only instead of selling tickets all willy nilly.
The guys are going to be so tired if they keep adding more and more shows the dates already listed. :(
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Date:January 17th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
i had heard about the high ticket prices..there was a lively debate going on on the u2.com forums with many north americans arguing that #88 dollars was cheap and 'quit the bitchin' but then they pointed out to us that yes, its indeed 2/3 of their wages for the month. that would be like me paying more than 800 bucks for a ticket! thats the problem with a corrupt monopoly. i have friends who didnt get tickets either, so i am hoping upon hope for a second show for them all. we've been spoiled (i've been spoiled) up here with so many shows to choose from.
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Date:January 17th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)

But, uh, 10 per person?!

I thought that too!!  Is it any wonder there aren't enough tickets to go round, if people are allowed that many each?  Who the hell needs 10 tickets anyway?
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Date:January 18th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh man it was all so ridiculous! All I heard from ppl that went to buy the tickets were horror stories, it's all just sad... I think no tickets were sold on the internet on monday, the website was always down...
The whole organization of the concert is a mess, it's really impressive how they were all so incompetent! And really direspectfull with their costumers, cause if they made all this just to get more money, well now they'll have to pay! Apparently PROCON (which is an institution for the protection of costumers rights) will fine them. I'm really happy about that!

I suppose U2 doesn't know about all of this, cause I think they wouldn't be very happy to know how their fans were basically tortured.
Plus there was the nutty stuff that ppl done to try to get the tickets, I don't know about the rest of the world, but over here pregnant women, ppl older than 65 and deficient ppl (sorry if that's not the propper term) get preference in lines, so all sort of stuff happened like ppl getting pregnant women to go buy tickets for them, or girls pretending to be pregnant, all sorts of stuff... it's really sad that that happened too...

Sadly I'm not going to the concert cause I don'thave the money to go all the way to São Paulo, but I'm happy cause I don't know what I would do if I was trying to access the website all day and it didn't work...

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