One in 12 music festival tickets are fake

Some idiot at an idiot music festival with loads of other idiots

Music festivals are full of puke, sewage, idiots and rubbish bands. So the news that one in every twelve ticket sold for music festivals is a fake should fill me with glee. I mean, irritating shite-hawks getting ripped off? HAHA!

Of course though, with this being a serious and good-hearted consumer something website, I have to point out that I'm not being entirely serious with my opening paragraph. Basically, that means I have to point out that some festivals aren't pukey at all.

If you're one of those moo-brained dipshits thinking of going to a musical event this summer, then be on your guard. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has sent out a warning that there's a lot of fraud going on around the UK music festival scene.

The figures – from a study of ticket frauds at all of last year's music festivals, published in the Guardian – also shows that, on average, if you're getting ripped off, it'll be to the tune of (roughly) £80 per person.

"We estimate that one in 12 of the fans are caught out by fake websites," says Kate Hobson, performance manager for Consumer Direct, the OFT's consumer protection body for anyone booking tickets online. "And we now know that the average loss to each fan is £80."

So how do they do it? Send out the scalpers with duff tickets when people go to pay on the door? Well, these days, things are a bit more sophisticated. These highly organised gangs use websites that mimic those used by bands and festivals to pocket your pennies.

"It is known to be linked to organised crime," says John Probyn, chief operating officer of Download, Britain's second-biggest music festival, which packed 110,000 fans into Castle Donington this year. "We have known about fake-ticketing websites for some time, but in the past three years it has developed into a big business."

"Every time we have tickets go on sale for a festival or a big show, you only have to do a quick search of the internet and can bet that half the sites that look official are, in fact, fakes."

Simply Red have been targeted by one team of scamsters who have set up a website called SimplyRedTour. Ian Grenfell, the band's manager, said: "When we first heard about the site, our lawyer managed to get it offline via their hosting company."

Alas, it reappeared on a different server which saw Grenfell enlisting the BPI in the fight.

The OFT has set up a website on to warn buyers how to avoid bogus tickets. Essentially, the news is this: Buy your tickets over the counter of a reputable store or go through the variety of rip-off gits that are well known and trusted outlets. Failing that, set up a crap blog and see if you can wangle freebies.


  • Paul C.
    "TICKETS! I'll buy or sell! " Mof, you're going to have to try harder than that to beat Paul's home run of an article from yesterday!
  • John S.
    You'd have to be fucking stupid to fall for a ticket scam site.
  • Simon B.
    It's not fucking difficult to buy stuff from reputable and recognised companies over the internet. If you are ever not sure there are loads of consumer review and feedback sites which confirm whether it is a scam/dodgy or not. If you can't be arsed checking these things and happily type your details into any site you see then you deserve to have all your cash taken and a hot poker up your bum.
  • Mo
    No Shit Sherlock
  • Nobby
    There is something wrong with either the maths or the grammar. “We estimate that one in 12 of the fans are caught out by fake websites,” “And we now know that the average loss to each fan is £80.” So 1 in 12 fans are ripped off, and the AVERAGE loss to EACH fan is £80. For the average loss to each fan to be £80, that means that the total loss to 12 fans is £960. Only one fan is being ripped off, so they must be paying £960 for tickets to make the average loss for each fan to be £80. Either the average loss for each fan is £6.66, or the average loss to the fans THAT FALL FOR FAKE SITES is £80.
  • -]
    The average price of a fest ticket is about £80 - so the average loss (to each 'fan' who is scammed) is £80. The copy isn't perfectly clear, but it is pretty obvious what they mean. What type of fuckwit buys fest tix online anyway? (excluding glasto and one or two others). Turn up at the gate, or buy acquire tix from the promoter (pretend to be in a band, have a unique skill, or just become friendly with people on the fest circuit and get known as a diamond geezer/ette).
  • Reed M.
    Oh how I admired the music penalty from the decade, everything seemed to be way many yeasty than time .

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