Radio One has moved quickly to react to anger over the resale of tickets for the Radio One Big Weekend Derry~Londonderry 2013 on online auction sites such as Ebay - saying that tickets resold may not be honoured.
Tickets were made available at 9am this morning via the Radio 1 website, and were snapped up in less than an hour.
But as of 10am around ten pairs of tickets were listed on eBay. Pairs of tickets have already attracted bids of up to £100,000 - believed to be false bids from locals angered at those hoping to profiteer from the free ticket giveaway.
Commenting on the resale of tickets, a spokesperson for BBC Radio One said: “Tickets for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Derry~Londonderry are free and we work with those running major auction websites and sales outlets to have posts offering tickets for sale or trade removed.
“Those offering tickets for sale are breaking the Terms & Conditions they agreed to during the booking process and we reserve the right to cancel them.”
Scores of people posted on the Derry Journal’s Facebook expressing their delight at bagging tickets or disappointment at not.
Tickets had been due to be made available to the public yesterday but technical difficulties pushed the ticket giveaway back to 9am today.
Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra said he was sorry that not everyone could get a ticket.
“It’s great to see the enthusiasm and excitement in the city for BBC Radio 1‘s biggest event of the year.
“We will be bringing some of the biggest DJs and artists in the world and demand has been huge, so I’m sorry if you didn’t get a ticket. You will though be able to catch all the action on Radio 1, BBC Three, on mobile and our website.”
The three day music festival will be held at Ebrington from May 24-26