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Thom Yorke: “I’m as f***ed off as you are” with touts

Radiohead fans aren't happy as tickets for three nights at the Roundhouse in May – the band's entire UK dates for the year – sell out in 20 minutes

By IQ on 18 Mar 2016

Thom Yorke, Radiohead, Corrado Ciotola

image © Corrado Ciotola

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has said he is as angry as fans who tried and failed to get tickets to the band’s upcoming world tour when they went on sale this morning.

Yorke (pictured) tweeted that “I’m as fucked off as you are” in response to criticism from British fans over the small size of venue chosen (three nights at the 3,300-capacity Roundhouse), a confusing purchasing system and – inevitably – the appearance of tickets for hugely inflated prices on resale sites. (One ticket has already sold for £961.99.)

In an attempt to thwart touts, tickets were limited to two per person, and the purchaser will be asked for photo ID on the night – something StubHub is apparently only too happy to help circumvent, offering its own helpful solution to potential buyers: “Due to ticketing restrictions, you will meet the seller the night of the event who will accompany you into the event.”

StubHub Radiohead, 18 March 2016

Radiohead are known for their dislike of ticket touting, and announced a partnership with with ‘ethical’ ticket exchange Ticket Trust in 2012.

Still, the unforgiving denizens of Twitter had no sympathy: One, Steve Payne, tweeted, that “if you want to stop secondary ticketing, why don’t you put a reasonable amount of tickets on sale?”, while another said: “Very disappointed in Radiohead. Too small a venue. Ridiculous prices. Kinda disgusting in my opinion; I feel betrayed.”

Radiohead’s shows at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Paris’s Le Zenith Arena and Madison Square Garden in New York have also sold out; tickets are still available for their two-night stints at LA’s Shrine Auditorium and Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City .

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