Fans were excited to get a chance at nabbing seats to Harry Styles’ “Love on Tour” during Wednesday’s Ticketmaster presale, only to be met with insane prices.
The “As it Was” singer’s North American tour was announced in the first week of May, with the only Canadian stop in Toronto.
Ticketmaster directed people to sign up for its Verified Fan presale, which pledges to get “more tickets into the hands of fans fairly, and at the prices set.” According to the company, while being a part of this program doesn’t guarantee you a ticket, it’s supposed to keep seats away from bots and resellers.
But what a majority of concert-goers found on Wednesday was the opposite of what the Verified Fan account promised.
“What’s the point of being a Verified Fan and getting a presale access code if we have to deal [with] all this crap. 1000+ dollars for nosebleeds?” said Twitter user @MitchellAllie25.
What’s the point of being a verified fan and getting a presale access code if we have to deal w all this crap. 1000+ dollars for nosebleeds? You got me fucked all the way up #Ticketmaster @Ticketmaster @Harry_Styles
— Aloe Vera🌿🏳️🌈 (@MitchellAllie25) May 25, 2022
“[With] everything we’ve been through collectively the last two years I’m shocked [Harry Styles] would play at a venue where #Ticketmaster is selling tickets into the thousands,” tweeted another fan. “It’s just wrong. I’m not bitter but frustrated as I’m sure many Canadians are.”
During everything we’ve been through collectively the last two years I’m shocked @Harry_Styles would play at a venue where #Ticketmaster is selling tickets into the thousands. It’s just wrong. I’m not bitter but frustrated as I’m sure many Canadians are.
— KetoMusicLover (@KetoMusicLover) May 25, 2022
People took to social media to express their anger at the ticket sales and distribution company, sharing screenshots of the exorbitant prices to see the UK pop sensation.
Many seats were selling for over $1,000.
How in the cunting FUCK are these the prices for the sale?!? NOT EVEN FOR RESALE THIS IS FROM TICKETMASTER?!? Literally all I’m seeing are tickets priced for 1000+ what the hell is going on #Ticketmaster #LoveOnTour2022 pic.twitter.com/8bBrPvu1vT
— satellite lover!⁷ᴴ (@valesantilopezz) May 25, 2022
“How is this even allowed lmao,” @haleyhozella tweeted, sharing a photo of ticket prices.
— haley:) (@haleyhozella) May 25, 2022
— Santana (@CalhounJimenez) May 25, 2022
um i’m not the person to complain but what is the it’s the presale, it’s actually sad and crazy they are that much, i love harry but this is just crazy asf #Ticketmaster #HarryStyles pic.twitter.com/Cnwax7jPyL
— 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒂 (@bella_b3b3) May 25, 2022
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You may think, well, maybe those thousand-dollar tickets will get you close enough to get sprayed the British heartthrob’s concert sweat. Nope. Based off of the screenshots, those tickets are not front-row seats to the show. Even seats in the nosebleeds cost up to $500.
— alyssa (@AlyssaPelotto) May 25, 2022
— 🙂 (@liloforeverxx) May 25, 2022
#Ticketmaster so fuckin greedy, how tf the prices go from 200 to over 1k in a matter of seconds. Bet they took that 10 minutes of me sitting in the queue (and I was waiting for 3 hours for it to open up) to buy most of them up and jack the prices up. This so unfair.
— TiTi 𓍊𓋼𓍊𓋼𓍊 (@evilhag69) May 25, 2022
“For anyone wondering how much pit tickets (that aren’t the stupid platinum ones) are in Toronto for 2 people, with tax n everything it’s $481 CAD, good luck getting seats everyone!” a Toronto fan tweeted.
#HarryStyles #Ticketmaster for anyone wondering how much pit tickets (that aren’t the stupid platinum ones) are in toronto for 2 people, with tax n everything it’s $481 CAD, good luck getting seats everyone!
— bec (@glutenfarts) May 25, 2022
Others are alleging that bots and scalpers were still able to snatch Verified Fan presale codes out of real people’s hands.
“Honestly f**k #Ticketmaster and the whole Verified Fan presale,” tweeted @lookupatbrashr. “So many hardcore fans didn’t get a code for Harry and instead it’s random bots and bitches.”
honestly fuck #Ticketmaster and the whole presale verified fan presale. So many hardcore fans didn’t get a code for Harry and instead it’s random bots and bitches
— cami (@lookupatbrashr) May 25, 2022
#Ticketmaster the fact that ticket master doesn’t even have like a recaptcha thing or whatever to verify ur not a bot is really just so telling that they don’t care who they’re selling their tickets to, as long as they get their money #harrystylestickets
— cats (@catsuoka_) May 25, 2022
What is the point of fan verified if doesnt reduce scalpers ticket prices inflate and theres no guarantee of tickets. Nothing #Ticketmaster
— Hayley☁️ (@Haylotheswiftie) May 25, 2022
There were a few fans that were victorious in getting tickets.
— Alyssa☁︎︎ (@aly_macmillan) May 25, 2022
— kiara🍂 (@tophs_mcu) May 25, 2022
But most just shared their anger towards Ticketmaster.
— Jasmine Nicole💙 (@jazznicole___) May 25, 2022
— Jordan Mousoulias (@jordan_elise10) May 25, 2022
me @ ticketmaster pic.twitter.com/dwuO8L19xP
— ash !? post ono depressed 🏡 (@awayfromhomerry) May 24, 2022
One Canadian fan summed up the ticket-buying experience perfectly.
“I’m 100 percent sure I have a better chance of getting into Harvard than getting Harry [Styles] presale for Toronto.”
— Kinslie 🍂 daydreaming (@Kinslie_Hedges) May 25, 2022
Daily Hive has reached out to Ticketmaster and Live Nation for comment.