Many Tragically Hip fans were left empty-handed Friday as tickets for some of the band’s upcoming summer concerts sold out almost immediately.
Within minutes after the start of the public sale, it appeared that all available tickets for three arena shows at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre had been snapped up, along with dates in Hamilton and the band’s final stop in Kingston.
Good luck to everyone who'll be trying to get Hip tix at 10am. Unfortunately I suspect many of you will end up… pic.twitter.com/HNWY11WRMY
— Gruber's Mullet (@GrubersMullet) June 3, 2016
Shows in Edmonton also sold out while tickets for three concerts in British Columbia will go on sale later today.
Disappointed fans took to social media to express their suspicion that a large portion of the tickets were bought by resellers hoping to capitalize on the intense interest.
— Aubrey Cumming (@AubreyGoCumming) June 3, 2016
Really disappointed not to get Hip tickets, but at least am very happy to not pay Ticketmaster's reprehensible service fees. #Gouge
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 3, 2016
BREAKING: Ticketmaster assures Tragically Hip fans that paying inflated prices on Stubhub is what Gord would have wanted #TragicallyHip
— Ian MacIntyre (@MrIanMacIntyre) June 3, 2016
This tour is widely expected to be the final one for the iconic Canadian band, given lead singer Gord Downie’s diagnosis of incurable brain cancer.
“Hope the scalpers have a great time at the Tragically Hip shows!” tweeted user David Kennedy shortly after tickets sold out.
Was part of a good primavera performance today: "3 Canadians huddled on our phones trying to buy tragically hip tickets"
— Aaron Vanimere (@amvanimere) June 3, 2016
— Rachel C. (@radiofriendlyrc) June 3, 2016
Others remarked that there seemed to be relatively few happy tweets from fans who were actually able to buy tickets.
“So did literally no one get Tragically Hip tickets??” asked user Ali Neil on Twitter.
— Laurita (@lolalito) June 3, 2016
Was on Ticketmaster the second tickets went on sale, nothing available. Disappointing. #TragicallyHip
— Ted Slone (@Ted_Slone) June 3, 2016
— Darth Blackula (@Jay_McNeil) June 3, 2016
Didn't even get any options for Tragically Hip tickets, day ruined
— sarah (@sarusaurus) June 3, 2016
Not everyone was shut out of tickets though and fans who chose the old-fashioned approach – lining up at Ticketmaster outlets – seemed to have greater success.
Emily Plunkett was one of the fortunate ones who stood outside the ticket booth at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa where a small group of fans waited all night.
All of them were able to secure tickets, she said.
Less than half an hour after the public sale began for the Toronto shows, more than 2,500 tickets were listed for marked-up prices on StubHub.