MUSIC fans are continuing to bid hundreds of pounds for tickets to Coldplay’s charity homecoming concert.
Twelve ticket holders have now put their tickets up for sale via the internet auction site ebay and are asking for as much as £1,000 a pair to anyone who wants to buy them.
Visitors to the auction site are bidding as much as £510 for a pair of tickets — more than five times the original price.
And the actions of the touts have angered scores of people who missed out on the chance of buying tickets.
Organisers of the concert have also said they are disappointed the tickets are being sold for profit.
Ebay said it had a policy with charity gigs to donate at least 20 per cent of profits if tickets were resold in this way. However, a spokesman said Mencap had not alerted it to this particular event so it was not able to put the policy in place on the sales. As a result, none of the profit made by the sellers looks set to benefit Mencap.
A spokesman for the event said: “It is very disappointing.
“The reason we do these gigs is that Mencap desperately needs funds and the money we raise goes directly to the people Mencap supports.”
Just 500 tickets were available for the charity gig at Exeter Castle on Saturday, December 19.
Chris Martin and his band will be joined during the evening by singers Lily Allen and La Roux. Radio One DJ Jo Whiley has helped organise the event.
Those who missed out on buying tickets have voiced their anger on the Echo’s website.
Karen, from Plymouth, said: “In my opinion it is not fine to make hundreds and hundreds of pounds out of a charity — in the season of goodwill. I hope HMV have the sense to cancel all tickets and put them up for resale to genuine fans.”
Becky, from Exeter, said: “I am really disappointed with those selling their tickets on ebay. I think those tickets up for sale on ebay should be cancelled and resold to those who would really like to enjoy the concert.”
David, from Exeter, said: “In the first place, the self-print tickets have the holder’s name printed on them.
“They say ID checks may be implemented.
“If they really want to stamp out this sort of profiteering they should put out a statement that there will be such checks right now.”
But Tony, from Exeter, disagreed. He said: “The charity sold all tickets available and therefore could not have made any more money. What would you say if I sold two tickets on ebay for £1,000 and gave half of it to back to Mencap, would you criticise me?”
A spokesman for ebay said: “We work with thousands of charities and are delighted to support them but we cannot be held accountable if we are not told about it or approached about it by Mencap.”