Ed Sheeran says he is “deeply involved” about on-line touts who’re promoting tickets on his UK tour for as much as £1,000 every.
He is asking followers to not purchase them for such inflated costs.
The star has teamed up with face worth ticket platform Twickets for his April and Could live shows.
However dozens of listings have already appeared on secondary ticketing websites providing entry at inflated costs minutes after happening sale.
A consultant for Ed Sheeran advised the Press Affiliation: “We’re vehemently against the unethical practices that happen within the secondary market.
“We now have written to every of our companions, be they promoters, venues or ticketing corporations detailing the way in which wherein we anticipate tickets to be bought: direct to followers.
“We now have additionally partnered with an organization known as Twickets, which is a web site aimed on the moral resale of tickets.
“It permits followers to swap tickets at face worth or much less; we’re pushing them because the official resale accomplice and a protected place for followers to swap tickets.
“We’re conscious and deeply involved in regards to the web sites in query and have urged all followers to not interact with them to be able to keep away from being ripped off with larger costs or, probably, counterfeit tickets.
“As soon as once more, we urge all followers to solely buy tickets by official distributors.”
These distributors embody Alt Tickets, Amazon, AXS, Gigantic, My Ticket, See Tickets, Ticketmaster, The Ticket Manufacturing facility and Tickets Scotland, in addition to all official venue web sites.
Followers have been tweeting about their disgust of touting after failing to pay money for tickets to his 14-date UK and Eire tour, which have been launched on Thursday morning.
On secondary ticketing web site StubHub, 4 tickets to his gig at The O2 Area on 1 Could, initially priced at £77, have been being provided at £999 every plus reserving charges.
A StubHub spokeswoman stated: “Owned by eBay, StubHub supplies a protected and safe market for followers. Like all marketplaces, the costs are set by sellers and what they suppose the market will bear.
“Typically that is above the unique face worth however it’s necessary to notice that sellers can change their record value at any time earlier than the tickets promote.
“We frequently see costs decline as an occasion approaches and on common 40% of tickets on StubHub promote for face worth or under.”
In the meantime, a spokesman for eBay confirmed tickets had been faraway from the public sale web site.
The spokesman stated: “Tickets for gigs will not be allowed on eBay and any listings will likely be eliminated.”
Final yr, Adele introduced she was teaming up with Twickets for her sold-out Wembley Stadium live shows after followers paid as much as a reported £25,000 for a earlier tour.