It will be no picnic for Limerick concertgoers

first_imgNewsLocal NewsIt will be no picnic for Limerick concertgoersBy Alan Jacques – April 1, 2017 916 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleLimerick to become part of the Wild Atlantic WayNext articleShannon’s sensory room will help passengers with special needs relax before flights Alan Jacques Advertisement Email Print TAGSElectric PicniclimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn Feinticket-touting Eighties pop group Duran Duran who will be among the headline acts at this year’s Electric Picnic Festival.Eighties pop group Duran Duran who will be among the headline acts at this year’s Electric Picnic Festival.LIMERICK Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has spoken out on the need for ticket-touting legislation to protect consumers against the practice of charging outrageous prices for tickets to entertainment events in Ireland.“The problem of ticket touting was highlighted this week after tickets for the Electric Picnic music event sold out in minutes, but appeared on ticket reselling sites immediately afterwards at huge prices,” Deputy Quinlivan told the Limerick Post.The three-day festival, which attracts thousands of Limerick music fans, will be held in Stradbally this autumn with Duran Duran, The XX, Interpol, London Grammar and Chaka Khan among the headline acts.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Weekend camping tickets for Electric Picnic, went on at a price of €246.10 including charges. Later on in the same day, tickets were still widely available on reselling sites at considerably inflated prices”, Deputy Quinlivan said.“Tickets on the Seatwave site, a Ticketmaster owned company, were selling for €474.98 for a weekend camping ticket, while the same tickets were selling for a total of €542.36 on the Viagogo site”.He believes this “disgraceful behaviour” is preventing genuine concertgoers and sporting enthusiasts the opportunity to attend events.“This needs to be tackled. I want to close this loophole with my Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017, which aims to address this issue and has two main objectives. Firstly, it will protect the ordinary consumer who buys tickets in good faith, only to discover that they cannot attend the event. This Bill would ensure that they will be able to dispose of their tickets, allowing up to a 10 per cent profit margin.Secondly, the Bill will act to stop those who purchase event tickets with the sole intention of reselling them at a profit. This Bill will dis-incentivise these ticket touts by means of substantial fines.”The Limerick politician feels the practice of consumers getting ripped off by ticket touts has continued long enough and the Electric Picnic case highlights the need for regulation in this area to protect Irish Alan [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more