Coldplay - Emirates Stadium June 2012. Tickets on sale 9am Friday 18th November 2011. I was online, logged in and punched in 3 for the unreserved seating at exactly 09:00... after a couple of mins - can't allocate your request. Try again - 7 min wait... think I'll be clever and start a second window - neat eh! No they've thought of that somehow via Cookies I presume or IP tracing spot it and tell me to start again - bugger. So go again about 09:10 now... more than 15 min wait. Hmm... not looking good. Not unexpectedly it tells me again cannot fulfill the request. One last try - instant rejection... sold out! What a joke.
So I try another site - that says all the cheaper ones are sold out already so I elect for the more pricey reserved seats... yippee success, however we'll need oxygen due to the altitude we are sat at and we're in a different postcode to the stage - how come they are £20 dearer than the nearer unreserved seats? Oh yes - of course they were all sold out... in 10 mins.... so I had little choice. Call me a cynical old git but I bet they are already available at inflated cost on the "fan ticket exchange" sites. The whole thing these days is a total sham. Still I'll have a happy teenage daughter when I tell her we can go to the ball... ;-) And of course we're lucky I have a job where I can have a coffee and have unrestricted access to the internet... how anyone who works in a job like a teacher or lorry driver or policeman etc. is ever likely to be able to buy concert tickets in the modern world is frankly beyond me - seems less than equitable. Maybe the old days of bunking off school to stand in a queue at the box office was in fact actually fairer.