Earlier today, legions of Euro-fans took to the internet armed with their credit cards and crossed fingers, as the first batch of Eurovision tickets became available at 9:00 CET. Some lucky souls were successful, but many more were thwarted by technical issues and ticket touts. After 20 minutes of furious refreshing and waiting they had to give up, as the EBU declared that all tickets had been sold. We’ve rounded up a selection of tweets from frustrated fans.

On The Technical Issues With Oeticket.com

On Ticket Touts

EBU Response

Fans weren’t the only ones to take to twitter. Both Sietse Bakker (Eurovision’s Event Supervisor) and the official Eurovision account responded to a selection of disgruntled tweeters.

On the availability of tickets

On the website’s language issues

On ticket touts

More Tickets

After the dust had settled, the EBU cheerily announced that the initial batch only accounted for 25% of all tickets, and that more would go on sale in January. But by then everyone was like:

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[…] to buy online, but disaster struck. The OEtickets website crashed. The phone lines were down. No one on Twitter actually knew who managed to purchase tickets. Thousands of desperate Eurovision fans just like us were competing to attend and 100,000 tickets […]

David Thielen
Member

Maybe they hired the same company that did the original Obamacare website.

Oostenrijk
Guest
Oostenrijk

I was lucky to get two tickets for the semifinals on wien-ticket.at, which is also an official partner, but only for domestic affairs. So there’s no shipping.

But I don’t understand why, when oeticket.at, stadthalle.at and wien-ticket.at use the same booking system, the one company still has available tickets when the other had none?!

Hebbuzz
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Hebbuzz

I had got through checkout & supplied visa details but when going to confirm transaction the website crashed :/ and on retrial the site told me the special code already was used… OK fill in the contact form and try to stay calm ….

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

Those tickets are like golden or platinum diamonds. So no wonder the ticket sales and how quickly 100,000 tickets for 9 shows have caused a lot of frustration.

I thought about getting tickets myself but I would be burning a hole out of my parents’ pockets and I don’t like doing that. Nevertheless, I hope to go to Eurovision 2016, wherever it is (I hope Ukraine, Bosnia Herzegovina, Slovakia and Bulgaria return as well and MAYBE Kosovo debuts.).

Oostenrijk
Guest
Oostenrijk

Sietse Bakker sounds like an asshole.

And why should we believe in January everything’s fine?

Yesterday morning was a complete waste of precious lifetime, since lifetime is limited y’all

Thiefo
Guest

May the odds be ever in your favor?

Jethro
Guest
Jethro

Oooo. Interesting tip Mikael! I will try my iPhone in Jamuary!

Maikel
Guest
Maikel

It was very stressful this morning… Website on the computer didnt work.. but on the Phone i got straight through. Managed to get me seats for the final and standing tickets for semi 1…. 😀

Jethro
Guest
Jethro

Wish they had told us about the 25% things before today. I was freaking out after FAILING to get a ticket