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
HELP! the ticket website isnt working #eurovision
— EwanESC (@EwanESC) December 15, 2014
Any Eurovision ticket provider be like pic.twitter.com/MYMzCNoobP
— Yassou Hana (@hanaleakey) December 15, 2014
— Kris Berry (@kristopherberry) December 15, 2014
Eurovision tickets sold out in like 10 minutes and the site was full of bugs. Sad day. Might not be worth going for the next lot in Jan. — Lauren (@glasgirl) December 15, 2014
— Sébastien Jehlen (@SJehlen) December 15, 2014
Eurovision’s ticketing system has completely fallen over. Please tell me why this isn’t done by lotto? — Andrew Fergusson (@andrewfergusson) December 15, 2014
@Eurovision I had got through checkout & supplied visa details but when going to confirm transaction the website crashed :/
— Queen Gallifreya (@QueenGallifreya) December 15, 2014
— Jezebel Horsell (@JezHorsell) December 15, 2014
Ticket sales for #Eurovision crash again. Same every single year. You would think this day in age the system could cope. Where’s the abacus?
— Dr Eurovision (@dreurovision) December 15, 2014
The “just sit back and relax” message on the Eurovision ticket waiting page is stressing me out to the max. — Stephen Lynch (@stephenplynch) December 15, 2014
— Steven Perkins (@stevenperkins) December 15, 2014
On Ticket Touts
Wonder if I can sell enough “I Was There – Eurovision Ticketing Meltdown 2015” shirts to be able to afford what the scalpers are charging. — Derek Nielsen (@OzhoopsDrek) December 15, 2014
I have to concede temporary defeat on Eurovision. There are a thousand tickets on scalper auction sites now, of course. Assholes.
— Joshua Meadows (@joshuameadows) December 15, 2014
@Eurovision how about selling the next batch to fans only?
— Paul Cuffe (@paulpanyan) December 15, 2014
— Daniel Brye (@DanielBrye) December 15, 2014
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
— Sietse Bakker (@SietseBakker) December 15, 2014
On ticket touts
@jonwillchambers There will be more available in the next months, so everyone still has the chance to get them at official rates.
— Eurovision (@Eurovision) December 15, 2014
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: