Last August, the organization of Eurovision 2020 revealed that it wants to put Eurovision tickets on sale before the holidays. But a French website claims that it is already selling “advance booking” tickets, the most expensive of which costs 799 euros. Now the organisation of ESC 2020 is warning people to stay away from the site.
The French website Rocket Ticket is offering five different types of tickets for the Grand Final on the 16th of May. The cheapest ticket is 299 euros and the most expensive one in the golden circle is 799 euros.
Rocket Ticket says there is a possibility that the company may not be able to deliver the tickets. In this case, it promises to give customers their money back and a voucher with which they can buy a ticket for another event. This seems to suggest that the company is inflating prices and will use the funds to attempt to buy Eurovision tickets when they actually go on sale. Since the official tickets will no doubt be cheaper, the company stands to make a hefty profit for essentially waiting in line for you.
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The Dutch newspaper AD asked for an explanation from Rocket Ticket, but so far Rocket Ticket has not replied to AD’s request. The international review platform Trustpilot gives Rocket Ticket only two stars out of five. Of the 129 reviews, 21 per cent are excellent and 49 per cent are very poor. Ouch!
The organisation of Eurovision 2020 strongly dissuades everyone from buying tickets from websites like Rocket Ticket.
Spokeswoman Babet Verstappen told AD that “no tickets are on sale yet for Eurovision 2020.”
”We advise fans to purchase tickets only through the official channel. This will be Songfestival.nl, in collaboration with a reliable ticket seller. The expectation is that the tickets will go on sale just before the holidays.”
After Duncan’s Eurovision 2019 victory, the Mayor of Rotterdam Aboutaleb announced that the Eurovision Song Contest should be a party for everyone and that this would be reflected in the ticket prices. That makes tickets costing 799 euros seem pretty unrealistic.
Unfortunately, the website of Rocket Ticket is still online, so it is important to warn your fellow Eurovision fans not to splurge on tickets they may never get.
What do you think about these ticket touts? Do you think that the organisation of Eurovision should take a hard stance? Let us know in the comment section down below!