Tickets to see Take That star Gary Barlow at two Tayside venues are being touted for sale at hugely-inflated prices — despite not going on general sale until tomorrow.
The singer will bring his solo tour to the Caird Hall in Dundee and Perth Concert Hall next April.
Yesterday, special pre-sale tickets went on offer for those who bought a copy of the singer’s autobiography A Better Me on Amazon.
And dozens of the briefs are already available on resale sites including Viagogo and StubHub.
Official prices for the show start at £38 with the most expensive ticket, a VIP package consisting seats close to the stage and other goodies, costing £168.50.
When the Tele visited Viagogo today, several balcony tickets were being offered for sale at up to £440 — more than twice the price of the most expensive face-value tickets and a staggering 11 times the cost of the cheapest.
StubHub had Dundee show briefs for sale at prices of up to £325.
Meanwhile, Perth tickets were being sold for prices upwards of £330.
Councillor Brian Gordon, who sits on the board of Leisure and Culture Dundee — which oversees the running of the Caird Hall — branded it “an absolute scandal”.
He added: “It is happening more and more often.
“They keep saying they are going to clamp down on it but that doesn’t happen. To fleece people like that is despicable.”
Adam Webb, campaign manager at FanFair Alliance — which campaigns for fair ticket selling — said that Barlow’s fans should steer clear of resale sites.
He said: “These listings do not provide such crucial details as seat and row numbers, so there is every chance that the tickets have been posted speculatively.
“The Caird Hall box office also makes it crystal clear that the reselling of tickets on a third-party website will result in the cancellation of a booking.”
Organisers for the Dundee show have said that tickets found to have been bought through third-party sites would be cancelled.
A spokesman for Leisure and Culture Dundee said that “the reselling of tickets on a third party website will result in cancellation of the booking”.
Fans have also been told that it’s unlikely they will be able to book tickets for the show in person or by phone through the Caird Hall box office — saying that tickets for the singer’s tour normally sell out online within minutes.
A Leisure and Culture Dundee spokesman added: “It is unlikely booking will be possible by phone or in person as previous Gary Barlow concert tour tickets sell out in minutes online.”
The Tele contacted Barlow’s representatives but had not received a response at the time of going to press.
Viagogo and StubHub were also asked to comment but did not respond.