TICKETS FOR the 32,000-capacity Radio 1 Big Weekend in Middlesborough sold out in 90 minutes, before appearing at vastly inflated prices on Viagogo.
The two-day festival’s line-up includes Mumford & Sons, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Rita Ora, Stormzy, The 1975 and Vampire Weekend.
Within days of the on-sale, Viagogo was listing Big Weekend tickets for up to £237, 13 times their £18 face value.
Around 85 per cent of the tickets were allocated for people living in the Middlesborough, Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar, Cleveland and Stockton areas.
Tickets for the event, to be held in Stewart Park on 25 to 26 May, were sold exclusively by Ticketmaster (TM), which is also handling face-value resale.
TM and the BBC have warned ticket buyers that only tickets re-sold via TM’s ticket exchange platform will be valid for the event. Tickets are printed with the lead purchaser’s name, but can be transferred to family and friends.
The festival will be broadcast across the BBC’s radio, TV and online channels throughout the weekend.
Tickets to the annual Big Weekend were free until 2016. Then last year’s equivalent event, The Biggest Weekend at four sites in Perth (20,000), Belfast (18,000), Swansea (26,000) and Coventry (30,000), introduced a charge of £18 plus booking fee.