While we weren’t on site for the U2 concert in Manchester ourselves, reports are pouring in from the Manchester gig, specifying some extremely odd practices going on.
According to reports, people were given different instructions at different gates, sometimes even contradicting previous instructions. People with seated tickets were allowed early entry, disturbing the GA line, and causing lots of unrest.
While people were still in line at one gate, waiting for the doors to open, they were told the doors on the other side had already opened, causing even more panic and dangerous situations. In fact, the door on one side did open a lot earlier than on the other side, which coupled with wristband confusions caused people to miss out on getting into the first enclosure, despite having waited in line from early hours. We were told one girl broke her arm in the chaos and missed out on seeing U2 altogether.
But to top all this, reports have reached us that corrupt security stewards were actually offering desperate fans wristbands against hard cash (5 to 10 pounds).
But these are not the only problems. Now Ticketmaster, lastminute.com, and other ticket suppliers have refused to send out tickets to addresses outside of the UK. Foreign visitors are forced to collect their tickets at the box office, which can be a lot of hassle when planning to queue nice and early. And then there’s the people who ordered their tickets to be sent home, now can’t go and are now suddenly facing a box office collection.
We have it on good authority that Twickenham is doing their best to resolve the issues that came up in Manchester and we give them a big thumbs up for that.
While we realise U2 are not directly responsible for security measures taken at the different venues, we just wanted to give a shout out to make clear there have been security problems surrounding the gigs. Hopefully something will be done to ease things up a little and prevent people from getting hurt.