Tickets being touted byRobbie William’s management on resale sites

Robbie Williams’s management team is placing tickets directly on to resale ticketing websites at higher prices, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show has found.

Ie:music put tickets for Williams’s 2017 tour on Get Me In and Seatwave – in one case for £65 more, before fees, than a similar ticket on Ticketmaster.

The company has previously called on the government to take stronger action against resale sites.

Ie:music has not responded to repeated requests for a statement.

Ticketmaster, which owns Get Me In and Seatwave, said the tickets – which it describes as “platinum” tickets – on the sites were “priced according to demand, in consultation with our clients, the event organisers”.

Tickets on Ticketmaster for seats on level one, block 126 – for Robbie Williams’s gig at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on Friday 2 June 2017 – were found by the  Victoria Derbyshire show to be priced at £95, before fees.

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Tickets as they appear on ticketmaster, the primary sale site

But on Get Me In, for “platinum” seats on level one, block 125, at the same gig, seats were priced at £160 before fees – £65 more expensive.

Because the tickets came straight from the artist’s management team, all the profit goes directly to them.

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Tickets for sale on the resale site, getmein.

A statement from Ticketmaster said: “Platinum tickets are a very small percentage of the best seats in the house that are priced according to demand, in consultation with our clients, the event organisers.

“The UK live events industry has been successfully using platinum for many years so that the full value of these tickets goes back to the rights holders and not to resellers.”

In Italy, the country’s lawmakers have moved to ban secondary ticketing, after a media investigation found evidence that Live Nation Italy was selling thousands of tickets directly on Viagogo at higher prices.

In a previous statement to Billboard Magazine, Live Nation Italy said the allegations related to a “small number of tickets, for a handful of international artists”.

Neither Viagogo or Live Nation UK have responded to repeated requests for a statement.

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