Is there a hotter ticket in country music right now than Morgan Wallen?
Morgan is dropping his new 36-song album, One Thing At a Time, tonight at midnight. Then early this morning he announced that he would be performing a free album release show tomorrow at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
And before the box office even opened at 10 AM, traffic was backed up for blocks on Broadway and fans were lined up around the arena hoping to score tickets.
Some fans even brought their laptops so they could wait in line while they worked.
Well only about an hour and a half after tickets became available, the arena was already telling people not to come if they weren’t already in line. And by 1:00, just three hours after the box office opened, all of the tickets for the 20,000-seat arena were gone.
Needless to say there was a ton of demand for this show – and where there’s unmet demand, there are sleazy scalpers ready to make a quick buck.
Tickets are already listed on resale sites online, some for over a thousand dollars, despite originally being free – and despite the claim that they were “non-transferable.”
Insane. And even more insane is that there’s no doubt that there will be people willing to pay those insane prices for “free” tickets.
There’s no word on whether Bridgestone Arena or Morgan’s team will take action to cancel the scalped tickets or stop people from selling them, but with physical tickets I assume it’s going to be pretty hard to keep people from flipping them to desperate fans to make some quick cash.
Either way, Morgan’s fans aren’t happy.
Hey Morgan… how do we stop the scalpers? pic.twitter.com/sVbJHi9uCe
— Ryan Parsons (@RynoParsons) March 2, 2023
Seems like no matter what artists do these days it’s a constant battle with scalpers. But selling free tickets for thousands of dollars? That just seems like a whole new level of scumbag.