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Fans Succeed In Shutting UK Online Ticket Agency

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A British ticket agency that provoked anger from many music fans has been shut down by the government. gained notoriety after customers complained that they paid high prices to get into sold-out shows, but their tickets never showed up.

The company appeared to sell more tickets than it could supply its customers on a regular bases.

The Department of Trade and Industry wound up the company in the public interest on February 2nd. became the most popular unauthorized ticket resale agency after being investigated by BBC watchdog programs twice, according to the news service.

It offered highly sought after tickets to sold-out concerts, festivals, sports events and theatre shows at severely marked up prices. The BBC reports that prices had risen as high as £1,777 for the Rolling Stones when the site was taken offline.

Musicians and fans alike attacked the site after it gained a reputation for only delivering tickets at the last minute or not at all, including Sir Cliff Richard calling it “a terrible rip-off.”

The Department of Trade and Industry has ordered that the site should distribute tickets that had already been purchased, but if any of the tickets were not legitimate, the company could not make exchanges or refunds for them.

The closure comes three months after concert, theatre and sports promoters in the country called for ticket resale agencies to be made illegal. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers