The line up is usually pretty good, and for about AUD $120 or thereabouts, we get to see an enormous line-up of bands. Normally about 20, if we really push it.
And this years' line up is no different. The early names announced look a little like this:
- Rage Against the Machine
- Arcade Fire
- Hilltop Hoods
- Billy Bragg
- Paul Kelly
- LCD Soundsystem
- Sarah Blasko
- Midnight Juggernauts
- Dizzee Rascal
- Something with Numbers
- Cut Off Your Hands
I missed the 2007 BDO through general slackness - I just didn't get my shit together in time to buy a ticket. But it normally doesn't sell out until late December, or early January.
This year, 40,000 tickets went on sale on 12 October. And this week, it sold out.
What is disgraceful about this, is that this early exhaustion of tickets can only be driven by one thing.
I've been critical of concert promoters in the past. They're a disgusting lot who have the solution to scalping, but have the nerve to say that they don't have the answers. Or worse:
"We think scalpers are disgusting and we are taking steps to ensure that they don't spoil the fun for everyone else."
Or words to that effect. Which is just disgraceful lies on their part, because the answer is plain as day - put purchasers' names on the tickets.
The theory behind this is a very easy one. At the gate, when they check your ticket, they can also check to see that you're holding valid photo ID confirming that you're you.
Yet they (being promoters Lees and West) won't do it. Why not? They already confirm your ID when they verify your drinking age?
Now I have to decide if I'm going to cough up the cash and go for a scalped ticket. This is a 24 carat DISGRACE!!!™
Right now, I am really, really, pissed off and looking to take my frustrations out on something.
Maybe I'll have a barbie that day, and call it the Big Day In.
In any event, I'd love to hear any stories from anyone who has been bitten by scalpers. Or just plot some revenge.