Liam Payne appears to be acting normally and hanging out with his fiancée Sophia Smith, but it turns out that Liam Payne is fighting a battle with ticket scalpers, and his anger may not be exclusive to the U.K.
The Mirror says on September 9 that Liam Payne is being noted by Attitude Magazine for being supportive of LGBTQ rights, and he will soon grace their cover with an exclusive photo shoot.
In other news, according to the Daily Mail, around September 6 Liam Payne was hanging out in Ottawa, Canada, with his main squeeze Sophia Smith.
However, in his final days with One Direction and their North American tour, Liam Payne is fired up about 1D tickets. Although earlier in the year it was noted that One Direction was having a ticket sales slump for their American leg of the On The Road Again tour, this is not what concerns Liam Payne.
About One Direction ticket sales, Forbes states that they have surged to 308 percent since Liam Payne and the gents announced their 2016 hiatus.
What is Liam Payne’s problem in all of this? Forbes gives the following clue about Liam Payne’s anger in their August 28 report.
“Despite the increase in demand, ticket prices have remained relatively inexpensive. Since quantity available has been very high, prices have not increased and don’t expect to go up significantly unless demand continues for some time.”
Obviously, One Direction is not overcharging for tickets, so why is Liam Payne talking about ticket prices being too high?
J-14 states on September 9 that Liam Payne has made an explicit point on Twitter to shield fans in the U.K. from expensive One Direction tickets that are bought from One Direction official sellers but are resold to 1D fans at a higher price by a third-party seller.
Specifically, Liam Payne tweets on September 8, “Outrageous that tickets for our UK shows are trading at hundreds of £’s on some sites. Please don’t use them!”
But is Liam Payne also talking about American ticket scalpers? Unfortunately, there are some instances where Liam Payne might be suspicious.
For example, Press Release Rocket alleges that Capital City Tickets has slashed the prices of the One Direction tickets to the Boston-area Foxborough, Massachusetts, concert on September 12.
Regardless, this may not be the good news that One Direction fans are expecting. Although Scam Advisor gives Capital City Tickets a good rating, the stadium where One Direction performs may side with Liam Payne’s objections because Capital City Tickets is not listed on the stadium website as an official ticket seller.
Gillette Stadium, where One Direction will host their last North American show on September 12, has a statement on their website specifically urging fans to not purchase tickets from third-party ticket sellers — at any price.
Gillette Stadium‘s advice does not follow Liam Payne precisely because they are not talking about high ticket prices. Instead, they highlight the hidden dangers behind the ticket scalping Liam Payne objects to.
The stadium states the following advice for One Direction fans looking to avoid unauthorized, third-party ticket sales scams that may or may not be overpriced.
“The only way to ensure you have a valid ticket is by purchasing through authorized sites… Beware of people asking for payment via cashier’s check or wire transfers as scammers like to use these as a blind method of payment.”
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