People cashing in on a Paolo Nutini concert organised in memory of a Newport mum have been blasted by organisers .
And those attending the gig with tickets bought on the secondary market have been warned they will be refused entry to the show.
The gravel-voiced Scot announced plans to perform in memory of Bevlee Jones after her 13-year-old son Ieuan asked him to sing at her funeral.
It has now emerged that tickets for the event have been sold for hundreds of pounds through Viagogo, a website which describes itself as the world’s largest ticket marketplace, with operations in nearly 60 countries.
Fans of the singer reacted with anger when they saw that people were cashing in on the charity concert, which sold out in minutes, by selling tickets for inflated prices through the website for the show at the Newport Centre on Wednesday, July 20.
Wales-based event promoter Orchard Entertainment have since released a statement.
The company said: “Please note if you have bought a ticket to see Paolo Nutini at his only UK show for 2016 in Newport, remember to bring ID on the night as it will be checked along with the ticket you bought; the lead bookers name will be printed on the tickets.
“If you try selling these tickets or if you have purchased these tickets from a secondary ticketing site, e.g. Viagogo and the name on the ticket does NOT match your ID, you will NOT be allowed entry to the show.
“Due to the nature of this show, we do NOT condone the resell of tickets.”
Orchard director Pablo Janczur said that he had contacted Viagogo who reassurted him that “they would remove tickets that came printed with names and addresses on them – and the tickets that had been sold had been listed in error.”
Pablo said: “It’s shocking that people are selling tickets at inflated prices but people who buy them have to know they won’t get in.”
He added: “We are in the process of workign with ethical ticketing reseller Twickets who sell tickets at face value, so if anyone attending the concert has a real reason that they can’t make it we will give them the opportunity to sell theri ticket at face value through Twickets.”
In March 34-year-old Bevlee Jones passed away unexpectedly.
She was a huge Paolo Nutini fan, so Ieuan sent a heartbreaking message to the pop star, asking if he would play at his mum’s funeral.
Now Paolo will give his only concert in the UK this year at the 2,000-capacity Newport Centre with all profits from the show going in to a trust fund set up for Ieuan’s future.
Moved by the story
“When I heard of Ieuan’s plea it was with regret that I couldn’t attend,” Paolo said.
“I wanted to help him and I feel like a concert in aid of Ieuan himself and in memory of his dear mother was the right way to do so.”
Paolo Nutini fans from Wales and beyond who were moved by the family’s story have also decided to show their support for the teenager.
Many who were unable to secure tickets have expressed a desire to help the family further and a donation page has been set up for people to add to the trust fund set up to help Ieuan in the years ahead.
Ieuan’s family have been overwhelmed with the support shown to them by the people of Newport and beyond.
Ieuan’s grandmother Carol Davies said: “All I can do is thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for helping my daughter and her son. Bevlee would have been so proud.
“The concert will be a chance for those who knew Bevlee to remember her and celebrate her life.”
The donation page can be found at www.crowdfunding.justgiving.com
For further details visit www.paolonutini.com