BBC Radio 6 Music Festival sold-out as touts take hold

Tickets for the five-day festival went on sale on Friday

THE BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, which is set to hit Glasgow in March, has sold-out.

The five-day festival will be headlined by ‘80s new wave group Depeche Mode and will take place in bars, clubs and concert halls across the city from March 22-26.

Depeche Mode will play to over 2,000 revellers at the Barrowlands on the event’s final day, with others such as Scottish post-punk heroes The Jesus and Mary Chain set to headline the historic venue to a capacity crowd on Friday.

Glasgow legends Belle and Sebastian will also play the Saturday at the O2 Academy in the city’s Eglinton Street.

BBC Radio 6 Music DJ, Lauren Laverne, said: “The 6 Music Festival is going further north than ever before! I love Glasgow and have so many great memories of the city, and the 6 Music Festival is sure to create some more. The music is going to be awesome!”

Gigs will also take place at some of the city’s smaller venues including King Tut’s, which will host an introducing showcase for upcoming Scottish bands on the opening night, with converted church St. Luke’s set to host events on three nights.

Tickets to see headliners Depeche Mode are fetching up to £700 on Viagogo.
Tickets to see headliners Depeche Mode are fetching up to £700 on Viagogo.

Upon going on sale last Friday, touts were flogging Depeche Mode tickets online for £700, despite only costing £30 at face value for every gig.

Tickets for Friday’s headliner Goldfrapp were not far behind, going for up to £220 on many websites.

Local event promoter at MFM Events, David Hanvey, said: “Look these sites and touts are terrible for fans and the industry as a whole.

“If a fan is paying £700 for a ticket the chances of them spending money on any other gig tickets are slim to none. That show will now be that person’s only night out in three months.

“The fans actually have the power to cut these leeches off at the knees by just saying no.”

SWG3 and Glasgow Tramway will also house events for the 6 Music festival.

Other performers booked for the festival are Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award winner Anna Meredith, Ride, Cate Le Bon and The Shins, among others.

Now in its fourth year, the event began in 2014 at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse, when it featured artists including Damon Albarn, Haim, The Horrors and Metronomy.

Last year’s festival, which was held in Bristol, featured acts such as Foals, Primal Scream, Underworld and Suede.

The Jesus and Mary Chain will headline The Barrowlands on Friday 23 March.

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