Despite bearing witness to a bloodied attack of terror, many of the victims of the Manchester attack may not be able to get free tickets to the Sunday’s benefit concert because of a legal loophole.
Laura Smith, a Manchester mum who attended the concert with her two young daughters, says because she bought her original tickets to last Monday’s Ariana Grande concert from a resale site, she does not have her original booking reference to qualify her for the benefit concert.
The One Love Manchester Benefit Concert will take place at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Sunday June 4. The aim, of course, is to raise money for the victims of the Manchester terror attack and their families.
When Grande announced the concert and fundraiser, she offered free tickets to fans who were at her Manchester show when a bomb detonated and killed 22 people.
However, for people like Laura Smith who bought their tickets from a secondary website, there are concerns they will not be able to prove their original booking reference and therefore qualify for said tickets.
“I’ve been trying to find the original purchaser on Facebook, but I’ve had messages from other people who were there last Monday who don’t want to go to the benefit concert,” finance manager Smith told Mirror Online.
We need to talk about Manchester.
In a statement to The Mirror, Ticketmaster said they had recognised the problem and were working to fix it.
“We are doing everything possible to extend the offer to all fans we can verify were at the show,” they said.
The concert will have performances by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Usher and Niall Horan.