Ariana Grande will be returning to the city of Manchester this weekend (Sunday, June 4) to perform a benefit concert to support the victims and families of the horrific terrorist attack that took place last week on Monday, May 22.

The singer-songwriter took to social media earlier this week to announce the concert, which will also feature performers such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Niall Horan, and Miley Cyrus. It's not a surprise that tickets to Ariana's benefit concert sold out within minutes after going on sale at approximately 10 a.m. UK time today (which would be 5 a.m. on the east coast).Unfortunately, the high demand of tickets could be an incentive for scalpers to attempt to resell them at astronomical prices. The original tickets cost $52 (£40), and proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. But, as one person pointed out on Twitter, the tickets are popping up on resale websites for a lot more than that. According to this screenshot, a pair of tickets were being resold for £800, which is the equivalent to approximately $1,029.
And that's not the only issue that the benefit concert has run into with regard to ticket resale websites. Along with the paid tickets, a portion of free tickets were supposed to be given to people who went to Ariana's original concert on May 22. According to The Guardian, fans who purchased their original tickets for the May 22 show from ticket resale websites (such as Viagogo, Seatwave, and StubHub) are having trouble claiming their free benefit concert tickets because Ticketmaster cannot validate their original purchase. One fan explained: "My tickets were originally bought by a travel company specializing in music event travels. I then paid £100 for a £45 ticket on Viagogo. These companies [who originally purchased the tickets] can claim these [free] tickets they are not entitled to, and resell them all over again."
A spokesperson for Ticketmaster released the following statement: "With over 450,000 searches on our site for One Love Manchester over the last 24 hours, demand was always going to be extremely high. We are happy to report that there are thousands of fans who successfully purchased tickets during the general sale."

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