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11th March 2012
Strong rumour that Foo Fighters, Kasabian and The Cure are to headline Reading/Leeds

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Festival tickets go on sale tomorrow - avoid the great ticket scandal buy legit only

One of the most exciting festival line-ups of the year is set to be released tomorrow evening at 7-15. A most welcome rumour reached our ears with the news that Kasabian, Foo Fighters and The Cure are going to be confirmed as headliners this year! It now looks like Radiohead are not headlining but may well be putting in an appearance! Of course we have no way of knowing if these are genuine whispers or just a wind up - we'll know for sure tomorrow.

The importance of these two festivals can't be ignored - they represent ground roots rock and roll that refuses to be tamed and have that essential 'edge' that so many events have lost these days. Reading festival has a genuine, authentic pedigree that makes it both awesome and unmissable. Love it or loath it you won't be able to ignore it, the festival with both depth and cultural meaning has provided that essential 'rite of passage' for generations.

We hope the headline got your attention because we just wanted a quick word in your ear before the official line-up is released and the official tickets for these two iconic events go on sale tomorrow.

There will be huge interest and high demand for Reading and Leeds tickets - Safeconcerts have been helping people avoid ticket fraud for years so we wanted to remind people ahead of the sale that the ticket market is till a minefield for the unwary and trusting. To be honest even those 'in the know' have fallen prey to ticket fraudsters.

Where there is big money to be made there are those waiting in the shadows to grab as much as they can from you, make no mistake about it the touts are waiting in the wings to relieve you of your money.

Do make sure you buy your tickets from legitimate outlets only, don't buy from ticket touts, ticket frauds or pay more for your ticket than the face value of £197.50 for a weekend ticket or £80 for a day ticket.

Beware of unauthorised ticket agencies including eBay, buying from anywhere other than legitimate primary sites can lead to a lot of trouble. You will pay over the odds for a ticket that probably will have never existed and might never materialise.

The recent Chanel 4 Dispatches programme highlighted what we have been saying since Safeconcerts began and should have proved to everyone that buying from these secondary sites is at best risky. We know for certain that the 'big three' are getting a number of tickets using underhand methods and by their own admission they are being supplied by touts. These sites are not "fan to fan" ticket exchanges.

The practice of withholding information from customers has been exposed; buying large quantities of tickets with numerous credit cards and staff addresses - exposed. Promoter collusion has also been exposed. Shocking practices indeed - so why would you buy from these places?

Getmein were not investigated by Dispatches and they should have been, they are doing a great line in touting tickets - possibly even worse than the sites mentioned as they are owned by Ticketmaster and currently selling 1 Reading ticket for £360.37, no face value shown on the page either.

Reading/Leeds tickets are currently being sold for £365.29 on Viagogo and Seatwave has them for £399.42 - face value? £197.50. Viagogo are not showing the face value of the ticket on the main pages for these tickets.

What can you do? Don’t buy from secondary sites and don't feed greedy ticket touts.

Before you get on line tomorrow please do some homework - check out our Be Ticket Safe® directory and Ticket Safe area of the website - it will give you all the information you need to know about buying your ticket from legitimate, primary sources and tell you which sites to avoid.
Be Ticket Safe® and avoid ticket fraud:
only buy from legitimate outlets, don't lose out to scams & ticket touts

See our Be Ticket Safe® section for more in depth information about how to protect yourself

 
Official ticket sellers this year

Official online ticket outlets for Reading and Leeds

Seetickets
HMVtickets.com
Ticketmaster
NME.com
National Express(coach & ticket packages)
Ticketline
Gigantic
Stargreen
Ticketqueen
lastminute.com
VoyagenBus.com (France only)

In person from HMV Pre-sale at selected stores

Leeds
Reading
Birmingham High Street
Birmingham Bull Ring
Bristol
Cardiff
Liverpool
London Oxford Circus
London Trocadero
Newcastle
Nottingham
Oxford
Portsmouth
Southampton

From 8am Tuesday 13th March

The Hexagon - Reading(face value for cash or with booking fee for card)

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