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May 2011 Resellers Have Plenty of ACL Tickets

Resellers Have Plenty of ACL Tickets

Resellers Have Plenty of ACL Tickets
By Gary Dinges | Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 11:51 AM

Big-name acts such as Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Kanye West and Stevie Wonder have fans clamoring for passes to the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Zilker Park can hold around 75,000 people each day, but that’s still not enough room to accommodate everyone who wants to attend. This year’s lineup was announced Tuesday, and within minutes fans were hitting the Web and contacting resellers to buy and sell tickets to the fest, which runs Sept. 16-18.

Passes for Sunday — when performers include Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes and Broken Social Scene — were all that remained early Wednesday at aclfestival.com, the festival’s official website.

“They always go pretty quick,” said Amy Carpenter with Austin-based TicketCity. “We’re seeing big demand for three-day passes and Friday passes in particular.”

Supply varies day by day, Carpenter says, with tickets selling almost as soon as they arrive.

On Craigslist, more than 200 people were offering to buy and sell passes at prices two times face value — or more. Three-day tickets that initially sold for $165 and $185 were priced as high $400, while one-day passes for Friday and Saturday that sold hours earlier for $90 were being offered to buyers for up to $200.

Demand should remain steady right up to the start of the festival, according to Carpenter.

“There are a few types of buyers,” she said. “There are people who know they’re going to go every single year and want tickets right away, and there are those who want to wait until a little closer to the fest to consider the lineup and see what the weather’s like.”

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