Tragically Hip Presale Ticket Sellouts Leave Fans Fuming

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Canadians hoping to catch what may be The Tragically Hip's final tour were left empty-handed and angry when tickets quickly sold out on Monday morning.

Presale tickets for the band's "Man Machine Poem Tour," announced last week after lead singer Gord Downie revealed his brain cancer diagnosis, were snapped up faster than fan club members could access them.

And seeing the tickets appear at massive markups only added to the pain, CBC News reported.

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Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip performs on Day 9 of the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on July 17, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo: Mark Horton/WireImage via Getty Images)

The presale for the band's shows went on sale at 10 a.m. local time.

But tickets for the Vancouver show were gone from Ticketmaster only an hour later — right around the time fans started seeing them on StubHub for anywhere from $310 to $3,653.

Ticketmaster prices had ranged anywhere from $116 to $166, according to CBC News.

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The Tragically Hip's lead singer Gord Downie performs during the band's opening act for the Rolling Stones in Moncton, N.B., on Sept. 3, 2005. (Photo: Paul Darrow/Reuters)

Global News reported that members of the Tragically Hip's fan club were given special presale access, allowing them to buy a maximum of four tickets on a single credit card.

But music journalist Alan Cross said "something really stinks" after presale tickets sold so quickly.

"Mad doesn't begin to describe the mood across the nation," he said.

Many fan club members wrote to him, saying it was impossible to buy tickets within minutes of them going on sale.

Although not everyone had the same experience.

StubHub later issued a note to Hip fans.

But that didn't exactly quell the anger.

The Tragically Hip added four more tour dates in response to the outcry.

In addition to the dates they'd already announced, the Hip will also play:
  • Vancouver's Rogers Arena on July 26
  • Edmonton's Rexall Place on July 30
  • Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome on Aug. 3
  • Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Aug. 14.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, May 31.

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