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Thousands Left Out Of Harry Styles $25 Ticket Album Bundle Presale

IndustryMusic

November 7, 2019
Olivia Perreault 5

Former One Direction-hearthrob-turned-solo artist Harry Styles announced a special one-off show to support his new album Fine Line this week, along with the option to score presale tickets for only $25. Now, fans are feeling cheated after all the tickets were scooped up in minutes.

Styles announced the special one-night only at Los Angeles’ Forum on December 13 yesterday. The presale was set to take place this morning, and those who preordered his album received a code.

PREORDER THE ALBUM BY 10pm PST TODAY FOR PRESALE ACCESS TO THE FORUM SHOW! pic.twitter.com/YOxUcDd20f

— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) November 6, 2019

Styles is the latest artist to take advantage of the album bundling tactic – something that has been criticized over and over in the industry. Artists include a copy of their record with each ticket purchased. Fans are frustrated that the marketing team made it seem like buying merchandise would solidify fans’ chances at scoring tickets — this wasn’t the case.

It seems like the system was flawed from the start. Fans complained that when they originally signed into Ticketmaster as early as 5 a.m., they were placed in the back of a queue, even if they didn’t have a code. Yet, because of this error, people were able to get into the queue even if they hadn’t purchased anything beforehand. After 2,000 people purchased tickets, the presale was sold-out.

Fans took to Twitter to express their frustration:

I’ve literally had the Ticketmaster page open for Harry Styles presale since 8am and I have 2000+ people in front of me?? OK if I don’t get a ticket I’m hibernating until 2020

— sará (@SARAdise_) November 7, 2019

Bought a CD, woke up at 4:50, stayed up till presale went live, missed class, didn’t do my hair, waited in a line w 2k+ppl, AND STILL DIDNT GET TICKETS #HarryStyles pic.twitter.com/RTmmMkMfuO

— yikes (@gabyxburgueno) November 7, 2019

did i just spend $72 on the album and a shirt just to get the code but ended up not getting a ticket at all? 🤠#HarryStyles

— danica (@hsmnll) November 7, 2019

Really waited 40+ mins for Ticketmaster to play me and not let me get a ticket 🙃. Nobody talk to me for a week. #HarryStyles pic.twitter.com/BNkM1Ksxxf

— alisha (@ughlishaa) November 7, 2019

Went from 2000+ to 1 in like a second just now but cant get a ticket 😭 #HarryStyles pic.twitter.com/cvX7wIIwi5

— Karebear (@karebear1Drland) November 7, 2019

ME TO MYSELF THINKING THAT PRE ORDERING A VINYL, BUYING PLANE TICKETS, AND WAKING UP THREE HOURS EARLY TO LOG IN TO TICKETMASTER WOULD SECURE MY #HarryStyles TICKETS pic.twitter.com/IvlOuYMvFm

— Evelyn (@Just_A_Dreamer5) November 7, 2019

Fine Lines, Styles’ sophomore solo record, is due December 13 – the same night as The Forum show.

Thousands Left Out Of Harry Styles $25 Ticket Album Bundle Presale