Real Stereosonic Festival tickets are not yet on sale - but fakes are. Photo: Rukes.com
The promoters of Australia's biggest dance music festival Stereosonic have warned patrons about purchasing fake tickets that are popping up for sale on websites including Gumtree and eBay.
Legitimate industry tickets are being sold for $200-$210 but multiple fake ticket listings have been found on the sites, with some sellers offering "hard copy industry tickets" at a similar price. General ticket sales commence on August 1 at 9am.
Totem Onelove brand manager John Curtin said the fake Stereosonic tickets were first detected two days ago.
One of the headline acts: David Guetta.
"We are constantly searching and reporting on online selling sites," he said, adding that the festival had safeguards in place to verify fake tickets.
"We have registered tickets and our industry tickets are impossible to counterfeit," Curtin said.
One fake ticket vendor contacted by Fairfax refused to speak by phone, preferring to be contacted by text message. "I'm a promoter so I have industry tickets," she wrote in an SMS message to Fairfax. "I have as many tickets as you need. I do cash on pick ups."
When asked which company she worked for, the seller did not reply.
Curtin admitted it was "very hard to track" people who were selling fake tickets.
"Our advice is that if something is too good to be true it often is, eg. there is a seller selling tickets to our show for $70 on Gumtree," he said. "It is one of the hottest tickets in town so we find that hard to believe."
A Stereosonic spokesperson said the genuine tickets issued in the past two weeks had not been sold through online auction sites. "Industry tickets are available via an exclusive trusted network of people around the country. This network is a registered group of ticket promoters who sell hand to hand tickets on behalf of Stereosonic."
Stereosonic is expected to attract more than 60,000 fans to each show. It travels to Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane in late November and December. The line-up features some of the leading names in electronic music, including David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Empire of the Sun, Axwell and Calvin Harris.
Fairfax contacted eBay Australia (which also oversees Gumtree) for comment but it did not respond.