Struggling to get tickets sold

A quick search on the recycling app Tise shows over a thousand sales ads for tickets to the Justin Bieber concert in Trondheim on Sunday. Also in closed Facebook groups there are hundreds of posts about the sale of tickets.

– I didn’t think it would be so difficult to sell the ticket, but there are so many people selling, so it turns out to be more difficult than we thought, Cecilie Groven (21) tells TV 2.

When the tickets were released last November, the 21-year-old decided to buy an extra ticket for the concert in case anyone wanted to join. But when no one could, Groven had to try to sell the ticket.

LOOKING BACK: Beliebers Cecilie Groven (right) with sister Marita Groven (right) during the Justin Bieber concert in Oslo in 2013. Photo: Privat

It would turn out to be more difficult than initially planned.

Selling cheap

Cecilie Groven has been a “blood belieber” since 2009 and is scheduled to attend the concert in Trondheim on Sunday. She has been to several of the superstar’s concerts – and preferably in the front row.

– I have no plans to stop being a fan, so that is the reason why I am leaving. In the past, I have queued for twelve hours before concerts, so it is no stranger to me to give everything to get to the front to see him, says Groven.

TV 2 has seen several posts on social media in recent weeks from people selling Golden Circle tickets for NOK 300 per ticket. Such a ticket originally costs NOK 1,860.

The sales process has also been difficult for Christina Benedicte Halstensen (25).

– I bought my ticket when ticket sales started in Norway, but then I found out that I was admitted to study in Australia. Then I had no other options but to sell, says Halstensen, who has been a Justin Bieber fan himself since 2009.

MEETING: When Christina Benedicte Halstensen (25) was supposed to meet Justin Bieber in 2016, things did not go as planned.  Instead, the 25-year-old got to meet the cardboard figure version of the superstar.  Photo: Private

MEETING: When Christina Benedicte Halstensen (25) was supposed to meet Justin Bieber in 2016, things did not go as planned. Instead, the 25-year-old got to meet the cardboard figure version of the superstar. Photo: Private

She has been trying to sell the ticket since April – without success.

– I bought a Golden Circle ticket for almost NOK 2,000, which I first tried to sell for NOK 1,700. After that, I have gradually reduced the price, but have not received much of a response.

BIEBER-FEBER: A few of the Justin Bieber tickets on sale at Tise.

– Sold 40,000 tickets

The Justin Bieber concert is referred to as the biggest ever in Trondheim, in terms of the number of tickets sold, says organizer Bård Flikke, who adds that over 40,000 tickets have been sold.

– We sold out the concert with 40,000 tickets in November last year, but have released more tickets afterwards. We have received an approved capacity for 44,000 participants from the police, he says.

The organizer adds that they expect that approximately 55 percent of the participants will be visitors to Trondheim.

ILL: The superstar had to cancel several concerts this summer when he got Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, which affects the ability to control certain muscles in the face, among other things.  Photo: Valerie Macon

ILL: The superstar had to cancel several concerts this summer when he got Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, which affects the ability to control certain muscles in the face, among other things. Photo: Valerie Macon

– We have seen on Tise and social media that several hundred are selling their concert tickets. What do you think about it?

– When 40,000 have bought tickets ten months ago, it is natural that some of these end up not being able to go and will want to resell their tickets.

– Otherwise, we recommend that people who want to buy tickets do so with someone they trust, says the organizer.

Must give away the ticket

Cecilie Groven does not know what she will do if she cannot sell her extra concert ticket.

– Maybe I have to bring dad along, she says.

CONCERT: When Justin Bieber appeared in Denmark on Wednesday, the 28-year-old arrived with an IV stand.  But he did the concert.  Photo: Mario Anzuoni

CONCERT: When Justin Bieber appeared in Denmark on Wednesday, the 28-year-old arrived with an IV stand. But he did the concert. Photo: Mario Anzuoni

Christina Halstensen, on the other hand, cannot participate herself and sees no other solution than to give away the ticket, so close to the concert date.

– If I can’t sell the ticket, I might have to give it away to someone who actually wants to go. But it’s really annoying that I’m in the red so much, she says.

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