Like many Paramore fans, I didn't manage to get tickets to the band's initmate show in The Garage, London this coming Friday. I was gutted, yes. Heartbroken some may say, but I wasn't surprised. Part of me knew that I wouldn't be quick enough to snap up one of the 600 tickets up for grabs. However, I've since discovered that I was wrong. Many of these tickets didn't actually go on sale, at least not all 600 did.
Today I discovered that at least 60 tickets were kept behind for the twitter account: ParamoreLDN (who have close connections with the band) to 'give away' in a Treasure Hunt around London. I normally would be delighted by this but sadly not. Joined by many others I was actually dissapointed in the band that I have adored for many years. I was dissappointed by the fact that they are being so igorant to the fact that not all British Paramore fans live in London and not all fans who wanted to go to the show live in London - I sure don't! The point is that I would have travelled for the show, I would have taken the train up and would have died to see Paramore in a 600 cap venue. However, tickets that the twitter account hold are only to be 'hidden' around London, and not everyone can get there in such short notice. Fans are up in arms about this on twitter (some may say there's a twitter RIOT, haha!)
Here's what one fan had to say about the situation:
"... 60 [tickets] being given away in the London area seems very unfair, especially as people can't drop plans and jobs to visit London and still not get tickets. I understand it's a 600 capacity venue, but I would have thought there would be more opportunities for a big fan base, especially the UK" -
This is not the only fan of the trio who is upset by the situation. Many fans united and spoke out about their disagreement of the situation.
There has also been controversity about the PFC (Paramore Fan Club) and how they were allocated tickets. Emails were supposidly sent out to members of the fan club to win tickets to the exclusive show, and up to 50 of these tickets were up for grabs.
Max Helyer from You Me At Six also tweeted lead singer Hayley Williams this afternoon that they would be going to the show on Friday night. These tweets were quickly deleted - I wonder why? Could this mean that it's another FOB situation? We already know that 50 tickets were kept for PFC, 60 for ParamoreLDN twitter account and a further 15 for The Big Event competiton again run by the same twitter account. This results in 125 tickets of the 600 tickets were kept behind for compettions and such, but were more kept behind for press and friends of the band, much like Fall Out Boy's exclusive London show?
It's fair to say that I probably wouldn't have given this a second thought if I was able to attend the show - as a Paramore fan or a photographer for Buzznet. I would have been so consumed by excitement that I wouldn't have given a thouht to those fans who managed to get tickets for The Garage. Has jealously and sadness taken over? While I understand that the rock trio should give their paying members of the fan club a chance to win tickets, much like they do for the sold out arena shows, I don't agree with the 60 tickets being hidden around London, and London only. Many people can't drop everything and travel hours and hours (3 and a half for me) to get to London, and may not even get tickets.
The fact is that whilst getting tickets to see Paramore at the 600 cap venue was always going to be like finding the golden ticket, it’s insulting for so many diehard Paramore fans to know that there are people attending the gig for no other reason than it being a freebie.
This show is a dream for many of the fans who managed to get one of the tickets, but for others it has been the worst thing to happen since the Farro brothers left. On a postive note; there has been rumours that the band is announcing a UK tour this week. Maybe we'll manage to get tickets for that - only time will tell.
Paramore's self titled album is released on Tuesday April 9th.