WATCH: Hoping to score tickets to the Tragically Hip Victoria concert? Tess van Straaten tells you what you need to know about the final ticket release Friday morning.
Victoria’s Cam Robinson has been a huge Tragically Hip fan for 15 years.
“Their music is amazing and Gord Downie’s stage presence is just fantastic,” Robinson says.
He’s been to six Hip concerts and he’ll never forget the time front-man Gord Downie singled him out from the crowd.
“He actually spoke to me one time when I was up on my friend’s shoulders and was talking about me on stage for a few minutes,” Robinson recounts. “It was a big highlight for me.”
The iconic Canadian band announced its farewell tour last week, after revealing Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
The tour kicks off in Victoria July 22nd, so Robinson knew he had to be there.
But pre-sale tickets sold out in minutes, with scalpers trying to capitalize on the huge demand.
“It was really disappointing,” Robinson says. “To have people get in there and try to sell them for double or three times the value — that’s not what it’s about. It’s about the music and the fans getting out to see them one last time.”
Scalpers snatching up concert tickets all too common
Sadly, experts say what we saw with the pre-sales is all too common.
“The kind of dirty secret of the concert industry is that happens,” says Times Colonist music writer Mike Devlin. “That’s just the nature of the industry in 2016 and it’s unfortunate when it happens to a show like this and with a band like this.”
The Victoria concert will be held at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre and officials say your best chance of getting tickets is online at selectyourtickets.com
“Due to the efficiency of internet sales, there will be very few tickets that get processed at this building and I really want to make sure people understand that,” says Dave Dakers of RG Sports and Entertainment.
It’s expected the tickets will sell out in seconds — and only 10-12 tickets may be available at the box office.
Camping out to get Tragically Hip tickets won’t put you at the front of the line
But camping out the night before won’t help because they’ll be doing a random draw so the first people in line won’t necessarily get tickets.
Robinson didn’t want to wait, so he placed an ad on Craiglist and a woman in Yellowknife has already offered to sell him their extra tickets at their face value.
“I haven’t got the tickets yet so hopefully it works out,” Robinsons says.
Robinson and his fiance are getting married this summer and they’re hoping they can convince Downie to do the honours when he’s here.
“I’m one of his biggest fans so that would be a huge moment for us!”