Fans hoping to go to the Michael Jackson tribute concert will be picked by the amount of money they donate to charity on top of the ticket price.
Chris Hunt, boss of gig organisers Global Live Events, told CNN profits from the October 8 Michael Forever show would go to charities in the United States and Britain. These are The Prince’s Trust, Aids Project Los Angeles and a cancer charity.
But fans logging on to buy tickets, which will not be available until August 4, are told: “Choose your ticket price and tell us how much you will give to the charities at the time of purchase.
“Remember the more you pledge to charity, the more chance you have of getting a ticket.
“Tickets will range from £55 to £289 plus shipping. The amount of your pledge is up to you.”
Jacko fan Daniel Robertson, from Cardiff, was appalled. The 32-year-old and his wife Ceri want five tickets for themselves and their three children.
The British Gas worker, of Mynachdy Road, Gabalfa, said: “It’s going to be like a lottery for the rich for myself and my family because the ticket prices are really high.
“They are steep ticket prices regardless, and then you have to donate to charity.
“I do a lot of work for the MS Society but it is wrong that you should be considered by the amount of money you can give to charity.”
On the concert’s Facebook page Caroline Rowley, who also lives in Cardiff, said: “What an utter disgrace. Choose what price you want to pay and then donate to a charity?
“The more you donate the more you stand to get a ticket? Disgusting.”
Mayah Thomas said: “Makes no sense does it?”
Jackie Segers claimed donations should go to Africa “to honour Michael”.
“I’ll gladly donate then, even if I can’t attend,” she said.
Ben Baggins expressed his “deepest and most sincere indifference”.
“I give my money directly to charities,” he added.
Natascha Derycke branded the affair “so sad”.
The Echo contacted Global Live and was referred to PR company Franklin Rae.
A spokeswoman claimed she was not aware of the situation and was unable to comment.
The Millennium Stadium is owned by the WRU.
A spokesman said: “We will, as usual, ensure that all ticket distribution complies with the stadium’s obligations.”
He insisted the company only provided the venue, adding: “We will ensure that the promoter is aware of any concerns raised in relation to the sale and distribution of tickets to the concert.”
The show’s official website sets out a two-stage process to obtain tickets:
Register your interest, choose your ticket price and tell us how much you will give to the charities at the time of purchase.
Remember, the more you pledge to charity, the more chance you have of getting a ticket. Tickets will range from £55 to £289 plus shipping. The amount of your pledge is up to you.
A number of special VIP Packages will be available details to follow soon.
The Registration period will last 76 hours from 8pm British Summer Time on Thursday 4 August 2011 until midnight British Summer Time on Sunday 7 August 2011.
If you are successful you will be invited to purchase a ticket within the price band you have selected. “Your charity donation which you pledged at registration will be collected at the same time as you pay for the tickets.”
Full details can be found here: http://home.michaelforevertribute.com/home.html