An individual has claimed that he pays an annual subscription fee to venues in order to acquire large batches of tickets for music events before redistributing them on the secondary market.

Speaking to Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, Canadian Julien Lavallee said he does not use so-called ‘bot’ technology and instead employs a team of 20 staff to snap up tickets as soon as they go on sale.

Lavallee claims that it was an agreement with London’s O2 Arena that allowed him to place 350 Take That tickets on sale before the general sale process had even commenced.

Lavallee told the Record: “We have contracts with venues that allow us to buy certain allotments in exchange for a yearly fee, so we reduce their risk in case they can’t attract the big acts.”

The Record approached the O2 Arena and a spokesman for the venue told the newspaper: “Annual membership of the O2’s VIP Club allows small businesses, corporate clients and individuals the right to buy a limited number of tickets for shows of their choosing throughout the year. Within the terms and conditions of the VIP Club licence, the resale of tickets is not permitted.” 

The Record reported that Lavallee will have his operations raised during a meeting of Westminster’s culture, media and sport committee this week.