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Debut Aussie Download Festival faces tout challenge

Australia’s first Download Festival has already seen its tickets on the secondary market after only going on sale this morning (Monday).

The tickets, which have only been available through a pre-sale since earlier today, have been advertised by scalpers for hundreds of dollars more than they are worth at face value.

Tickets have been seen on resale sites such as eBay, Ticketmaster Resale, and Viagogo for as much as Aus$375 (£219/€246/$287) when they were originally sold for Aus$169.90.

Customers of telecommunications company Optus were able to take part in the pre-sale this morning at 9am that will go on until tomorrow. General sale begins on Thursday at 9am.

It has not been made clear whether or not the Download organisers plan to establish its own official resale facility to support music fans to sell the tickets they no longer want or need.

The first-ever Download Festival Australia will be headlined by the likes of Korn, Limp Bizkit and Prophets Of Rage.

The Australian debut of the festival will be held in Melbourne on March 24 and based on the high level of interest in the event, organisers have already announced plans to expand the festival beyond 2018.

“[We’re] developing a five-year plan to make sure we have a solid future for the festival in Australia,” event producer Nigel Melder previously told Australian radio station Triple J.

He added that the aim is “to grow Download at a sustainable pace over the coming years, to a nationally touring festival for the long term.”

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