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Metallica fans angry at ticketing policy for Dublin gig

Irish concert promoter MCD has said it will address the concerns of Metallica fans following complaints over the marketing of tickets for the US rock band’s concert at Slane Castle in Dublin next year.

Metallica will play Slane Castle on June 8 as part of their European tour, with tickets having gone on sale on Friday.

However, fans have hit out following the decision to split the standing section for the gig, with the regular area priced at €99.50 (£89/$115.5) and a ‘Zone A’ section priced at €89.50.

Zone A is located at the back of the standing section and fans have taken issue, stating this was unclear when tickets were placed on sale.

Concertgoer Paddy McGrath told the Irish Mirror newspaper: “I noticed the Zone A trickery right away, where others hadn’t. I got two tickets for a friend and I with a pre-sale code and it ended up costing €20 more but we would rather that than being stuck practically in Navan watching the gig.

“This will be my fourth time at Slane and, personally, I would never choose to be that far away from the stage. If you’ve never been, the back is the top of the hill, and it’s quite a distance from the stage, although it is above it, so your view should be unobstructed. If it rains, the last place you want to be is on the hill as it just becomes a mud slide.”

Responding to the complaints, an MCD spokesman said: “If customers have any issue then we are happy to exchange their ticket. There are a small number of tickets on the hill at a reduced price for fans. No different to having 3 or 4 price level at shows.”

Along with the Dublin gig, Metallica are also playing two shows in the UK – at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester and Twickenham Stadium in London.

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