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Monkeying around

Great to see band of the moment the Arctic Monkeys taking a stand against over-inflated concert ticket prices caused by touts buying up blocks and then flogging them to the highest-bidding fan on eBay and other auction sites.

Arctic Monkeys, famed for garnering initial interest with relentless gigging and by posting songs for download on their website, cut the touts down to size by releasing restricted-allocation tickets for additional UK concerts at 6pm this evening. According to www.arcticmonkeys.com, this was a direct attempt to combat eBay entrepreneurs.

Enterprising as this plan may be, it's incredibly frustrating – not to say expensive – for fans who simply want to be able to attend their concerts. Inevitably, both the band's website and that of the ticket vendor all but fell over as soon as the ticket frenzy started (they sold out in minutes).

But at least the point was made.

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