‘I don’t have to go’: Reprieve for Arctic Monkeys ticket row mum

Relief: Avril Horton thought she would have to sit through an Arctic Monkeys gig with her son and friends, but now she doesn't have to go, thanks to The Star.

Relief: Avril Horton thought she would have to sit through an Arctic Monkeys gig with her son and friends, but now she doesn't have to go, thanks to The Star.

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A MUM who feared she would be forced to attend an Arctic Monkeys gig because of strict ticket rules for their homecoming shows won’t have to watch the concert after all - thanks to The Star.

Avril Horton, aged 54, bought four tickets for her 16-year-old son Richard and his three mates for the first of the Arctics’ two homecoming gigs at the Don Valley Bowl using her credit card.

But then Avril discovered she would have to see the show because of anti-touting conditions which dictated the card holder who booked the tickets must go to the concert - meaning one of her son’s friends would miss out.

Avril, of Daleview Road, Beauchief, called the situation ‘a joke’, adding she didn’t plan to stay for the whole gig.

Other furious readers also contacted The Star, fuming they were in the same situation.

But Avril has now been contacted by Sheffield Arena, where she bought the £143 tickets, who told her there had been a rethink since her plight was highlighted.

“A lady phoned saying my son and his three friends can go to the concert, but I must take them to the entrance with my credit card and ID so they can get in,” she said.

“I’m very happy about it - they can all go now.”

Avril - who prefers the music of crooner Michael Buble to the Arctics’ loud guitars - said she hopes other people with the same problem are benefiting from the U-turn.

“I hope they’ve made an exception for other people and that it’s not just me,” she said, adding Richard, a Year 11 student at Meadowhead School, is now overjoyed about seeing the gig with his pals.

“He texted all his friends and said ‘We can go!’,” Avril said.

“They’re all looking forward to it, they love the Arctic Monkeys.”

A spokesman for concert firm Live Nation, which manages the Arena box office, previously said all customers were told the terms and conditions before buying tickets for the June 10 and 11 gigs, and that they were given a receipt clearly stating the rules.

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