No Monkey business as mum is forced to go to gig

Disgusted: Avril Horton.
Disgusted: Avril Horton.
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AVRIL Horton prefers the smooth tones of Canadian crooner Michael Buble to Sheffield band the Arctic Monkeys’ loud guitars...

But the 57-year-old is being forced to attend the city rockers’ homecoming gig with her teenage son and his mates next month regardless - thanks to strict rules which dictate the credit card holder who bought the tickets has to see the show.

And husband Richard, 52, an insurance company administrator, warned: “There’s going to be a lot of people in the same position that don’t realise it yet.”

Avril bought four tickets for the first of the Arctics’ two homecoming gigs at the Don Valley Bowl using her credit card on behalf of her 16-year-old son, also called Richard, and three of his pals.

But strict measures put in place to combat ticket touts say the card holder must go to the gig themselves - meaning Avril has to attend, and one of her son’s schoolboy friends will be left out.

Age restrictions on the June 10 and 11 shows, set to take place in a huge tent at Don Valley, also state youngsters aged 16 or under have to be accompanied by an adult - so Avril has to go anyway.

The housewife, of Daleview Road, Beauchief, queued for two hours at the Sheffield Arena box office to buy the tickets, which cost £143 in total.

She said the situation was a joke. “It’s disgusting - I think they are clamping down too much,” she said.

“I knew it was card-only and not cash, but 16-year-olds haven’t got credit cards, they’re not old enough.

A spokesman for concert firm Live Nation, which manages the Arena box office, said the anti-touting measures were put in place ‘with the best of intentions’.

However, he admitted that they were ‘not straightforward’.