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Tickets for bushfire relief concert Fire Fight being sold online at triple the price

Tickets for bushfire relief concert Fire Fight being sold online at triple the price

Fire Fight Australia, a massive bushfire relief concert being held in Sydney, sold out in less than 24 hours, with all profits set to go towards bushfire assistance.

More than 70,000 people will see iconic acts such as Queen + Adam Lambert, k.d. lang, Alice Cooper and Olivia Newton-John.

However, scalpers almost immediately started to sell the tickets online.

“Gold” tickets, which were sold via Ticketek for $100 were being sold for $200 or more on Gumtree.

Tickets were also sold on eBay until they were removed for violating the website’s event ticket policy.

A spokesperson for eBay told SBS News, "we will continue to monitor and pull down any offending listing".

Geoff Jones, the CEO of concert organisers TEG said that it was “appalling”.

"it is obviously appalling to see this kind of scalping".

"It is not in the Australian spirit that we have seen demonstrated again and again during this crisis," Mr Jones told SBS News.

He has also stated that the website says that Ticketek is the “only authorised seller of Fire Fight Australia”.

"All concert ticket profits and all contributions through Ticketek will go towards these key organisations providing vital 'rescue', 'relief and recovery' and 'rehabilitation': Rural and regional fire services, Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, and RSPCA Bushfire Appeal," the website reads.

The concert is expected to run for more than nine hours and will also feature performances from Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem and Guy Sebastian.