Ticket scalping isn’t as common as in other countries in Munich and Germany, but Bild.de reported on Sunday, July 10, 2016 on tickets to a Munich open-air festival where tickets from scalpers cost over 20 times their face value. Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen have played in Munich this June, and whoever wanted to see them had no problem buying tickets for face value up until the day of the concerts. In August, Rihanna and The Weeknd are in town for a concert at Munich’s Olympic Stadium as part of Rihanna’s Anti World Tour, and tickets are still available.
Munich’s “Oben ohne” (literally “topless”, but in this case meaning open-air) festival is becoming more and more popular with Munich’s teens and students. The festival is organised by youth organisations of the city and has been taking place annually since 1998. In 2016, the one-day festival is set to take place on Saturday, July 23 at the Königsplatz square in Munich, Maxvorstadt.
Since all the costs of the festival are covered by the City of Munich and sponsors, tickets only cost symbolic €3 (the festival used to be for free until a few years ago) and of the acts come from Germany (mostly hip-hop). The capacity of the festival is limited to some 20,000 visitors, and tickets for the event have sold out fast. Organisers want the festival to remain a urban city festival and are reluctant to move to the outskirts. Whoever hasn’t bought theirs in time, now has to buy them for prices up to €60. The line-up of the festival includes: Genetikk, eRRdeKa, Kayef, Grossstadtgeflüster, Die Rakede, Xavier Darcy, Pepperella, Moda Robot and more.