AEG Finds Cure For Ticketless Fans

Hundreds of fans hoping to see acts including The Cure, Kaiser Chiefs and Snow Patrol will receive their concert tickets even after purchasing them from the now bankrupt Trinity Street.

About 500 Cure fans received an e-mail saying the British music marketing and e-commerce firm had gone bust and their ticket purchases were invalid for the act’s Feb. 26 show at London’s O2 Arena.

But show promoter AEG has reached an agreement with Trinity Street and tickets were to be sent out Feb. 23.

The Cure, which has won NME’s “Godlike Genius” award, is on the bill for the magazine’s annual awards ceremony along with Franz Ferdinand, White Lies and Crystal Castles.

AEG originally advised the fans to contact Tenon Recovery, which is looking after Trinity Street’s affairs, and offered similar tickets to the ones originally purchased.

Writing on the band’s Web site, Cure frontman Robert Smith called on all parties to be sympathetic, proactive and timely in effecting a solution to the problem rather than letting fans buy remaining seats and hope for a refund.

Former Trinity directors and co-founders David Robson and Andrew Murray filed a High Court action claiming they were wrongfully removed from the holding company’s board in December.

The company’s collapse has had a knock-on effect for rock fans across the U.K. because Trinity Street ran Web sites and merchandise stores for the likes of Elbow, Oasis and Robbie Williams.

A statement on the Trinity Street Web site says that tickets purchased through the company for upcoming Snow Patrol and Kaiser Chief tours are also secure.