Meredith Music Festival fans who miss out on tickets when they go on sale will be protected from paying hugely inflated prices from scalpers.
The state government this week officially declared the Meredith Music Festival as a major event under its ticket scalping laws, meaning it is illegal to re-sell tickets for more than 10 per cent above the original value.
The ballot for tickets to the December 7-9 festival, which attracts more than 12,000 music-lovers, closed on Tuesday with further tickets being made available on August 22.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren declared the festival under the Major Events Act 2009 due to the expected strong demand for tickets.
Meredith Music Festival, and its sister festival Golden Plains, join Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, the 2018 AFL Finals Series and the Anzac Day AFL blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon as declared events.
People caught selling tickets at inflated prices can be fined from $806 to $483,500.
“We have always done what we can to keep our tickets from scalpers and this declaration offers the best protection yet for Meredith-goers,” said Meredith Music Festival Matriarch Aunty Meredith.
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