Tickets going cheap as Bieber's star fades for Kiwi fans

By Ben Irwin

Justin Bieber's star appears to be waning.

With just four days until the Canadian pop singer's only New Zealand show at Vector Arena, there are 28 listings of unwanted tickets - but so far only six have bids and none of them have met the original sale price.

In one auction, two tickets which originally cost $128 each had a reserve of $130 for both. It had attracted just five bids, with the highest being $100 - still $30 short of the cut-price reserve.

Bieber had originally planned to play a second Auckland concert on Sunday, however it was cancelled last month due to "unforseen circumstances".

Official ticket agent Ticketmaster is still trying to sell tickets to Saturday's sole concert, with the cheapest costing $108.05 including fees. Two of those same tickets can be picked up on Trade Me for about $120.

Bieber enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame after being spotted on YouTube playing his guitar in 2010.

On his first trip to New Zealand that year Auckland Airport had to beef up security to cope with hordes of screaming girls.

But a series of bizarre incidents and bad press are thought to be putting off fans who are turning their attentions to clean cut acts like UK boy band One Direction. The picture is the same in Australia where fans are trying to offload tickets.

The Frontier Touring Company, which is promoting Bieber's Auckland concert, would not say how many tickets had been sold when contacted by the Herald.

- NZ Herald

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