Toronto, ONT – Drake’s eighth annual OVO Fest was announced on Tuesday (June 28) along with its lineup, which includes OVO Sound artists PARTYNEXTDOOR, dvsn, Roy Woods and Majid Jordan. Drake, of course, will headline the Toronto, Canada show.
Naturally, fans flocked to Livenation and Ticketmaster’s websites to cop tickets early Thursday (June 29) the moment they went on sale. The problem — the August 7 event sold out in a matter of minutes. Many people blamed ticket bots: internet robots tasked to buy a large amount of tickets at one time so they can be resold at a higher price on sites like StubHub.
When you wait all morning to buy @Drake 's OVO fest tickets and they sell out in two minutes because of bots <<<<<
— lee szn (@ltdiabla) June 29, 2017
— Melissa Muzyczka (@melmuzyczka) June 29, 2017
As of this week, the provincial government of Ontario, Canada implemented new ticketing guidelines, making ticket bots illegal and capping resale ticket prices at 50 percent above face value. It’s unclear how the rules will actually be enforced.
For now, Drake fans are taking to Twitter to express their frustration that they could miss yet another OVO Fest despite the 16,000 to 20,000 capacity of the Budweiser Stage where the concert is being held.
See some of the best reactions below.
Another year of not attending OVO Fest. I really deserve and I'm tired pic.twitter.com/XdnAO4hwl0
— Bria (@briasinterIude) June 29, 2017
Has anyone ever in the history of everdom successfully purchased OVO Fest tickets when they went on sale? 0% success rate 5 yrs in a row pic.twitter.com/kE3Gsx9FhF
— DW. (@taneeksss_) June 29, 2017
someone tell me how ovo fest tickets sold out in less than a minute???
— clyde (@Elo_Vo) June 29, 2017
OVO Fest? More like OVO stress from trying to get tickets.
— Sohrat P (@Sohrat_P) June 29, 2017
another ovo fest I won't be attending pic.twitter.com/ZskOW2KjUv
— amanlicious (@RoadKillAman) June 27, 2017
— Like Karate. (@GeePakChopRocks) June 29, 2017
How are OVO fest tickets sold out in 12 seconds? ?? pic.twitter.com/W6cpJ5KVbV
— Samantha F. (@samfaz__) June 29, 2017
— Michaela Conner (@MikConner) June 29, 2017
— Abdel Rahman Mouftah (@A_Mouftah) June 29, 2017
@TicketmasterCA useless, absolutely usless. How did they run out of ovofest tickets in less than a minute?!
— junnet (@junnetali) June 29, 2017
— Nav Nanwa (@NNanwa) June 29, 2017