Be careful buying Soundset tickets – some people are getting scammed


The organizers of a popular annual hip-hop music festival are warning people about fake tickets.

In a post on Soundset's Facebook page, organizers said "fraudulent, invalid tickets" are being sold online through Craigslist. An example of the fake tickets is pictured above, and Soundset says that's "not what the actual tickets look like."

Organizers say there are "identifiable security marks" on the tickets that will help security staff validate real tickets at the May 29 festival. And if your ticket doesn't have them, you won't be getting into the festival.

At least one person has posted on Craigslist looking for help identifying the person they purchased two fake tickets from. The post is dated about two weeks ago.

Soundset says the only legitimate places to buy tickets are through the festival's website, online at frontgatetickets.com, or in person at Fifth Element on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.

VIP tickets are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available.


The ninth annual Soundset festival is being held at the State Fairgrounds, with gates opening at 11 a.m. The lineup features dozens of acts, including: Atmosphere, The Roots, Common and Doomtree.

For more information on attending the festival, including what you can bring inside, click here.

Tips when buying tickets online

The BBB has a few tips to avoid getting scammed when buying tickets online, including:

  • Be skeptical. If tickets are marketed as extreme discounts – there’s a good chance it’s too good to be true.
  • Check the seating chart so you don't buy tickets for nonexistent seats.
  • And Avoid paying cash in person to a stranger and never wire funds for payments. Instead, use a credit card or PayPal, which offer some protection to buyers if tickets don’t arrive or are counterfeit.

Ticketmaster also has a concert counterfeit ticket guide that has more information.

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