Jackson concert refunds uncertain

Your Local Guardian: Michael Jackson was due to perform a string of London gigs Michael Jackson was due to perform a string of London gigs

Michael Jackson's fans have been left in the dark over whether they will all receive refunds for tickets to his massive 50 concert residency, following his death.

The self-styled King of Pop was due to perform farewell concerts in London this summer, bowing out on an illustrious music career spanning several decades while aiming to restore his fortunes.

In March, tickets to his This Is It concerts at London's 02 became the "hottest selling on the planet", according to organisers, with 750,000 fans snapping up tickets to see the King of Pop.

A representative for concert organisers AEG said an announcement was expected later today (Friday), but there were delays due to time differences with the United States.

Fans who bought tickets through official agencies - face prices were from £50 to £75 - can look forward to a refund, but those who bought them from a third party at a premium may find themselves out of pocket.

Tony Northcott, of the Trading Standards Institute, said: "Sales coming through a third party like eBay or a man in the pub will be on sticky ground. If sales are through a third party then the terms and conditions disappear."

A giant screen showing a photograph of Michael Jackson was on display outside the 02 Arena.

Underneath a black and white image of Jackson dancing, a message read: "At this moment our thoughts are with Michael's children, family and friends. We will announce ticketing information in due course."

The first reports of Michael Jackson's death emerged on a showbiz website sparking a massive surge in online traffic around the globe as millions of people logged on to find out more.

So many people wanted to verify early reports of his death that the computers running Google's news section interpreted the "Michael Jackson" requests as an automated attack for about half an hour.

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