A row has erupted after it emerged Belfast councillors are each entitled to four tickets for the Van Morrison gig in the city next month.
Tickets for the concert, which is being played for free on November 15 by the east Belfast musician to mark his Freedom of the City honour from the council, are open only to Belfast residents.
The allocation to councillors means 204 tickets will be reserved elected representatives and VIPs - a fifth of the total 2,3000 tickets.
Belfast citizens, who can still apply for tickets until 5pm on Wednesday, are each allowed a total of two.
Former Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers defended the move, saying it is a commonplace trend when councils organise big events like this.
“We’ve tried to do this in fairest way possible,” he told the BBC Nolan show. “We’ve done our level best to try and accommodate as many people as possible. I know we’re going to disappoint people.
“Many of us are giving tickets to people who would never normally have the opportunity of attending the Waterfront Hall.
“We are a caring council. All councillors will play their part in ensuring that as many people as possible get the opportunity of coming along on that important occasion.”
But the move has been labelled “divisive” by others, with one man ringing in to say he is “a lifelong fan” and felt forgotten as he does not live in Belfast and cannot get a ticket.