Last week I was fortunate enough to be in Florida and even more fortuitously, not long after me and my girlfriend booked the holiday, one of the greatest British bands of recent times, Radiohead, announced they would be playing two shows in the state while we were there. I didn’t give my other half a choice in the matter, I told her we were going to at least one of these shows, however, because we would be based in Orlando it would involve an over night stay and a drive to either Tampa or Miami. We chose Miami but wanted to make sure we could book the car and hotel before booking tickets to the gig. This was ok, the tickets weren’t going on sale for a few week's. Week's past and the gig sold out before I could get my hands on a pair.

Not to fear, my US counterpart from the site (Katie) pointed me in the direction of ticket reseller called Stub Hub. It was on that website that I managed to purchase two tickets for pretty much face value and print them off, saving us the hassle of getting them posted to the UK. Safe to say the gig was fantastic, a 24 song marathon of the bands entire back catalogue including two brand new never before heard songs and two encores ending on a perfect rendition of ‘Karma Police’.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, in case it escaped your attention, yesterday Radiohead announced that they'll be playing a few UK shows this October. A number of things about the announcement caused some concern with fans, myself included. The first one being that Radiohead would play The O2 Arena. What happened to sticking it to the man? Turning their backs to big name sponsored venues and corporate hospitality? I’m not dwelling on that one too much - Miami’s gig was at the almost identically sized American Airlines Arena and I don’t think the venue changed anything musically or atmospherically. What did upset me and this is probably mainly down to my own doing but I (and my friends) knew the band would tour this year and we all hoped that the gig would be in Hyde Park, with a bumper line up and the sun setting behind the stage as Thom Yorke and Co played into the warm summer night instead of a dreary October evening after a day stuck at work.

Anyway, enough of my romantic gripes, the main thing that annoyed me and many other fans about yesterday's announcement was when tickets for this long awaited gig would go on sale. The tickets for this, the first time the band would play as a whole in the UK since their headline slot at Reading Festival 2009 would be on sale a mere 24 hours later. This was an attempt it would seem to catch ticket touts off guard. Fair play guys but you’ve also caught fans off guard, given the venue, speculation was that tickets would be in excess of £60 and I don’t know about you other Radiohead fans out there but I don’t have a £60 “Just in case Radiohead announce a gig” fund. Nope, fans will have to stump up what in the current climate is a huge amount of money or dust off the credit card in order to get tickets.

It turns out tickets were almost £70 once fees were added and sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale this morning. In another bid to crack down on touts, tickets will not be sent out and instead you will have to go to the gig with an email and ID where you will receive a wristband prior to entry. Tout that Touts.

This does leave me wondering though, with a seemingly tout proof ticketing scheme, why only give fans a days notice to stump up £70, which of course is actually more like £140 because you’re going to want to buy one for a mate to go with you at the same time. Why only give fans with a vast sum of money spare, or fans willing to go into debt, the chance to buy tickets? What about those of us who aren’t in that position, or own an O2 mobile for an extra 3 days grace on buying tickets from the mobile giants Priority scheme?

Finally, for a band who just a few years ago adopted a pay what you like approach to the album In Rainbows why are tickets so expensive? My ticket for Miami last week? $45. That's HALF the cost to see the same band in an identical venue to London’s O2. £70 is a fair price if you’re seeing 4-5 bands on the sunny afternoon I romanticised about, but for a headline and a support band I think this is hideously overpriced.

Tell us what you think over on our Facebook page, where our question of the day is “With Radiohead tickets going on sale today for £65 (without Booking Fees) 1. What do you think of the price? and 2. What's the most you've ever spent on a gig?”