Thursday, January 12, 2017

Daylight Robberie

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That seems to have been the decision taken by ie:music, Robbie Williams' management company, who in November 2015 signed a petition protesting about the actions of unscrupulous ticket touts but who have now been revealed to be touts themselves, flogging tickets directly on resale sites at a grotesquely inflated price. Not that £95, the apparently standard price, isn't an obscene amount to be spending to subject yourself to Robbie Williams, of course...

If this is indeed common practice - as Ticketmaster's statement that the approach has been used "for many years" implies - then the hypocrisy is staggering. When it comes to the music industry, though, what's new?

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