Monday, August 13, 2018

Touts out

Back in May I wrote in praise of those pressuring secondary ticket sellers such as Viagogo as part of a concerted effort to rid the live music sphere of the scourge of professional touts. So it's equally pleasing to learn that one of the industry's biggest hitters is now on board, with Ticketmaster announcing that they're to scrap both Seatwave and Get Me In in October.

As the BBC article notes, there's a possibility that Ticketmaster have jumped before they were pushed, and have done so for business reasons rather than any genuine desire to take a firm stand against the touts. Nevertheless, whatever the circumstances and motivation, it's another step in the right direction and puts the ball firmly in the court of Viagogo, StubHub and others.

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