NY City Council Member Seeks to Require Up-Front Service Fee Disclosure
A new measure proposed by New York City Councilman Justin Brannan would require those selling tickets list fees with the initial price, rather than deep into the transaction, as so often practiced by the industry, according to a story in the Daily News. Brannan, a democrat representing Brooklyn, introduced... Read more
Op-Ed: Everyone’s Worst Fears About Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Have Come True
This opinion piece about the monopolistic industry practices of Live Nation Entertainment was written by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) and published in the Los Angeles Times. When President Obama was deciding in 2009 whether to approve a merger between the world’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation, and the... Read more
Atlanta Hamilton Fans Find Jacked-Up Prices Following Day One Inventory Holdback
As has been the case at every location that Lin Manuel Miranda’s hip hop/history tour de force Hamilton has set up shop, the performance saw major demand as it went on sale in Atlanta last month. Fans hoping to score tickets were met with long delays as the system queued... Read more
Parking Snafu, Traffic Cause Many U2 Fans to Miss LA Forum Show Entirely
According to posts on social media, fans who paid hundreds of dollars to see the first night of U2’s two-night stand at the Forum in Inglewood sat in traffic for over an hour and then were turned away being told that the parking lots were full. There was some... Read more
New Republic Writer Calls for Breakup of Live Nation Following GAO Report
In the wake of Monday’s report by the United States Government Accountability Office on the ticketing ecosystem, David Dayen published a scathing piece in The New Republic on the findings of the report Tuesday. Titled The Ticket Monopoly is Worse Than Ever (Thanks, Obama), Dayen’s piece argues that the... Read more
Scott Hutchison Of Frightened Rabbit Found Dead At 36
Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, 36, was found dead Thursday near South Queensberry, Scotland around 8:30 p.m. local time, Edinburgh Police confirmed in a statement provided to NPR. The singer, known for writing rock songs that dealt with depression and anxiety, sent out a slew of cryptic tweets Tuesday... Read more
Ticketmaster Announces Move into Facial Recognition Territory
Not content to own all the data about the public’s concert and sporting preferences as well as whatever can be scraped from user social media by opt-ins to its Verified Fan system, Live Nation Entertainment is reportedly going to start compiling data on users’ faces. As part of last... Read more
Taylor Swift Tour Shuts Down Ticketmaster Resale Competition
With its first show set for Tuesday evening at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona, Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour has officially reached crunch time for ticket sales. In a last-ditch effort to fill the house, all resale tickets for her first leg of the tour have been removed... Read more
FYF Festival Cancelled After Ticket Sales Plummet
After poor ticket sales this year, festival owners Goldenvoice and AEG Live decided to cancel the annual FYF Festival in Los Angeles this summer, announcing the decision over the weekend. The FYF Festival, which was supposed to take place from July 21 to 22, was due for its 15th anniversary... Read more
Former Ticketmaster CEO Announces New Ticketing Venture “Rival”
Nathan Hubbard, who ran Ticketmaster in the four years following its merger with Live Nation before leaving to serve as Twitter VP of Commerce and Media, announced a new venture in a series of tweets on Friday morning. The details were thin on what exactly the company – called... Read more