Garth Brooks Breaks TM Sales Record – 50K Tickets in 30 Minutes
Signs have been pointing at a strong demand for a return to live events by fans as 2021 has progressed, and now Garth Brooks has put a bit of an exclamation point on them. The singer reportedly broke Ticketmaster’s record for rapid sellouts, with more than 50,000 tickets sold... Read more
Live Nation Reports $300M Q1 Loss As Reopening Continues
For Live Nation (NYSE:LYV), things are looking up as the United States continues to loosen the restrictions on live event attendance – but earnings have still continued to take a beating in the early months of 2021 according to its Q1 earnings report, issued this week. Revenue numbers were... Read more
Broadway Reopening Set for September; Tickets On Sale Thursday
New York is continuing its push towards a full reopening in 2021, and Broadway will be back in September, per an announcement from Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday. The famed New York City venues that have been shuttered since March of 2020 due to the coronavirus will be able to... Read more
New York Announces Lifting of Event Capacity Restrictions on May 19
New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state would be lifting all capacity restrictions on restaurants, concert venues, museums, theaters, and bars. The changes will go in effect as of May 19, a surprisingly rapid rollback in restrictions that have existed since March of 2020. “Today is... Read more
ECHL Plans Annual Meetings in Las Vegas Alongside Ticket Summit, ALSD
The ticketing world will converge on Los Vegas in August, and the ECHL is joining the party. The hockey organization announced it would be hosting its annual league meetings concurrent with Ticket Summit and the Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) conferences, taking place at Aria on the Las... Read more
Florida Venue Threatens to Cancel Resold Jimmy Buffet Tickets
A venue in Florida is threatening fans who have purchased tickets to an upcoming series of Jimmy Buffett concerts, saying they have no intention of honoring tickets if they were bought through resale marketplaces. The performances, taking place at Old School Square in Delray Beach, run on four days... Read more
Indy 500 Plans Largest U.S. Crowd Since Pre-COVID – 135,000 in May
The Indy 500 – “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” – has announced that it will host up to 135,000 fans at its event in May, which will be the largest crowd for an event allowed since the coronavirus pandemic upended live events a year ago. The attendance, approved by... Read more
Vivid Seats Going Public Via Merger With Horizon Acquisition Corp.
A rumored deal that will bring Vivid Seats public via a merger with Horizon Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: HZAC) has been made official, announced by the companies early Thursday morning. Horizon, already publicly-traded, will merge with the Chicago-based ticket resale marketplace in a deal that will keep Stan Chia on... Read more
Illegal Venue Rebates to Draw Scrutiny at New York Ticket Hearings  
Ticketing rebates passed back to venues and promoters are expected to be a central focus at upcoming hearings regarding the ticketing business held in New York. Such rebates, which are funded through “service fees” charged to consumers at the point of sale by vendors like Ticketmaster and AXS, are... Read more
Representatives Ask Biden Officials to Probe Live Nation-Ticketmaster “Monopoly”
Five U.S. Representatives have asked the Biden Administration to take steps towards more strongly regulating the live event tickets marketplace, particularly with its handling of the “longtime Live Nation-Ticketmaster monopoly.” Longtime critics of the industry and the enormous business at its center Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and... Read more