Taylor Swift Announces The Eras Tour for Stadiums in 2023
Taylor Swift will be back on tour in 2023, announcing The Eras Tour on Tuesday morning, hot on the heels of the unprecedented landing of every spot in the Top 10 of the Billboard chart. The Eras Tour will kick off with U.S. stadium dates in March of next... Read more
“Outrageous” Strait/Stapleton Ticket Prices Draw Fan Complaints
Country fans were thrilled this week with the announcement that “King of Country” George Strait and Chris Stapleton would be performing a run of stadium shows together in 2023, joined by Little Big Town. But that excitement quickly turned to shock at the ticket prices discovered when presales launched... Read more
President Biden Adds Support to Ticket “Junk” Fee Regulations
Fresh on the heels of the Federal Trade Commission’s vote in favor of rulemaking regarding “junk” fees, President Biden threw his weight behind the effort, which may profoundly impact how the live event ticketing business operates. While no specifics were detailed on what action might be taken, the President’s... Read more
FTC Announces Plans to Issue “Drip Pricing” Fee Regulations
The Federal Trade Commission voted to issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Junk Fees on Thursday, which could involve regulation surrounding so-called “drip pricing” tactics in event ticketing. Drip pricing is the tactic of showing one price to consumers at the start of a transaction, only to... Read more
New Campaign Calls on Regulators to Break Up Ticketmaster
A new campaign launched this week is calling on federal regulators to break up Ticketmaster and Live Nation, which merged in 2010, arguing that the combined company abuses its market power. The #breakupticketmaster campaign asks the Department of Justice to use its power to reverse the merger’s approval. Such... Read more
Plaintiffs Suing Ticketmaster Allege Bias by Mandatory Arbitrator
Plaintiffs suing Ticketmaster for alleged anti-competitive behavior have alleged that the company’s arbitration service is biased against them, and should be forced to hand over additional documentation from its work on behalf of the Live Nation-owned ticketing giant. Ticketmaster and its parent have repeatedly been sued for alleged anti-competitive... Read more
MSG Bans Plaintiff Lawyers in Ticket Lawsuit From Events, Venues
Madison Square Garden has reportedly banned a New York City law firm and its lawyers from attending events at any of its venues. Their crime? Representing clients who have filed a lawsuit against the venue or teams alleging they have violated New York law related to tickets and ticket... Read more
Ticket Evolution Acquired by Clearlake Capital, PrimeSport Founder
Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. and operating advisor Sam Soni announced their acquisition of ticket resale software system Ticket Evolution this week. The deal brings Mr. Soni back into the leadership of a ticketing firm, after he founded and served as CEO of PrimeSport, which was subsequently sold to On... Read more
Harry Styles Chicago Opener Cancelled at Last Minute
Harry Styles fans in Chicago got late-breaking bad news on Thursday, as the singer called off the opening night of his United Center “Harry’s House” Love on Tour shows Thursday, citing “band/crew illness.” The announcement came just hours before showtime, after numerous fans had already been camping outside of... Read more
Ed Sheeran Plans Sprawling 2023 North American Stadium Tour
Ed Sheeran will perform across North America in a big way in 2023, announcing 20 performances in stadiums throughout the spring and summer on his “+-=÷x” tour. The so-called “mathmatics” tour has been going for some time, but the shows will be the singers first in the United States... Read more