Warner Buys Songkick App, Name; Ticketing Remains Independent
Warner Music Group has purchased Songkick’s concert-recommendation business and name, according to a deal announced Friday and reported by the New York Times. The ticketing end of Songkick’s business will remain independent, under a new name yet to be determined. With an audience of over 15 million people per... Read more
New Workshops for Entrepreneurs a Hit at Ticket Summit
For its 11th iteration, Ticket Summit brought in a new wrinkle for 2017 – a series of Workshops for Entrepreneuers, spread throughout Wednesday and Thursday’s schedules. Topics and speakers were chosen to bring a small group learning strategy together for conference attendees, and judging by attendance and participation, the... Read more
Lively Discussion Anchors Ticket Summit Industry Keynote
While opportunities for learning and networking abounded at day one of Ticket Summit, the marquee event was the keynote panel, featuring some industry leaders in a lively discussion on the ticketing industry as a whole. Michael Katz of StubHub, Larry Plawsky of Ticketmaster Resale, Curtis Cheng of DTI Management,... Read more
Marlins’ Loria Suing Own Fans Over Cancelled Tickets
In a move that would be shocking if not for his long history of outrageous actions, Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is having the team pursue several lawsuits against fans who cancelled multi-year season ticket arrangements when the team failed to hold up its end of the bargain. Currently,... Read more
Ticket Summit 2017 Kicks Off With Casual Reception
Ticket Summit 2017 got underway at The Venetian in Las Vegas with a Tuesday evening reception that saw friends, clients, and competitors come together for some casual conversation before the meat of the annual ticketing convention begins Wednesday morning. The event, which is in its 11th year, is expected... Read more
Jay-Z 4:44 Tour For Sale – If You Meet Their Criteria
It’s heady times for fans of rap mogul Jay-Z, as the artist’s 4:44 came out in late June and has already gone Platinum, and he is heading out on tour to support the work, which has been widely acclaimed. Unfortunately, as with most major tours these days, fans are... Read more
New York Officials To Meet With Lobbyists on Ticket Resale Law
With the legislative session in its rear view mirror, New York officials are already looking forward to 2018. Ticket resale rights will again be on the docket, and officials from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office will meet later this month with industry representatives to begin work on the subject, according... Read more
Twickets Readies Launch of Face-Value Exchange in U.S.
Twickets, which bills itself as the largest fan-to-fan secure ticket trading platform (with prices capped at face value plus booking fees), is set to launch in the United States. Currently, Twicketsusa.com has an email entry form inviting users to enter their email address to receive word when the launch... Read more
Another Festival Fails – Karoondinha in Pennsylvania Folds Before Debut
The latest in a series of high-profile festivals to fall apart in 2017, the Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival abruptly cancelled its scheduled July debut this week, leaving those who made travel plans for the July 21-23 event in central Pennsylvania in the lurch. Organizers for the event near... Read more
Once Again, Media Blames Brokers While Evidence Points to Local Fans
In a headline that has been written with a thousand variations after a thousand different events went on sale, The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, California, published an editorial on Wednesday evening titled “Garth fans: Is the Mid-State Fair doing enough to discourage scalping?” The existence of tickets on... Read more