R. Kelly Controversy Causes Concert Cancellations
R&B artist and rapper R. Kelly, most well-known for his 2002 hit, Ignition (Remix), has just cancelled at least three stops on his U.S. ‘After Party’ Tour with uncertainty about at least one more, according to billboard.com. The confirmed cancellations are shows at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans,... Read more
Finding the Sweet Spot of Relevance at Ticket Summit
Any industry conference is going to be a bit “inside” by its very nature. Registration is going to be full of people within a very specific marketplace, and a lot of them are going to know each other. Ticket Summit, which was held last month in Las Vegas, is... Read more
Will Patinkin Casting Row Cause “Great Comet” Flame-Out?
Already reeling following a disappointing night at the Tony Awards and the departure of star Josh Groban, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” took another major hit last week. Looking to goose sales of the flagging production, Broadway vet and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin was tapped... Read more
ShowClix Announces Investment from Providence Strategic Growth
PITTSBURGH, PA, July 31, 2017 — ShowClix, Inc., the leading cloud-based provider of full service event ticketing, today announced it has received a strategic investment by Providence Strategic Growth (“PSG”), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity, a global private equity firm with more than $50 billion in assets... Read more
Mayweather-McGregor Fight Not Selling as Well as Hoped?
A quick scan of the headlines this week shows a predictable narrative: tickets to the August 26th “superfight” between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Conor McGregor were snapped up super fast, and are now available at ridiculous prices in the secondary market. While the latter is true, the former is... Read more
After Blaming Scalpers for Scarcity, Promotor Releases Hundreds of Last-Minute Garth Brooks Tickets
Almost exactly a month ago, headlines in San Luis Obispo, California blamed scalping for the paucity of tickets available for Garth Brooks’ show at the Mid-State Fair. Wednesday, the same newspaper published a story detailing how hundreds of tickets are now available for the show, having been released by... Read more
Live Nation (LYV) Riding Secondary Market to Big Growth
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post indicated that Live Nation’s earnings call would be on Thursday, July 27. That call was rescheduled for Wednesday, August 9. The post has been updated to reflect this fact. Industry sources are expecting Live Nation (LYV) to show a significant increase... Read more
Ticketmaster Opens NY Legal Push With Misleading Claim
Is a misleading claim in its opening volley in the quest to shape ticketing law in New York a sign of things to come from Ticketmaster? The ticketing giant was one of many operators in the industry to meet with legislators and officials of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office last... Read more
StubHub Mistake Burns Atlanta United Fans
An internal error by ticket marketplace StubHub is causing a bit of chaos for fans of the MLS Atlanta United franchise. Individuals holding tickets for Saturday’s game against Orlando City received an email from StubHub that the game was canceled. The only problem – it isn’t. Due to the... Read more
Keynote Takes Ticket Summit Guests Behind Music Industry Curtain
For ticket brokers, the music industry can be the key to much of their success or failure. Knowing the marketplace, with its constantly rotating cast of favorites and ever-changing preferences and styles, can make or break individuals and companies. That’s why it was a packed house for the Thursday... Read more